5 Undrafted Free Agents That Could Make the Dallas Cowboys Roster
5 Undrafted Free Agents That Could Make the Cowboys Roster
The NFL Draft process isn’t flawless by any means.
We’ve seen it before; teams will label a guy as a can’t-miss prospect based on a certain measurable, only to find out he’s not much of a football player. You’ll also see guys who are legitimate football players that go undrafted because they’re from small schools or didn’t put on a show at the NFL Combine.
Following the Draft every NFL team takes to the phones to get their hands on guys who they consider priority undrafted free agents. As I said earlier, these are the guys that have gone undrafted for one reason or another, but have piqued enough interest that a team will want to at the very least get them into camp.
In 2013, the Dallas Cowboys brought in 15 undrafted free agents following the Draft. In recent years, the Cowboys and head coach Jason Garrett, who at one point, was an undrafted free agent himself, have shown no hesitation in keeping undrafted guys on the roster.
I do not think, however, that this year we’ll see many undrafted free agents on the Cowboys roster, but it wouldn’t surprise me if at least a few made the team.
If you’ve read any of my previous articles, you know I am particularly fond of undrafted free agents because many of them have to overcome great adversity just to get a shot at making the team. I am a fan of guys who bust their tail; a trait that seems to be the common factor among undrafted players.
Not saying that guys who get drafted don’t bust their tails, but they have the reassurance that they will at least be given multiple opportunities to succeed. However, as Tony Romo, Miles Austin, Barry Church, Dan Bailey and a handful of other players can attest to; if you can play football, you can make it in the NFL.
Will the Cowboys add more undrafted players this year? I certainly hope so. Well then, let’s take a look at five undrafted free agents that could make the Cowboys roster.
Rogers is a 6-3, 211lbs., undrafted receiver out of Cal-Lutheran, who has made some plays for the Cowboys during the summer. He’s an intriguing prospect, has great size and I think he’ll separate himself from the crowd in the upcoming weeks.
Hamilton was a pre-draft visitor for the Cowboys, so it’s understandable why they made him a priority following the draft. He could make this team as a cheaper option to special team ace Danny McCray.
Lawrence is lightning in a bottle, and I think he has a legitimate chance to make this team. Right now he’s stashed away behind Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar on the depth chart, but as I said he offers game changing speed that could come in handy especially if any of the running backs go down to injury.
MaGee is the Cowboys most high-profile undrafted rookie free agent, so chances are that he’s going to make this team. The Cowboys obviously have a need for depth at linebacker thanks to injury concerns.
Reed has been a pleasant surprise this preseason, and I look for him to continue on the path he’s on. If he does make the team, it will be the second straight year that a player from SMU makes the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.