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Mailbag: Finding Help In The Return Game?


With such a loaded WR draft, I assume some of these prospects excel at punt/kick returner and playing out of the slot. Given that Dallas has a glaring need in those areas, who's a name or two in the draft that would fill those roles? - DENNIS NELSON / TUCSON, AZ

David: You assume correctly. With so many great receivers, many of them are down to be experienced in the return game. To name a few, Brandon Aiyuk, K.J. Hamler, Bryan Edwards and Lynn Bowden Jr. are just a few impressive players who have experience returning kicks, punts and obviously playing receiver. Most importantly, you can find them all over the draft. Aiyuk is a possible first-round pick, but the rest of those guys are probably Day 2 picks. Bowden may even last as late as Day 3.

Jonny: A guy I have my eye on for this role is Donovan Peoples-Jones out of Michigan. He'd probably be available in the fourth round, and he's got high upside. His athleticism suggests he could prove to be a terrific receiver, but he might be able to make an immediate impact in the return game. Just the notion that he might be able to also fill that third receiver spot is enticing enough for me.

Why is Grant Delpit receiving so little love during the run up to the draft? What am I missing? Two-time All-American safety. Great character. Praised by his coaches at LSU. - ED TOERNER / LAFAYETTE, LA

David: I think it's a classic case of overanalyzing. Delpit struggled with tackling at times during his college career, but he also played most of the 2019 season injured. On top of that, his top-notch ball skills and coverage ability more than make up for any tackling problems. I don't know if the Cowboys value safety play enough to draft Delpit No. 17 overall, but I think people are grossly exaggerating his flaws.

Jonny:Well, there have been some tackling issues and there have been some injury issues. I don't think either are very legitimate worries, but they aren't the sort of things you want to be talking about with a first-round safety. He is such a dynamic playmaker and leader that I would be willing to take the risk if safety were my biggest need. It's very difficult to draft a player in the teens who can make a Pro Bowl in his first five seasons. I see Delpit as a guy who can accomplish that.

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