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The Cowboys have a rich history of undrafted free agents making major contributions.

From yesteryear legends like Cliff Harris and Everson Walls to one of the greatest undrafted free agents of all time, Tony Romo, to recent Cowboys like Miles Austin, Cole Beasley, to Blake Jarwin, the Cowboys have always been able to find viable talent after the draft.


After concluding April’s NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys signed 15 undrafted free agents.

  • RB Darius Anderson
  • RB Rico Dowdle
  • RB Sewo Olonilua
  • WR Stephen Guidry
  • WR Aaron Parker
  • WR Kendrick Rogers
  • TE Sean McKeon
  • TE Charlie Taumoepeau
  • OT Terence Steele
  • DE Ron’Dell Carter
  • DE Garrett Marino
  • DE LaDarius Hamilton
  • LB Francis Bernard
  • LB Azur Kamara
  • S Luther Kirk

Per usual, most of these prospects will serve as camp fodder. However, a handful of these men will either make the 53-man roster or at least be retained as practice squad members for future development.


At first glance, these are the prospects who have the inside track to becoming Dallas Cowboys.


EDGEs

Demarcus Lawrence has the strong side covered, but the right end is a major question mark with the departure of team sack leader Robert Quinn. EDGE players have a great shot at making the squad, with no clear cut incumbent insight.

Ron’dell Carter, 6’2.5″/265 // James Madison

Carter made noise with some pretty nice production in 2019, leading the Dukes with 12 sacks and 27 tackles for loss. Carter sports a tidy, well put together a frame that may be pretty close to maxed out. No testing numbers exist, as James Madison’s pro day was wiped by a coronavirus, but on tape, Carter shows some really nice get off and 1st step burst. Also visible is a competitive nature and mean streak. To some degree, Carter gives off some Dorance Armstrong vibes.

Azur Kamara, 6’3″/245 // Kansas

There is something here. You can see it immediately on film. First Kamara’s unearthly length (35″ arms, 10″ hands) jumps out at you, but the 4.59 speed shows itself shortly thereafter. Kamara played like a Jack Backer in Kansas’ scheme. When he is lined up on the edge, he shows some juice to turn the corner and a nice motor.

Off-ball, Kamara looks nice in pursuit, plays well sideline to sideline, and has a huge tackling radius. Play strength is only a notch above adequate, and his overall play would benefit from a little added power. A guy like Kamara, should he make the roster could serve as a nice chess piece for new DC Mike Nolan’s flexible defense.

Ladarius Hamilton, 6’2″/262 // North Texas

Hamilton is a bit of a puzzle. He is a little shorter than you like for his playstyle, and not a plus athlete by any measure (4.89 40 yard dash, 7.66 3-cone, 30″ vert). Hamilton is stout though (27 reps), has a crazy motor, and shows some kind of nuanced hand skills. On the tape, you see a few expertly timed swats and chops, ala Demarcus Lawrence.

To the naked eye, it appears Hamilton may be lugging around a little bad weight. It’s unclear if his best bet would be to gain 15 lbs. and hone his craft as an interior rusher, (early down SDE, kick inside on pass downs) or drop 15 lbs. and see if he gains a bit of the twitchiness needed to play as a true edge.


Wide Receivers

The overviews on these prospects are going to be pretty redundant because after watching each of these three wideouts, it became clear that Dallas had signed 3 of the same guy. Dallas put a clear and unmistakable emphasis on finding red zone-centric players. A trait absent among the current WR group, Dallas went after some big bodies out wide.

Stephen Guidry, 6’3″/201 // Mississippi State

“Smooth” is the first word that comes to mind with Guidry. With 4.47 speed, he’s not sudden or twitchy. It seems to be a bit of a momentum runner, but once he’s in top gear, nobody gains ground. Guidry is definitely a plus guy in contested catch situation but can get lost at times in the run game, and had very limited production at MSU (14 career starts, 49 rec, 827 yards).

Kendrick Rogers, 6’4″/209 // Texas A&M

Very good speed for his size (4.51) and an outstanding red-zone player. Not only does Rogers possess a dragnet of a catch radius, but he also has great body control, and an understanding of body positioning, and boxing out defenders.

On film, Rogers made countless contested catches and takes pride in being tough to tackle. A low producer like Guidry (68 career receptions), Rogers could benefit from some expert coaching on route running, and beating press coverage.

Aaron Parker, 6’2″/209 // Rhode Island

Shorter, and less athletic (4.57 40 yard dash, 26.5″ vert) than the other two wideouts profiled, Aaron Parker still just gets it done. Whether or not he can get open in the NFL remains to be determined, but Parker does some pretty impressive things when he’s not open.

Parker is violent at the catch point when wearing a defender, ripping the ball away with authority. Built with a thick lower body like a running back, Parker is a violent and relentless runner after the catch as well.


Linebackers

The Cowboys have a need for some LB depth behind the oft-injured Sean Lee, and the foggy-futures Leighton Vander Esch. Luke Gifford will again be aboard but is unproven. A depth LB who can also be a core special teamer would be a pretty important find.

Francis Bernard, 6’1″/230 // Utah

Not the best athlete, but most of that is negated by instincts. Bernard seems to diagnose and decide well, rarely wasting a false step. Good at avoiding blockers, but sometimes ends up out of position after jumping around a block, and needs to get better at taking them on when necessary. Sifts through trash pretty well and shows an ability to pick his spot and time up a blitz.


Offensive Tackle

Swing tackle is a bit of a soft spot for the Cowboys as currently constructed. Starters Tyron Smith and Lael Collins both missed time last year, and behind them it’s former UDFA Brandon Knight vs. the world.

Terence Steele, 6’6″/312″ // Texas Tech

Good frame with long arms, good athlete (5.03 40 yard dash). He’s good when he is able to latch on and good at getting to the second level in the run game. This is a player you want to like but simply may not possess the lateral quickness to survive at the NFL level. Guys take him out wide and he simply can’t recover.

Steele is a long shot, but the sentiment was no different regarding Brandon Knight a year ago, and he now has the inside track to be the team’s swing tackle. Steele shows enough on tape to be worth a look.


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