The Dallas Cowboys signed in-state product Jordan Najvar after the 2014 NFL Draft, and he has the makings of a good blocking tight end in Dallas. Najvar started his college career at Stanford, but he ended up transferring to Baylor after Coby Fleener and Zach Ertz surpassed him on the depth chart. In a three-year career at Baylor, Najvar only had around 300 receiving yards and 35 catches. He also only had four touchdowns throughout his college career; while catching the football may not be his game, Najvar had a major role in Baylor’s spread offense as an H-back.
The Cowboys drafted Gavin Escobar in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and that pick was a questioning one considering Escobar was still raw and his run-blocking game was quite bad. When the Cowboys needed a blocking tight end, they used James Hanna last year, but Najvar could find a niche in Dallas’ offense as a blocking tight end. New offensive coordinator Scott Linehan wants to run the ball in 2014 and Najvar has the ability to line up in the backfield and at the traditional in-line tight end position.
At 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, Navjar is a big-bodied player, but the best thing about him is his speed and his versatility. Najvar ran a 4.88 40-yard dash, and he also had the second-fastest 3-cone drill at 7.14. Although Najvar is an offensive weapon and he could help the Cowboys, I find it hard to believe that the Cowboys will keep him for the final 53-man roster. Najvar is just too much one-dimensional, and that will likely be his Achilles heel for his NFL prospects.