With the 208th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected Cedrick Wilson, wide receiver from Boise State.
Wilson is a former high school quarterback with just four years of experience as a receiver including two on a major college level. He showed improvement from his junior to senior season and should continue to get better with more coaching and experience. Wilson has the potential to be a quality backup who might find time in three wideout sets. Teams may choose to use him as a big slot option with the potential to challenge on all three levels.
Come along Cedrick.. Wilson's route tree is beautiful pic.twitter.com/W2nd9fJNmA— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 23, 2018
At the NFL Scouting Combine, Wilson ran a 4.55-second 40-yard dash, certainly not blazing, but not bad. He said his lack of top-end speed may be a reason he likely won’t go until Saturday’s final four rounds, but he also is still fine-tuning his receiver skills after playing quarterback until he went to junior college.
Not only is Wilson seen as a player who can make catches at each level, he said teams like him on special teams, too. His father, Cedrick Sr., was a sixth-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2001.
Wide receiver: The Cowboys receiving corps struggled in 2017, and that was before they released Dez Bryant. Adding Allen Hurns helped, but they could still look for more firepower in a Dak-friendly offense. Guard/Offensive line: Jonathan Cooper moved on, and the Cowboys didn't get a sure-fire replacement in free agency. There is still a discussion about moving La’el Collins back inside, so they need a guard or right tackle. Linebacker: Anthony Hitchens was a solid part of the rotation, but he’s gone. Sean Lee is the main man but his injury history is a problem. Jaylon Smith is still tying to regain his form pre-injury. Dallas could use another piece here.
Defensive tackle: The Cowboys had to play Maliek Collins out of position for much of the year, and the run defense suffered for it. Collins was also not as effective as he was in 2016. A big 1-tech with 3-tech traits would be nice.
Tight end: Jason Witten is retiring. Now that we’ve processed that, tight end certainly moves up on the needs chart.
Safety: Safety is not the most pressing need, but we could certainly see Dallas attack it at some point.
Cowboys draft picks:
(Round-pick in the round-overall pick)
1-19-19: Leighton Vander Esch
2-18-50: Connor Williams
3-17-81: Michael Gallup
4-16-116: Dorance Armstrong
4-37-137: Dalton Schultz
5-34-171: Mike White
6-19-193 Chris Covington
6-34-208: Cedrick Wilson