McGill had more players drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft than Texas. Crazy, right? Although the Longhorns haven’t been that good since their BCS National Title game with Vince Young, they have had some quality players and that’s exactly what Chris Whaley is. The Dallas Cowboys had a need at the defensive tackle position, and adding Whaley in the undrafted free agent period was a low-risk, high-reward type of signing.
The interesting thing about Whaley is that he was a four-star running back coming out of high school. The Cowboys’ biggest free agent signing was Henry Melton, and he was also a converted defensive tackle from Texas. That being said, the Cowboys’ idea is that Melton will take Whaley under his wing and make him a better football player. Whaley is only 270 pounds, and he will need to put on weight before becoming apart of Rod Marinelli‘s defensive line. Whaley might never be anything more than a backup, but the Cowboys need depth and Whaley will thrive in that role.
With excellent quickness off the ball, Whaley projects as a solid rotational defensive tackle on third downs. Whaley is one of the most athletic defensive tackles I have ever watched on tape and it is easy to see how he played running back just a few years ago. Whaley is a workaholic, and he will do whatever it takes to make an impact on the football field. Although he is unorthodox and his frame leaves much to be desired, Whaley is an athletically-gifted player for a defensive tackle. It will be interesting to follow him as training camp nears.