Round 3: Dax Raymond, TE, Utah State
Unless you watch a ton of Mountain West football on a regular basis, Dax Raymond might not be a name you’re familiar with. Make no mistake about it, the Utah State tight end has a chance to become a really solid NFL player.
He’s not going to be confused with Jason Witten as a run blocker. Raymond doesn’t show a ton of physicality in the run game on field. Instead, he’s more of a classic H-back type prospect. What Raymond does show on film is the ability to run intermediate routes down the field to bother opposing secondaries.
That’s what the Cowboys really need to add at the tight end position. They wanted Rico Gathers to develop into that sort of weapon, but it’s pretty clear that isn’t going to happen at this point in his career. It might take Raymond a year or two to develop into a consistent starter, but the Cowboys can afford to be somewhat patient.
It’s possible the team could look to add a more advanced tight end prospect earlier in the draft, but it’s not as pressing a need as the Cowboys have at defensive tackle. Raymond isn’t the finished article yet, but he’s got the athleticism to blossom into a quality starter if Dallas can coach him up.