Eventually the Cowboys will have to replace Jason Witten. Maybe this is the year they cut back on some of Witten’s snaps to keep him fresh and help develop a tight end for when he retires in … 2025? Who knows? It might be sooner than that.
While Gesicki’s playmaking could be a boost to the offense, the Cowboys are breaking in tight ends coach in Doug Nussmeier. He played quarterback. authentic nfl jerseys He coached quarterbacks. He’s been an offensive coordinator. Not that he can’t teach a tight end how to block, but it will be something he learns on the job along with the player. Witten would be able to help in that department as well, but his focus should be doing everything he can to be ready for the season.
Would Nussmeier’s inexperience at the position preclude the Cowboys from taking a tight end in the second round for the fourth time since 2008? Not necessarily, but it adds another layer to the debate as to whether they should.
Kiper’s and McShay’s first-round picks are plausible for two reasons. The Cowboys have needs at both spots, and both players visited The Star before the draft. That latter detail is a big part of the Cowboys’ evaluation process. The only times since 2004 their first picks did not visit beforehand were DeMarcus Ware (2005) and Morris Claiborne (2012).
Of the two, Evans is the bigger need. The Cowboys lost Anthony Hitchens in free agency, and despite their positive words about Jaylon Smith, they can’t be convinced he is ready for full-time duty based on what he did in 2017. Bryan is a 3-technique defensive tackle and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli loves 3-techniques. Oh, and he put Bryan through the paces at the player’s pro day.
Of the third-round picks, I like McShay’s pick better because we don’t know yet what will happen with receiver Dez Bryant. Hamilton impressed at the Senior Bowl and is Penn State’s all-time leader in receptions. He might not be the fastest, but he produced and he is considered a solid route runner.
Shepherd is something of a project, albeit a talented one. But here’s something to consider: Since Will McClay took over the draft room in 2014,wholesale nfl jerseys the Cowboys have not selected a player from a small school in the top three rounds. Again, does that eliminate the player from consideration? No, but it adds another layer to the debate.