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Breaking Angles: Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for 2019 First Round Pick

The Cowboys have finally found their big-time wide receiver in Oakland.

Dallas Cowboys by Adam Simmons is licensed under CC BY NC ND 2.0

Breaking Angles: Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for 2019 First Round Pick


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Well, the Cowboys have finally found a big-time wide receiver to fill the big shoes left by Dez Bryant. The Dallas Cowboys will depart with their first-round pick of the 2019 NFL Draft in exchange for Oakland Raiders Wide Reciever Amari Cooper. Straight up. Nothing more, nothing less. 

2018 is Cooper’s fourth year in Oakland, but the addition of Jordy Nelson, Martavius Bryant, and Jared Cook have taken his targets and yardage, stunting his growth. 

Cooper was selected by the Raider 4th Overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, taken ahead of players like Stefon Diggs, DeVontae Parker, Jay Ajayi, David Johns, Melvin Gordon, and Todd Gurley. 

The Two-Time Pro Bowl Wideout, who was an absolute stud for Nick Saban’s 2012 National Champions in Alabama, saw his numbers drop off in 2017 after back-to-back 1,000 receiving yards seasons. During 2018 with the Raiders, Cooper has 280 yards on 22 catches, averaging 12.7 yards a catch. 

The addition of Jordy Nelson this offseason appears to have stunted Cooper’s growth even more, so much so that there appears to be no more room in Oakland.

The Cowboys on the other hand need to get their passing offense goign before Zeke Elliot’s back breaks from carrying this team. 

The Cowboys aerial attack is ranked in the cellar of the NFL alongside teams like the Buffalo Bills and the Arizona Cardinals. That’s not a great place to be. Averaging less than 200 yards a game through the air isn’t going to help you win the NFC East, a division that remains extremely winnable in 2018.

However, for the Cowboys to get to the playoffs, they need to jumpstart their passing offense and get Dak Prescott moving the ball through the air. It’s not a great look when Mitch Trubisky had more touchdowns in one game than Prescott all season at one point this year. 

Not a good look at all.

There’s also the solid point that Dallas would have had to draft a wideout anyway in the upcoming draft. This move gives them a fully formed player who is hungry for more of a starring role. Something he didn’t get in Oakland.

Now, Cooper gets to be the star. And the star at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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