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Dallas Cowboys: Scouting the 2014 Undrafted Free Agent Signings at DL and LB

Davon Coleman

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In previous years, the Cowboys have done a solid job in finding undrafted free agents that have contributed to the team, so let’s take a look at the undrafted free agent defensive linemen and linebackers that signed with the Cowboys following the Draft; who knows, maybe there’s a gem there to be found.

Davon Coleman (DT) Arizona State

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Davon Coleman (DT) Arizona State

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Coleman is a guy that has played all over the defensive line, including the 0-, 1- and 3-technique spots. I think that in this defense, he’s better suited to be a 1-tech, due to his strength. In 2013, he racked up 8.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss, if he makes the team, and the Cowboys can get that type of production out of their 1-tech, look out.

Chris Whaley (DT) Texas

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Chris Whaley (DT) Texas

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Whaley is a guy that has been compared to Henry Melton because, like Melton, he made the transition from running back to defensive tackle. At this point, his technique is raw, but the upside is definitely there. Because of his athleticism, I think he projects best as a 3-tech DT, whose sole purpose is getting after the quarterback.

Dontavis Sapp (LB) Tennessee

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Dontavis Sapp (LB) Tennessee

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Sapp is a converted safety that started 14 of 47 games for Tennessee, finishing his career with 108 tackles, 11.5 tackled for loss, one sack, two forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and four pass break-ups. Unfortunately for Sapp, the Cowboys are pretty set at LB, if he makes the team, it would have to be as a special teams player.

Keith Smith (LB) San Jose State

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Keith Smith (LB) San Jose State

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Smith was a four-time All-WAC selection at San Jose State, where he never missed a start. The former 2010 WAC Freshman of the Year also led the nation in tackles in 2013 with 159 stops. As with Sapp, if Smith makes the team it’s probably as a special teams player.

Joe Windsor (LB) Northern Illinois

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Joe Windsor (LB) Northern Illinois

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At only 6-0, 236-lbs, Windsor projects better as a linebacker at the NFL level. He finished his collegiate career with 100 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, four pass break-ups and one interception. He doesn’t posses great speed, at this point, if Windsor makes the team it would have to be as a special teams player.

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