5 UDFAs Who Will Make the Dallas Cowboys’ 53-Man Roster

By Gil Alcaraz IV

5 Cowboys UDFAs Who Will Make the 53-Man Roster

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Even after upgrading their roster via the 2014 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys still face the intriguing challenge of finding a few undrafted free agents – or UDFAs – who can make an impact this upcoming season. While most of these NFL hopefuls fail to stick on rosters, the Cowboys have several who could develop into legitimate talents.

With that in mind, here’s a look at five UDFAs who could make the Cowboys’ 53-man roster in 2014.

FB J.C. Copeland

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FB J.C. Copeland

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Jerry Jones has made it clear this offseason that he plans on having a fullback on the roster in 2014. While the Cowboys currently have Tyler Clutts, an h-back type of player, available, Copeland is more of a true fullback than a heavy tight end. The LSU product can be an impact blocker, but also offers some value as a short-yardage runner. That versatility should be enough to earn him a roster spot.

DT Chris Whaley

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DT Chris Whaley

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When it comes to athleticism, you can’t ask for much more from a defensive tackle then what you’ll get out of Whaley. Unfortunately, injuries and raw abilities have limited his opportunities to prove himself as an NFL talent. Despite those setbacks, Whaley has a huge chance with the Cowboys and should show just enough during training camp to steal the final defensive tackle spot.

G Ronald Patrick

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G Ronald Patrick

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As of this moment, the Cowboys only have three guards who are near-locks to make the 53-man roster. While Dallas might be fine with only three, they could be forced to carry four if one stands out during camp. Patrick is an experienced, powerful blocker who has the polish and upside to solidify a reserve role along the Cowboys’ offensive line.

ILB Keith Smith

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ILB Keith Smith

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If you’re looking for a true sleeper to make the Cowboys’ roster, you found it with Smith. Although extremely raw, the San Jose State product shows tremendous athleticism and read-and-react abilities. He has the skill set to play any of the three linebacker spots, and could eventually develop into a starter given time and proper coaching during his stay in Dallas.

WR L’Damian Washington

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WR L’Damian Washington

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While the Cowboys’ top four receiver positions are essentially locked up, the final spot or two are up for grabs. Devin Street will likely secure one of those spots since they spent a fifth-rounder on him, which leaves the final spot available for Washington. He’ll have a tough time beating out fellow UDFA Chris Boyd, but his size, hands and leaping abilities should be enough to earn him a roster spot.

Gil Alcaraz IV is the Director of Content for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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