Everything is bigger in Texas. Except when it isn’t. After a 70,000-person throng showed up last year for the outdoor draft experience in Philadelphia, only 20,000 people were inside AT&T Stadium to see the first round of the draft.
Scarbrough missed four games of his freshman season due to an ACL injury and suspension, managing only 104 yards and one touchdown while watching Derrick Henry win the Heisman Trophy in a backfield that also included Kenyan Drake and Damien Harris. Scarbrough draws comparisons to Henry and he rushed for 812 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore, including 273 and four scores in two CFP games despite a leg injury slowing him in the title game. He added 596 yards and eight touchdowns in 2017 before declaring early for the NFL draft.
Mortensen reported that Witten would have a meeting with owner Jerry Jones to discuss his decision, with David Moore of the Dallas Morning News adding that it already took place:
This decline should have been expected, and in fact, the Cowboys are fortunate that it didn’t come sooner. Witten can still contribute as a blocker and as a reliable receiver in certain situations, but Dallas needs to find a different way to beat man coverage in the middle of the field in 2018. Unfortunately, the answer likely won’t contain No. 82.
Still, Witten’s departure will leave a void in the passing game. He hasn’t missed a game since his rookie year, so the Cowboys haven’t had to give much thought to the tight end position for over a decade. Because of that, Dallas may have to look outside the team for Witten’s replacement.
James Hanna announced his retirement earlier in April, and Geoff Swaim has not emerged as a solid pass-catcher. Undrafted free agent Blake Jarwin saw only a limited role in his first season.
The 2018 draft may be Dallas’ best bet to find a long-term successor to Witten. Mark Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys Andrews, Mike Gesicki and Dallas Goedert are among the top tight ends remaining in this year’s draft class, and any one would be a Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys solid addition for the Cowboys offense.