Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Beyond the first round: Wide receivers
By Todd Archer
Each day over the next 10 days, we will focus on one position in the NFL draft by highlighting a prospect in Rounds 2-7 who might fit for the Dallas Cowboys. With so much attention placed on the first round in mock drafts, "Beyond the first round" focuses on lesser-publicized options beyond the first 32 picks. Today we look at wide receivers.
Jarvis Landry had 77 catches for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for LSU.
Second round --Jarvis Landry (LSU): He does not possess the physical skills of his LSU teammate, Odell Bekcham Jr., but he has the tools to be successful for a long time in the NFL. He had 77 catches for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013. He is not a true burner, but he can create separation and make big plays.
Third round --Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt): Like Landry, he is not a burner, but he has versatility. He can play outside, which is what the Cowboys need, and he can play the slot. He caught 112 passes for 1,477 yards and seven touchdowns. He has a knack for getting open in all kinds ways.
Fourth round --Josh Huff (Oregon): Like Matthews, he can play inside and out. The Cowboys have been linked to him since the Senior Bowl where he displayed terrific body control in making some difficult catches. He is strong after the catch and will not shy away from contact. He caught 62 passes for 1,140 yards and 12 scores.
Fifth round --Paul Richardson (Colorado): He is a playmaker with a game similar to DeSean Jackson. In a spread field, he can make plays, but his frame (178 pounds) makes him something of a question mark when it comes to press coverage. He missed the 2012 season with a knee injury but rebounded with a school record 1,343 yards in 2013.
Sixth round --Mike Davis (Texas): He worked out for the Cowboys at Dallas Day. He had better production as a junior but can some of that be attributed to the poor quarterback play? He can make the difficult catches and showed he would be a willing blocker at times. He has a lot of room to grow but the athletic ability to get there.
Seventh round --Tevin Reese (Baylor): Baylor has put out a number of solid receivers in recent year, and the Cowboys grabbed one in Terrance Williams last year. Reese does not possess the size you’d want, which makes him vulnerable to press coverage, but it is hard to argue with his numbers. He was limited to nine games in 2013 with wrist injury but still had eight touchdown catches, averaging 22.8 yards per catch.