In previous years, one thing the Dallas Cowboys have done unusually well is finding un-drafted talent and developing them into players that contribute on the field; it appears as if that trend will continue in 2013.
Following the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cowboys got on the phones to try and reel in the guys who they thought highly of, but for some reason or another went un-drafted. Among those guys was University of Missouri running back Kendial Lawrence.
His junior year in college, Lawrence suffered a fractured fibula before the second game of the season, which caused him to miss three games due to injury. His senior year; however, Lawrence proved durable by carrying the ball 200 times for 1,102 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 5.1 yards per carry.
Lawrence is expected to compete with fellow un-drafted running backs Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar for the third, and final running back spot on the roster. Whether he makes the team is yet to be determined, but following the Cowboys-Rookie Minicamp things are looking pretty good for the former Mizzou Tiger.
While at minicamp, Lawrence, who ran a 4.33 40-yard dash, showed off his explosiveness, vision and ball catching ability, which caught the coaching staff’s attention. Although Lawrence is only 5-8 194 lbs., he held his own when it came to protecting on passing downs.
Lawrence reminds me of New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles; given how shifty and explosive he is in the open field. I think the third running back spot will go to the guy who makes the biggest impact on special teams during training camp, but without a doubt Lawrence’s speed makes him an interesting prospect.