The Cowboys brought in Ohio State wide receiver, Curtis Samuel, but it was another Buckeye pass-catcher that got his ticket punched. The Cowboys selected wide receiver Noah Brown with the 239th overall pick.
The Cowboys are already stacked at receiver. They re-signed both Terrance Williams and Brice Butler this off-season and drafted Ryan Switzer in round four. It’s going to be a dog-fight to even sniff around a chance to earn snaps on this team, but the Cowboys felt that Brown had something to offer. He is a big, physical receiver who has strong hands to secure balls that aren’t on target. He doesn’t have great speed, but he is great at tracking the ball and knows how to control his body to win jump ball battles. Here he is showing great sportsmanship as he gives his opponent a nice hug, despite scoring a touchdown on him.
Brown needs work developing his route running, but now has an opportunity to work himself onto the Cowboys depth chart. He is a big receiver that can snag contested passes and that is a valued asset in the NFL
Here is what the fine people over at Land Grant Holy Land had to say about him:
Size. He’s one of the bigger receivers in the draft class, and can be a headache for defenses. He can pluck the ball out of the air right over the defensive back and come up with a big play.
Physical. His size helps with this, but he attacks the ball regardless of who is in his way, and has a mean stiff arm to give him a little more separation.
He’s raw but talented. He only had one full season with the Buckeyes, but he made that season count in spite of his own scheme at times. He clearly would’ve been in the starting rotation had he been healthy his first two seasons, but still has a lot to improve on at the next level.
Route-running. Due to his extended stay on the sideline, he isn’t quite as polished as some of the three and four year receivers coming out this year. His speed can cause issues for defenders, but he doesn’t make the cleanest cuts to utilize any initial separation.
Here are his highlights:
Here is the scouting report from Lance Zierlein of NFL.com:
Big receiver who plays like it. Wide frame shields defenders and maintains a catch window. Willing and able to work through traffic and can stomach collisions to secure the catch. Strong hands pluck and secure low throws and balls that sail. Uses size and strength to bully cornerbacks at top of his route when working in the end zone. Physical, fall-forward runner after catch with an effective stiff-arm to stuff tacklers. Gives as good as he gets when facing physical press corners. Able to fight through route re-direction and maintain the timing of his route. Plays the game like a battering ram at times. Committed blocker who looks to cave-in his crack blocks. Able to sustain his block and spring a run for additional yardage.
Lacks desired experience thanks to age, injury, and depth at the position over the years. Targeted just 52 times with 33 catches during his career. Short strider with below average burst off the line. Cornerbacks do not appear to fear his deep speed. Has just six catches over 20 yards. Raw route runner lacking sink and sharpness into and out of his breaks. Gives away route breaks with early deceleration. Struggles to gain anything more than functional separation against man coverage. Likely to be tasked with making contested catches as a possession receiver for entire career. Inconsistent finisher on contested catches.
Here are his measurables courtesy of mockdraftable:
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