The Dallas Cowboys made a wise cap and roster decision last Friday. I know it is hard to believe but the team’s release of Dez Bryant was a two sided victory when you count in the fact that the team is set to save $8.5 million towards the salary cap, while also getting rid of a personality that hasn’t lived up to his paycheck for years. Now don’t get me wrong here, I think Dez Bryant can still play and the best thing for both sides is a fresh start.
But I want to look at a few options that the Cowboys could look to replace Bryant’s role with in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Courtland Sutton SMU, Projected round: 1-2
This projection is just too simple to make. The Cowboys can take a local college product who is a great vertical threat who uses their size to defeat opponents. Courtland Sutton and Bryant are both great red zone targets who averaged over 15 yards per catch, at their prime in the case of Bryant. Sutton would be an instant plug and play option for Dak Prescott and company next season.
Simmie Cobbs, Jr. Indiana, Projected round: 3-4
An intriguing prospect headed into the 2018 NFL Draft is Simmie Cobbs, who possesses similar traits to Bryant in his size and ability to win 50/50 jump balls down the field. A team could fall in love with Cobbs and draft him higher or more than likely his slow forty time will keep him in the middle rounds as a high reward, low risk option for a team like the Cowboys.
J’Mon Moore Missouri, Projected round: 5-6
If the Cowboys choose to not solidify the position in the first half of the 2018 NFL Draft, then going after a highly productive receiver out of the SEC in the later rounds is a strong option. J’Mon Moore produced over the last two season averaging over 16 yards per catch while reeling in 18 touchdowns over that time. The Cowboys would be wise to bring in Moore as a developmental prospect who could produce sooner rather than later.