The Dallas Cowboys didn’t draft any wide receivers last weekend, but they’re pretty excited about the group of undrafted pass catchers they have at Valley Ranch now.
In fact, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said recently that this group of undrafted receivers reminds him of the group the team brought in in 2006--a group that contained future Pro Bowler Miles Austin, then just an undrafted rookie out of Monmouth, and Sam Hurd--who caught 45 passes for 630 yards and a pair of touchdowns over five seasons with the Cowboys.
This class of undrafted receivers is comprised of the University of Houston’s Deontay Greenberry, Baylor’s Antwan Goodely, Kansas’s Nick Harwell, Florida Atlantic’s Lucky Whitehead and USC’s George Farmer (pictured).
Whitehead has been mentioned as potentially serving as the team’s kick returner. Farmer comes to Dallas after a less than decorated career at USC but appears to have a big upside, as evidenced by the Cowboys’ willingness to shell out $55,000 guaranteed for him--a big sum for any undrafted free agent this side of La’el Collins.
“We put a big priority on receivers when we went into this,” Jones said, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “We were in the business to draft one if the right guy showed up. As it turned out, the same thing as the running back, every time we had our eye on one they’d tend to come off our board and then the next guy down we had a better player. So we really focused on receiver in free agency [after the draft] and actually ended up getting some of the players that were still on our board at the end of the draft.”