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Off-season Priorities Pt. 6 [Wide Receivers]

This is the Sixth part of the weekly fan-post in which I evaluate the Dallas Cowboys Off-season Priorities. This week I will be focusing on the Cowboys Running Backs and draft prospects. If you want to check out any of the previous articles published, the links are below.

Archive: Pt. 1 | Pt. 2 | Pt. 3 | Pt. 4 | Pt. 5 |

The Dallas Cowboys left the 2012-13 season with few bright spots on their offense. The Wide receiver position was one of them. There were plenty of good moments for the bunch but, the biggest question out there was if the Cowboys can count on Miles Austin. Miles has all the tools you look for in a wide receiver. Hes tall, fast, strong, versatile, has good hands, & runs good routes. The question is whether he can stay healthy a full for a full season without having to sit out due to injury. Sure injuries are part of the game, but he seems to have caught an injury bug that wont stop biting his hamstrings. It was not all doom & gloom as the group experienced a breakout season from their 2010 first round pick & a couple of young wide outs.

Dallas Cowboys Wide Receivers:

Name

Receptions

Yards

Touchdowns

Yards per Catch

Dez Bryant

92

1,382

12

15.0

Miles Austin

66

943

6

14.3

Kevin Ogletree

32

436

4

13.6

Dwayne Harris

17

222

1

13.1

Cole Beasley

15

128

0

8.5

Anthony Armstrong

3

12

0

4.0

Dez Bryant who has continuously improved each season, exploded onto the scene with a monster performance against the Redskins Week 10 in Dallas Stadium. He ended the game with eight catches for 145 yards with two touchdowns. Dez would go on to score in seven straight games & propel the Cowboys into playoff contention with QB Tony Romo leading the way. By the end of the year, only five wide receivers had more receiving yards than Dez Bryant, & only two (James Jones, Erick Decker) had more touchdowns in the whole season. Dwayne Harris & Cole Beasley also shined in different games leaving the Cowboys hope that they can have some solid depth at the position. This is not counting Danny Coale who was initially drafted to be the 3rd receiver, & Anthony Armstrong who was added late due to injuries. For those wondering where is Kevin Ogletree? I'm not sure but, it was rumored he took the wrong route getting to this post. Their will be plenty of competition in training camp & the best of the bunch will be crowned as the 3rd wide receiver. Below I will list my top 12 receivers who will be available in the draft should the Cowboys take that route.

Name | College | Height | 40 time | Weight | Round Drafted |

1. Cordarrelle Patterson | Tennessee | 6'2 | 216 lbs | 1 Rd |

2. Keenan Allen | California | 6'2 | 206 lbs | 1-2 rd |

3. Tavon Austin | West Virginia | 5'9 | 174 lbs | 1-2 rd |

4. Robert Woods | South California | 6'0 | 201 lbs | 2 rd |

5. DeAndre Hopkins | Clemson 6'1 | 214 lbs | 2 rd |

6. Quinton Patton | Louisiana Tech | 6'0 | 204 lbs | 2-3 rd |

7. Terrance Williams | Baylor | 6'2 | 208 lbs | 2-3 rd |

8. Markus Wheaton | Oregon State | 5'11 | 189 lbs | 2-3 rd |

9. Justin Hunter | Tennessee | 6'4 | 196 lbs | 3 rd |

10. Aaron Dobson | Marshall | 6'3 | 210 lbs | 3-4 rd |

11. Da'Rick Rogers | Tennessee Tech | 6'3 | 217 lbs | 3-4 rd |

12. Marquise Goodwin | Texas | 5'9 | 183 lbs | 3-4 rd |

[The 2013 Wide Receiver Free Agent Class is available here.]

Leave your comments below on who you think the Cowboys should should draft or acquire in FA. Thanks for reading. - Moses

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