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Dallas Cowboys: CeeDee Lamb will be a Top 10 WR in 2021 - Zachary Cantalice, NFL Mocks

If this turns out to be true, Lamb’s jump to stardom would be incredible.

CeeDee Lamb projects as an alpha WR in the NFL. No, he doesn’t have elite top end speed, but Lamb checks damn near every other possible box. He’s smooth with his feet, possesses elite body control, vacuum hands and is a dynamic, angry runner after the catch. Experienced in manufactured touches, boundary and slot work, Lamb should step into an offense and be comfortable filling any possible role than a coach could give him. A top-shelf WR prospect and impact starter early on.

Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network

Lamb’s great physical traits were on clear display when Dak Prescott was throwing him the football.

When Lamb was added to an already dangerous Cowboy offense, the Cowboysexpected Lamb to take their offense to another level. Clearly, 2020 did not go that way and the Dak Prescott injury killed those hopes. When Prescott was on the field though Lamb showed his potential.

The Cowboys may have a second “steal of the draft” candidate among their rookies - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys

Dallas is searching for diamonds in the rough.

To go with his terrific size and massive 10 1/4” hands, Fehoko is a remarkably good athlete. The big receiver blazed with a 4.44 40-yard dash to go with an incredible 6.78 3-cone drill. This is incredibly rare for a player his size. According to Mockdraftable.com, Fehoko’s best player comparisons from a size and athletic standpoint are Larry Fitzgerald and Demaryius Thomas.

The latter is actually not a bad comp (albeit, that’s probably much too high of praise). In terms of his film, Fehoko is actually a pretty natural football player despite his lack of college production. He has the speed to win down the field or crossing the face of the defense, and he moves like a much smaller player with the ball in his hands.

In some ways Fehoko might have gone overlooked among the Cowboys draft choices because he plays a position where he isn’t going to see the field much in 2021 unless injury strikes the receiver corps. Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb are going to eat up the lion’s share of reps at receiver in 2021. There is an almost 0% chance Fehoko would supplant any of those three.

Cowboys Jerry Jones laughs as the Dolphins pay the price - Lucas Mascherin - The Landry Hat

For those who think the ‘Boys should've retained Byron Jones, there is a counter-argument.

One year later, was letting Byron walk the right decision?

It is well-noted around the NFL just how bad Dallas’ defense was last season. While the group ranked 23rd for overall yards against, their passing defense was above-average at 11th place. The run defense is what dragged the team through the dirt.

Then-number one corner, Chidobe Awuzie, was held to only eight games due to injuries. That opened up the way for 2020 second-rounder Trevon Diggs and nickel corner Jourdan Lewis to step up.

Both corners eclipsed 50 tackles and sacked the quarterback at least 1.0 times. While Lewis never grabbed an interception, he did defend two passes. Diggs more than made up for it with 14 batted passes and three interceptions.

Their stats tell the tale of their respective playing styles. Lewis’s conservative tackle-first mentality limited the big plays he has up, represented by a lowly 8.7 yards per completion. That’s also why he only got his hands on the ball twice while giving up a higher passer rating and completion percentage.

Don’t Sleep on Reggie Robinson in Dallas Cowboys Cornerback Competition - John Williams, Inside the Star

Robinson is coming off a year in which he saw sporadic playing time.

He was switched from his college position at corner to his high school position at safety. And for whatever reason, Robinson fell out of favor with former defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

Now with a new defensive coordinator and a return to a cover-3 scheme, there’s a chance Robinson could earn the first significant playing time of his career.

As the Dallas Cowboys get ready to leave for Oxnard, California to open up 2021 training camp, the cornerback position remains a bit of a questions mark.

At least on one side of the field. Trevon Diggs projects to be the starting cornerback on one side while the coaching staff will create competition on the other side of the field. Though Anthony Brown took most of the first-team reps at cornerback during OTAs and Minicamp, it’s not certain that he’s the long-term solution at the position.

Cowboys QB Aikman Reveals His Super Bowl ‘Rock-Bottom’ - Mike Fisher, Sports Illustrated

The Hall of Famer’s had plenty of lows despite his numerous highs.

“I felt no sense of accomplishment, nothing,’’ Aikman said on The Ringer’s ”Flying Coach” podcast, co-hosted by Sean McVay and Peter Schrager, looking back at his work as a TV analyst for FOX Sports during Super Bowl XLII. “And I said ... ‘Man, if this is supposed to be the pinnacle of this profession, then I’m in the wrong profession.’

“And I was just really down, you know ... I just know that that was rock bottom for me in this profession.”

Aikman, the former Dallas Cowboys QB and a Hall-of-Famer, played in and won three Super Bowls. So the Super Bowl itself marks his greatest heights in the profession - heights that he was disappointed to learn would never be reached again once he left the field.

The realization came to him after the game, when he encountered another QB-turned-broadcaster Ron Jaworski, who raved about the excitement of the New York Giants’ last-minute win. Jaworski noticed in conversation that Aikman didn’t seem very excited about it all.

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