By Jesus Flores @DFWSportsFlo on April 13, 2014
Heading into the 2014 NFL Season, the Dallas Cowboys have a lot of holes to fill. The most obvious needs are along the defensive front, but they also have a need at wide receiver because of Miles Austin’s release. I don’t think the Cowboys are going to spend an early pick on a wide receiver, so that is why I have put together this list of possible late round wide receivers that the Cowboys might want to target.
After spending some time in junior college, Butler transferred to Tenn-Martin where he flourished as a wide receiver. In 2013, the 6-3, 218-lbs., Butler recorded 90 catches for 1,215 yards and 10 touchdowns. Had he been in the FBS, those numbers would have ranked in the top-15. His biggest assets are his hands and crisp route running. I got to watch some of his highlights, and this kid wins when the ball is in the air, more often than not.
Janis is easily the frontrunner to be the first non-FBS wide receiver selected in the Draft. He finished 2013 with 83 catches for 1,572 yards and 14 touchdowns. His biggest asset is his catching ability, and at 6-3, 220-lbs., he is sure to garner some attention late in the draft.
Ford served as Valdosta State’s No. 1 receiver during their 2012 National Championship run finishing the season with 69 catches for 1,026 yards and 13 touchdowns, but didn’t play football in 2013. He was highly productive while on the field and at 6-3, 225-lbs., he should get some late round consideration.
Jones is, in my opinion, one of the more underappreciated receivers in the Draft. Despite putting together a solid season in 2013, in which the 5-9, 183-lbs., receiver recorded 79 catches for 1,356 yards and 15 touchdowns; he wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine. At his Pro Day, he ran a 4.34, 40-yard dash, which should at least give him a chance to be a late round selection.
Thomas has been Troy’s go to guy since his breakout sophomore season, and hasn’t looked back. He finished the 2013 season with 66 catches for 993 yards and 12 touchdowns and at 6-1, 210-lbs., Thomas offers good size for the position. His biggest assets are his hands, but scouts have raved about his route running and overall football I.Q.
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