The Dallas Cowboys are having something of a makeover at the wide receiver position in 2012, with Laurent Robinson heading to Jacksonville and Kevin Ogletree being the only other receiver on the roster besides Miles Austin and Dez Bryant.
Oh look, there’s an open door!
Enter Andre Holmes, an undrafted free agent (how?) out of Hillsdale College in 2011 who spent much of the 2011 season on the Cowboys’ practice squad before being activated and signed to the 53 man roster late last season so nobody could snatch him away.
Holmes has incredible size and raw talent, and was wildly productive at Hillsdale, and despite it being a division two school, scouts seem to be raving about his skills. The Cowboys obviously like him, and he has a really good shot at getting that number two receiver spot.
After seeing Miles Austin come out of nowhere and Laurent Robinson reviving his career in Dallas, I could definitely see Holmes having an impact. Heck, even Kevin Ogletree made an impact after being an undrafted free agent in 2009. This is certainly nothing out of the ordinary for the Cowboys, who have developed undrafted players into NFL household names, in case Tony Romo and Miles Austin are not names that ring a bell.
Holmes is 6’5″ 210 pounds and runs a 4.45 second 40 yard dash, and is said to be a “mature” route runner according to Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, and is a target the QBs like to throw the ball to. That’s pretty lofty praise for a guy who was only activated for a short time last season. The Cowboys drafted Danny Coale who will likely develop into a solid slot receiver, and they also have a guy that I like in 2011 sixth round pick Dwayne Harris, but Holmes is a guy to watch as the offseason progresses as a potential new target to emerge as a favorite of Tony Romo’s in 2012.