NFL Draft 2013: Are Cowboys Looking To Draft A Wide Receiver?

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22 teams were present at Baylor's Pro Day at the Allison Indoor Facility in Waco on Wednesday, among them three representatives from the Cowboys who took a good look at a pair of Baylor wide receivers.

Before you dismiss the idea of a wide receiver outright, keep in mind that the Cowboys reportedly were willing to give up a third-round pick in last year's supplemental draft for Josh Gordon, who ended up going to the Browns for this year's second-rounder.

Considering that Gordon started 13 games and accumulated five TDs and 805 yards on 50 receptions for an impressive 16.1 yards per reception, he'd have been good value for a third-round pick.

And if the Cowboys' presence at the Baylor pro day is anything to go by, their interest in a wide receiver remains unchanged. According to a report by Nick Eatman on DallasCowboys.com, the Cowboys showed up with a full contingent at the Baylor pro day: Wide receivers coach Derek Dooley, offensive assistant Keith O’Quinn and college scout Sam Garza were all on hand to watch the Baylor prospects work out.

The top prospect there is WR Terrance Williams, a solid second-round prospect who's occasionally projected as a late first-rounder. At 6'2" and 208 pounds, he has the prototypical size the Cowboys are looking for, and he has the production to go along with it, leading the nation last year with 1,693 receiving yards and catching 12 TD passes. But he's not the only prospect the Cowboys may have been looking at:

Williams opted not to run the 40, standing by his hand-held times of 4.4 at the Combine. He was impressive on the field with his route-running and his ability to catch, snagging all of Florence’s passes in his direction.

His teammate, Lanear Sampson, helped his cause by running 4.35 in the 40, a big improvement from the Combine where he was in the 4.5 range. Sampson also had an impressive workout on the field with a one-handed catch and smooth route-running. His chances of improving from a possible rookie free agent to a late-round pick have increased.

Williams and Sampson are both eligible for a visit in Dallas for the annual Dallas Days, so the Cowboys will get a second chance to make up their mind about whether a wide receiver could be worth a draft pick.

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