There was no one in the draft, short of top receiver Calvin Johnson, who could have come in and supplanted starters Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn. But both will be 33 at the start of next season. There is no guarantee either or both will be back in 2008.
Add in the fact that third receiver Patrick Crayton will be an
unrestricted free agent in 2008 and the Cowboys have a huge question about
the future of the position.
That being said, they would have loved to address the position on some
level in the 2007 draft. Because they are set for 2007 at the position they
weren't going to force the issue.
They had already decided to take linebacker Anthony Spencer in the first
round even with receivers Dwayne Jarrett, Dwayne Bowe and Robert Meachem
still on the board.
And when it was their turn to pick in the second round -- before they
eventually decided to trade out -- the receivers they would have taken were
The Cowboys did take Washington quarterback Isaiah Stanback in the
fourth round with the intention of turning him into a receiver.
But that move should be viewed more as a project.
The good news for the Cowboys is that receivers are like two guards in
the NBA -- they are plentiful.
There will be a number of them in next year's free agent crop. There
will also be several in the 2008 draft.
It's also safe to say that either Glenn or Owens will be back in 2008
and the team will likely re-sign Crayton, making the problem not as acute
as it appears.
Plenty of Help in '08
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