FRISCO - If the NFL Draft is something of a “dart throw” - the Dallas Cowboys using 11 tries at the bullseye - the pursuit of undrafted free agents is even more “educated guessing.”
And Dallas used the UDFA process to execute 13 such guesses - with an offensive lean.
The Dallas draft itself was about defense. They made 11 picks, the first six and eight in total brought on defensive players.
Then came the UDFA chase, netting Dallas:
Purdue safety Tyler Coyle
Texas wide receiver Brennan Eagles
Michigan tight end Nick Eubanks
Mississippi State wide receiver Osirus Mitchell
Texas Tech wide receiver T.J. Vasher
Tiffin running back JaQuan Hardy
Marshall running back Brenden Knox
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Louisiana fullback Nick Ralston
TCU tight end Artayvious Lynn
Houston offensive lineman Braylon Jones
Oregon defensive tackle Austin Faoliu
Iowa wide receiver Brandon Smith
Texas A&M linebacker Anthony Hines
In that bunch are a quartet of wide receivers. Eagles caught 28 passes for 469 yards and five touchdowns at Texas. Mitchell caught 47 passes for 505 yards and four touchdowns at Mississippi State. Smith caught 23 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns at Iowa. Vasher caught 19 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns at Texas Tech.
There is a level of merited excitement over this collection, which should be viewed as "a bunch of seventh-round picks.'' It was from the UDFA pile that the Dallas Cowboys once found Drew Pearson, Everson Walls, Bill Bates and Tony Romo. And even on this roster now, tight end Blake Jarwin is notable as having been undrafted.
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