Ryan Switzer was not seen as an “upside” player in the 2017 NFL Draft but the former North Carolina standout certainly projected as a very solid prospect. Switzer landed with the Dallas Cowboys with the No. 133 overall selection (fourth round) and, by nature of the physical similarities to Cole Beasley, many believed that the Cowboys were searching for a replacement in the slot.
However, Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan does not see it that way and he said so in a recent discussion with the Dallas Morning News.
“He’s a classic slot receiver. He has a similar game [to Beasley], but he has his own things. We would really like those two guys to be able to complement each other and run real similar route trees. Certainly a huge bonus with him is his ability to be a returner in our special teams.
“His role is significant. You can see right now he’s getting reps that we wouldn’t have … if he wasn’t here. He complements Beasley and also gives us some big-time needed depth at that position.”
It is somewhat hard to imagine that Dallas can have both on the field regularly given the focus on the running game and the presence of players like Dez Bryant. Still, there is nothing wrong with having two players that are quite sure-handed and capable of running precise routes near the line of scrimmage. At this point, anything seems possible with the Cowboys.