This is the time of year we all watch videos of college players who may be future drafted Cowboys. Highlights of a college player can be fun, intriguing and insightful. But we should always be aware of the competition context in which we are viewing a player’s highlights. For example- if I’m watching video of Ala QB Tua Tagovailoa, it’s worth noting who the highlights are against. If he’s shredding the defenses of Louisiana-Lafayette or Colorado State, that is a completely different talent level than against Auburn or LSU. I’ve seen many fans gush over a player's highlights against some small school being carved up by 50 points, against players that may not even be Div I college level talent, much less the NFL. I remember when the Cowboys drafted Ryan Switzer in 2017 in the 4th round, many gushed about his college highlight reel. Well, I noticed too many of his highlights were against teams like the Citadel, North Carolina A&T and James Madison. He had some ability, but again, context matters. Some examples of positive college film highlights from some of our players include guys like Jaylon Smith, Zeke Elliott, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith and Michael Gallup. All but Gallup were first or second rounders, but they all looked great against the best competition they faced. For example, Gallup looked very good against Ala in 2017 when he played at Tuscaloosa that year. Zack Martin and Jaylon Smith dominated all levels of competition at Notre Dame, as did Zeke at Ohio State. Next time you look at a college player’s highlight reel, check to see who the opponents are to give it some context. If they are “dominant” against Slippery Rock U but not so much against LSU or Oklahoma, then buyer beware.