Crosby a Risk Worth Taking

During an offseason in which everything has seemingly gone right for the Cowboys, why not take a chance on a wide receiver Roscoe Crosby in the upcoming supplemental draft?

Let's clarify something right off the bat.

By all accounts, the Cowboys appear to be content with their current stable of wide receivers. From the aging Terry Glenn, to "possession receiver" Keyshawn Johnson, to the banged up Quincy Morgan, Bill Parcells has admitted that he "trusts" this group to get the job done.

In addition, if this unit can stay healthy, there may be enough talent for the newly acquired Drew Bledsoe to make enough of an impact to get this team back to the playoffs this year.

So why then are so many fans anxious begging for additional wide receiver help before the start of training camp next month?

Good question, and the answer is simple: this unit needs a younger playmaker for energy and speed.

Enter Roscoe Crosby, and intriguing wide receiver prospect who was once ranked as the top wide out in the country coming out of the high school ranks in South Carolina back in 2001.

Crosby's story is one that has been publicized often in college football and NFL circles in recent years.

To briefly summarize, he attempted to play college football at Clemson, while also playing minor league baseball for the Kansas City Royals organization. At the same time, he suffered a rash of freak injuries, including a sprained knee in his only his second game in college, and a broken nose that was inflicted during a post game celebration just two weeks later.

He also had to deal several tragedies off the field, including the death of his brother, who drowned, and the deaths of two friends who were killed in a horrific car accident while traveling to see him play baseball in Florida.

He also had surgery on his elbow that prevented him from playing football during his sophomore season. And the list goes on and on.

But to the young man's defense, it's amazing that he finds himself in the position that he's in today- the 2005 NFL Supplemental Draft.

Crosby threw his name into the ring earlier this year, and the NFL officially accepted his entry just a few weeks ago.

And it's not like the entire league hasn't taken notice.

A whole host of teams have already expressed interest, including the Saints, Falcons, and yes, the Dallas Cowboys.

So what makes him an attractive fit in Dallas?

For starters, the natural ability is there. Crosby has been clocked in the 4.4 range during workouts for scouts this year. He also has decent size at 6-2, 208 pounds.

And in just a limited amount of playing time as a true freshman at Clemson- he established several records for a first-year wide receiver with 27 receptions for 465 yards and four touchdowns.

And don't forget his natural talent.

Crosby was the consensus No. 1 rated receiver in the country just four years ago.

So why wouldn't the Cowboys be at least interested?

They are, the only question is will another team try and draft Crosby before the Cowboys get the opportunity.

For instance, two years ago the Cowboys were interested in Georgia Tech RB Tony Hollings, but the Texans took him in the second round, before the Cowboys had the opportunity to select him.

This year, Crosby has naturally drawn the attention of several teams. That fact alone could force the Cowboys to use a higher round pick on Crosby, which they don't want to do.

And if push comes to shove, the organization will be reluctant to use anything higher than a fifth round selection on Crosby.

However, if Crosby is available after the fifth round - and he very well could be, he would be a welcome addition to a team that has elected to basically do nothing at wide receiver this offseason, other than sign little known Ahmad Merritt.

The Cowboys have made it too clear that they don't want to use a higher round draft pick on a wide receiver.

But with a guy like Crosby in the mix, a guy that has already overcome so much in his life and still has the ability to develop into something special, it only seems logical that he'll be given a hard look next month by the Cowboys.

In one of the best offseasons in recent memory, why not take it one step further and try to address one of the few remaining concerns from last year's team?

It only makes sense. And the reward based off a fifth or sixth round risk would be well worth it.

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