The Cowboys missed Devante Parker, but another proven veteran could be on the block in Tennessee.
The NFL has already seen two blockbuster deals involving wide receivers – Davante Adams in Las Vegas and Tyreek Hill in Miami. Another lesser deal saw Devante Parker move from Miami to New England.
And now ESPN says Dallas tried to get in on the latter.
So… The Tennessee Titans might be flirting with the idea of moving AJ Brown and why shouldn’t the Cowboys have their eyes on it?
Brown would join CeeDee Lamb in forming one of the NFL’s best 1-2 punches. With Dak Prescott at center, the Cowboys should be looking to add as many weapons as possible.
Brown and Tennessee could discuss a contract extension after the 2022 NFL Draft, where the Cowboys have the 24th pick. They’ve been linked to some receivers in this slot, but why not take the plunge on Brown after three buoyant years in the league?
This would certainly make fans feel much better about the current depth chart at receiver.
WR James Washington reminds fans of a former Oklahoma State wide and looks like a flight signature.
Once it was announcement that WR Amari Cooper was being shipped out of town to the Cleveland Browns, it felt like one of those times when you remember exactly where you were when big news broke.
Now faced with who would replace Cooper, the franchise re-signed WR Michael Gallup and tackled former Steelers WR James Washington in free agency, which to some was an odd signing.
Washington, who broke into the league in 2018, was known as a speedster coming out of Oklahoma State, and he showcased that a lot early in his career in Pittsburgh. However, due to poor QB play and limited opportunities, Washington went from 44 catches for 735 yards in his sophomore year to just 24 catches for 285 yards last season.
As it is reported that Gallup is going to be out for a few games, there is no clear answer if he will be up to speed immediately. I understand that he and Dak Prescott already have this connection that goes back a few seasons, but he will always come back from an ACL injury.
I predict Washington will be a sneaky good WR2 behind WR CeeDee Lamb and fans will congratulate the front office on the signing when they see him burning opposite corners.
Michael Irvin is never one to hold back when it comes to his thoughts on the Cowboys.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones defended the team’s moves (or especially lack thereof) by pointing out that this time last year they hadn’t drafted the linebacker. Micah Parsonswho unanimously won Defensive Rookie of the Year and earned All-Pro honors.
Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin sees a way for the Cowboys to improve in 2022.
“They lost talent. They are not a better team talent-wise,” Irvin said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. “This game does not require any skill. It takes willpower. If a team loses a bit of skill but gains more willpower, it still calls for doing great things. If the Cowboys can handle the disappointment of this loss to San Francisco — beat you at home — if they can take that and internalize it in the offseason and come in with less skill and more willpower and have a better season.
Irvin hopes players will be injured as much as injured former players and fans after the Cowboys’ upset loss to the 49ers in the wildcard round. The Cowboys were the only home team to lose in the first round.
“They’re not as skilled as they were last year,” Irvin said. “When you lack skills, you have to overcome them with will and solidarity. A man’s greatest promise comes from his greatest pain. If they felt the pain like we felt and like these fans – I want to see them pranksters in the field crying like that.I want it to hurt them like that.
“But I didn’t see that. I hope they cry like karatekas inside. But I didn’t see him outside.
London is a first-round talent the Cowboys may not be able to pass on at No. 24.
Compatibility with Cowboys:
The Cowboys have moved away from the prototype big-body X receiver since Bryant left in 2018, and it’s entirely possible that Dak Prescott doesn’t prefer those types of receivers. Amari Cooper’s departure paves the way for CeeDee Lamb to move up to No. 1 receiver status, but it would be foolish for the Cowboys to move away from the NFL’s tendency to collect alpha-type receivers.
London would give the Cowboys what they’ve been missing since Bryant’s departure. A big-bodied X receiver, who can go up and point the football; is excellent in contested capture scenarios, with good body control and surprisingly good YAC ability. In fact, fans may have to go all the way back to the days of Keyshawn Johnson to find a high-end Dallas receiver with that kind of stature.
Burks would be the first Arkansas player drafted by the Cowboys since Felix Jones in 2008, and has similar playing ability.
How he helps the Cowboys:
Ironically, the receiver the Cowboys lost this offseason resembles Burks in many ways. I’m not saying Burks are exactly like Amari Cooper right now, but they do have a few similarities, mostly in the way they run routes, separate from coverage, and just their overall fluid nature on the pitch. Burks is a go-getter when the ball is in the air and he would be a playmaker the Cowboys could use right away. The receiver is a need, especially long-term, and Burks would immediately give the Cowboys a player ready to plug in now.
Kyle Youmans report: Burks is going to be a problem at the next level. Thick and long aren’t normally terms used to describe receivers, but it can be its own special case. Plays a physical brand of football and knows how to win in traffic. A willful blocker who is always looking to make an impact. One interesting thing is that he’s mostly seen zone coverage this season and it was rare to see someone so inexperienced against a press man. PLAYED IN THE SLOT A LOT. And was used as a ball carrier or a threat to carry the ball on the move.
With all the talk about the Cowboys focusing on receivers, their dire needs on the offensive line can’t be ignored.
Spencer Burford, Occupational Therapist, UTSA
The Cowboys have multiple needs around the offensive line and could take several unit hits in the draft.
The UTSA product Spencer Buford isn’t polished enough as a pass guard to be an immediate starter. However, he has experience both on tackle points and inside. He’s also a powerful run blocker that matches Dallas’ desired physical identity.
“Burford is very effective as a run blocker on the back of zone runs,” wrote Brandon Thorn of the B/R Scouting Department. stalks targets in screenplay and as an extractor using his speed, angles, and alertness on the move.”
While the Cowboys couldn’t rely on Buford starting in Week 1, he would be a great depth addition for 2022 and possibly a full-time starter down the road. The 117th-ranked prospect on the B/R board, Buford could be available on Day 3 and is worth trading for acquisition — Dallas holds the 129th pick (Round 4).
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CB Derek Stingley, LSU
why he might fall
The 6-foot, 190-pound junior’s three seasons at LSU are well documented. Excellent first year for a national champion, followed by two seasons marred by injuries. Now? Stingley went from a likely top-5 pick to a possibility of not making the top-10.
From Pro Football Network‘s Oliver Hodgkinson: “There’s no denying that in their time, LSU CB has a potent blend of elite athletic ability, crazy ball skills and a high technical understanding of how to play. at position. … However, it remains to be seen whether Stingley can return from injury to the level of elite athleticism we saw in his first season.
Dallas has drafted three cornerbacks in the second or third round of the last two drafts, including 2020 second-rounder Trevon Diggs, who became an All-Pro in his second season. Those three players combined with veteran starters Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis give Dallas a strong mix of young and experienced CBs.
That said, 2021 second-round pick Kelvin Joseph could push Brown for playing time this year, but Lewis has no real backup other than Brown. In the unlikely event that Dallas is able to land Stingley, the Cowboys would likely move Brown to the slot and might even give Joseph a look there.
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