Dalton Schultz has made the headlines a bit this offseason. The young tight end is entering his fifth season currently under the franchise tag, but would like to have a long-term contract and opted to skip OTA practices to prove that point. The question remains whether Schultz will make himself available this week as the Cowboys head into the mandatory mini-camp portion of the offseason.

While that’s happening, the offseason around us doesn’t stop for anyone, and that includes the annual position rankings that pop up around this time every year. Dalton Schultz may want to bring Pro Football Focus to the negotiating table as his latest tight seeding puts him squarely in the top 10 at his position.

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8. DALTON SCHULTZ, DALLAS COWBOYS

Schultz has been a bit of a surprise escape in 2021, given the Cowboys only used him as a tackle in his first two NFL seasons and was underwhelming when he was brought into the passing game in 2020 The 2018 fourth-round pick took his 63.8 receiving rating in 2020 to 77.4 in 2021, and while he’s not going to shred single coverage like some of the Tier 1 guys, he can work the points. weak against zone coverage and has strong hands. He finished in the top six last year in sink rate (3.4%) and catch rate contested (63.2%, 12 of 19).

Schultz finished 2021 with a career-best statistical output with 78 receptions for 808 yards and eight touchdowns. It was clear last year that Schultz was the guy in the middle of the seamstress and a safety blanket for quarterback Dak Prescott. Stats show us that since he had an opportunity in the passing offense from 2020, Schultz has made the most of his opportunity.

Contract situations seem complicated at times, especially in Dallas, so it remains to be seen how this will all pan out for Schultz as the July 15 franchise deadline approaches. But what is clear is that Schultz is quickly gaining national respect among those who rank the positions.