The Dallas Cowboys have been known to bring in some pretty solid undrafted free agents after the NFL Draft winds down, and it looks like this year they didn’t waste anytime waiting to lock in a few players. The Cowboys have already signed a good number of undrafted free agents, and in this group I think we may very well have a few that could stick around for awhile.
If you remember years ago, there was a quarterback from Eastern Illinois by the name of Tony Romo who came to the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent, and that has worked out pretty well, I’d say.
A few other players who the Cowboys have signed in the past as UDFA’s include Miles Austin, Barry Church, Dan Bailey, Chris Jones, Cole Beasley, Jeff Heath, and Phillip Tanner. From the early-list release, here are a few names to watch from the 2014 UDFA group in Dallas:
- L’Damian Washington– WR, Missouri
- Dustin Vaughan– QB, West Texas A&M
- Chris Whaley– DT, Texas
- Davon Coleman– DT, Arizona State
- Chris Boyd– WR, Vanderbilt
- Ryan Smith– S, Auburn
So why are these names so interesting? Let’s break it down a bit more in-depth.
For Vaughan, it has to intrigue Cowboys’ fans to see another quarterback from a small school land in Dallas. This guy has serious game too, as he can throw it a mile and has very good accuracy, as well. I think we may see him stick around and surprise quite a few people.
As far as Washington and Boyd go, the fact that the Cowboys decided to immediately bring in two more wide receivers shows that they are open to having pretty big competition at the incredibly important position. Washington was actually a high-ranked player, and I could see him having a real shot to make an NFL roster. Neither of these guys are going to be expected to have the type of impact that we may see from Devin Street (fifth-round pick), but they’re interesting nonetheless.
For Whaley and Coleman, both of those guys were actually getting some chatter on social-media networks about being picked by the Cowboys in the later rounds. The Boys obviously had a plan though, and we have a ridiculous number of defensive lineman who are going to be competing for serious playing time. The Cowboys knew they had a weakness, and they’re going to fix it.
With Smith, everyone said the Cowboys weren’t concerned enough about the safety position, but they are definitely addressing it with some intriguing prospects. I don’t think Smith is as good as Ahmad Dixon (who they drafted out of Baylor in the seventh), but I think he’s an interesting prospect and should push the other safeties who are currently on the roster.