After three picks addressing their defense, the Dallas Cowboys finally went to the offense, selecting WR Ryan Switzer with their fourth-round pick. Switzer played college ball at North Carolina. Switzer is an undersized slot receiver who has skills as a punt returner.
NFL COMPARISON David Anderson
BOTTOM LINE Wes Welker and Julian Edelman have become go-to comparisons for undersized slot receivers who utilize option routes to torment defenders underneath, but Switzer isn't quite on that level. However, he's able to create separation underneath and shows quality release quickness. Switzer is a slot-only target with punt return skills, but he has to find the right scheme fit to become a factor in the NFL.
WR Ryan Switzer, North Carolina: Switzer doesn’t have the measurables that most NFL teams are looking for at receiver, but when has that stopped him? At 5-8, 180 pounds Switzer will have rely on quickness and football IQ rather than raw talent to earn a roster spot, and his expertise as a punt returner is likely to open the door for him.
Defensive line/edge rusher: The Cowboys have needed help here for years, ever since the departure of DeMarcus Ware . DE Taco Charlton Cornerback: The Cowboys lost Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne in free agency. They still have three corners who can play, in Orlando Scandrick , Nolan Carroll and Anthony Brown , but they need depth, and a possible upgrade. CB Chidobe Awuzie, CB Jourdan Lewis
Safety: Starter Barry Church and sometime-starter/reserve J.J. Wilcox both exited in free agency, leaving the Cowboys with Byron Jones and question marks. Jeff Heath is currently the other starter, but a high pick int he draft could become the starter at the position.
Right Tackle: Doug Free is retiring, and Chaz Green has yet to show he can stay healthy. Free agent signee Byron Bell is a stop-gap, the Cowboys need to find the future at the position.
Cowboys draft picks:
(Round-pick in the round-overall pick)
1-28-28: DE Taco Charlton
2-28-60: CB Chidobe Awuzie
3-28-92: CB Jourdan Lewis
4-27-133: WR Ryan Switzer
7-10-228 Dallas from Buffalo
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