Potential Draft Picks: Texas, WR, Jordan Shipley
The number one priority on my list of 2010 Cowboys’ draft needs is a gamebreaking return man who can also play the slot. Patrick Crayton did a solid job on returns this year, but the success Dallas had on punt returns was in spite of him, not because of him. Further, Crayton cannot return kickoffs, so a guy who can handle both return spots and do it with explosiveness would be a great luxury.
Texas’ Jordan Shipley could be the answer. Shipley racked up 116 catches for 1,485 yards and 13 scores this season, and averaged 13.0 yards on punt returns with two touchdowns. I am certainly higher on him than most draft experts, as I see him as a true difference-maker, even at the next level.
Shipley has excellent lateral quickness and moves, but still does a great job of running north and south. His balance and body control are tremendous, perhaps as good as they get. Shipley does not possess burning speed, but is by no means slow (he should run a mid to high 4.4). He could have trouble fighting for the ball or going up to get a jump ball, but if used correctly in the slot, these weaknesses should not get exposed regularly.
Shipley figures to go anywhere from the late-second to third round. He might be a slight reach when the Cowboys select at pick #59, but the upside and versatility Shipley would bring the ‘Boys would more than make up for it.