2014 Draft Needs: Tight end
Jason Witten remains a weapon that keeps the Cowboys 2014 draft needs at tight end minimal
By Matthew Postins
RattleandHumSports.com is breaking down the free agent needs at every position group for the 2014 Dallas Cowboys. Today it’s the tight ends.
Tight ends: Jason Witten (starter), James Hanna (backup), Gavin Escobar (backup).
Cowboys tight ends entering free agency: None.
Draft need?: 2 (out of 10, 10 being most pressing).
Why: Witten would seem like he has two or three good years left in him, at least. Meanwhile, the Cowboys are hoping that either Gavin Escobar or James Hanna can grow into a competent No. 2 tight end. The jury is still out on that. But with glaring needs on the defensive line, at safety and, to a lesser degree, the offensive line, tight end seems like a low need at this point. If the Cowboys pursue one in the draft, it will likely be a late selection with an emphasis on finding a developmental pick that can serve as a second blocker in running sets.
Arthur Lynch: The former Georgia Bulldog would seem to fit the type of player the Cowboys gravitate toward – a productive player who played in a big-time conference. Lynch, who projects as a fourth-round pick right now, weighs 258 pounds and scouts like his ability as an in-line blocker. He caught 24 passes his senior year, so he has the ability to catch passes, as well.
Marcel Jensen: CBSSports.com has Jensen graded as a fifth-round selection. This guy might be a gem for some NFL team, as Fresno State didn’t use Jensen as a big part of its passing game. He caught 26 passes last season. But scouts are intrigued by his size in the run game and his developmental upside. He weighs 266 pounds, so good luck moving him off the line of scrimmage.
Jordan Najvar: The Baylor tight end is projected as a seventh-round pick, so he might be worth a flier. He’s 6-foot-6, 266 pounds, and he was more valuable to Baylor in the run game a year ago. Scouts describing his blocking style as “bruising.” No one describes any of the Cowboys’ current tight ends as ‘bruising.”
Looking ahead: It’s pretty likely the Cowboys won’t take a tight end in 2014, instead choosing to focus on the three tight ends they have. But if they do draft one, it will be late, probably on the final day.
Next up: Offensive line.