Dallas Cowboys Undrafted Free-Agent Signings: Need-to-Know Info for Every Signee

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIMay 10, 2014

Dallas Cowboys Undrafted Free-Agent Signings: Need-to-Know Info for Every Signee

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    The 2014 NFL draft has come and gone, but the rookie signings are far from over for the Dallas Cowboys. Over the years, Dallas has had some luck in digging for gold in the pool of undrafted free agents. As the team does so again in 2014, consider this your one-stop shop for information on each and every signing.

    The Cowboys addressed some big needs in the draft, surprisingly focusing a lot of attention on the offensive side. Offensive tackle Zack Martin has the ability to play guard as well.

    Using another first-round pick on an offensive lineman shows Dallas is focused on keeping quarterback Tony Romo upright. With Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick already on the roster, the offensive line is no longer a weakness.

    The team also addressed defensive end and wide receiver early on in the draft. With DeMarcus Ware and Miles Austin gone, Demarcus Lawrence and Devin Street will look to fill their big shoes.

    Even with these positions addressed, more than a few others could use some depth. Dallas specifically could use new faces at defensive tackle, running back and even fullback.

    Look for the Cowboys to target players to fill these needs and more as the undrafted free-agency frenzy begins. Be sure to check back here for a breakdown of all of Dallas' signings in the days to come.

L'Damian Washington, WR, Missouri

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    Shortly after the 2014 NFL draft concluded, former Missouri wide receiver L'Damian Washington took to Twitter to announce he had signed with the Cowboys.

    Proud DALLAS COWBOY!!

    — L'Damian Washington® (@Fe_Verdadera2) May 11, 2014

    Washington going undrafted was likely a bit of a shock to more than a few experts and Dallas just picked up a fine prospect.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 195 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.38 sec.

    Vertical Jump: 32" inches

     

    Strengths

    Washington has a big, tall frame that can go up and grab any football thrown his way. As he showcased at the 2014 NFL Combine, he possesses explosive speed and can break away from defenders. His size and speed made him tough for many cornerbacks to stop in college.

     

    Weaknesses

    It wouldn't hurt Washington to add a bit more weight to his frame but that's something that can easily be addressed by the end of training camp. The bigger issue standing in his way is that his hands aren't the softest.

    Washington isn't going to drop every pass thrown his way but more than a few that he should catch will hit the turf.

J.C. Copeland, FB, LSU

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    The Cowboys went through much of last season without a true fullback on their roster. It appears they might be open to changing that approach in 2014. LSU product J.C. Copeland announced on Twitter that he has been signed by Dallas.

    I'm going to be a #Cowboys #CowboysNation

    — LSU-PUNISHER#44 (@JC_PUNISHER_GA) May 11, 2014

    It was smart of the Cowboys to pick up a fullback prospect in undrafted free agency and Copeland will have all of training camp to prove he deserves a star on his helmet.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 271 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.95 sec.

    225 Bench Press: 23 reps

     

    Strengths

    Given his frame, Copeland is a tough guy to get around. His long arms and big hands give him an extra advantage when clearing out defenders. There is a lot to like about how he delivers his blocks and the way he powers through people

     

    Weaknesses

    Copeland has been known in college to have his weight fluctuate quite a bit which shows a lack of discipline. He cannot have that trend continue at the NFL level.

    Sometimes his strength and aggressiveness works against him and whiffs on blocks. With a little coaching, he should work past this fault.

Chris Boyd, WR, Vanderbilt

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    Former Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd announced via Twitter that he has signed with the Cowboys.

    Glad to say that I am a Dallas Cowboy! #AmericasTeam #Dreamchaser #TheBeginning

    — Chris Boyd (@cboyd_80) May 11, 2014

    He will now join a wide receiver depth chart that is getting increasingly crowded, at least for the time being.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 206 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.73 sec.

    225 bench: 12 reps

     

    Strengths

    Boyd has an impressive fame and showed during his college career that he knew how to utilize it. He's a guy that can out-position his defender and grab a jump ball out of the air.

     

    Weaknesses

    After being dismissed from the team last season for his after-the-fact involvement in an alleged rape, he entered the NFL draft instead of returning to school. Boyd chose to head to the pros instead of redeeming himself at Vanderbilt. There are obvious character issues here, to say the least.

Ben Malena, RB, Texas A&M

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    The Cowboys have brought in another in-state talent, signing Texas A&M product Ben Malena, according to Charean Williams of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

    Cowboys have signed A&M running back Ben Malena as a free agent.

    — Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) May 11, 2014

    Malena is the first rookie running back to be brought in by the Cowboys despite letting former backup Phillip Tanner walk this offseason.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 5'8"

    Weight: 194 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.6 sec.

    Shuttle: 4.27 inches

     

    Strengths

    Malena is a grinder and really works to gain every yard he can during a play. He is probably best utilized at the NFL level in short-yardage situations.

     

    Weaknesses

    Malena's frame works against him. He really doesn't the ability to elude defenders and doesn't have any one skill that separates him from other rushers. 

Ryan Smith, S, Auburn

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    Dallas chose to bring in another rookie safety in undrafted free agency, signing Ryan Smith. The Auburn product broke the news to his Twitter followers on May 10.

    Headed to Dallas!! Thank God for all the Blessings he done sent me!

    — Ryan Smith (@Smith_AU24) May 10, 2014

     The Cowboys continue to bring in rookies at positions where they need the most help, Smith now has to prove he's worth one of the 53 roster spots.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 195 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.51 sec.

    Shuttle: 4.26 inches

     

    Strengths

    Smith really impressed during his pro day with that 40-yard dash time. He posted a faster time then Malena did at his, and the latter is a running back. Dallas also has to like his frame, specifically his height that comes in handy in coverage.

     

    Weaknesses

    Smith didn't see a ton of time as a starter in college. That lack of experience will work against him while he's trying to make an NFL roster. There will be veterans and rookies alike that have seen more playing time under their belts battling for that roster spot with him.

Ronald Patrick, OG, South Carolina

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    Ronald Patrick (No. 67) has signed with the Cowboys
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    Dallas has decided to bring in more offensive line help for training camp, signing guard Ronald Patrick. The former South Carolina Gamecock took to Twitter to announce he had signed with the 'Boys.

    Dallas Cowboys here I come!!!!

    — Ronald Patrick (@RPatrick67) May 10, 2014

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 315 pounds

    40-yard dash: 5.31 sec.

    225 Bench Press: 23 reps

     

    Strengths

    Over his college career, the Gamecocks offense learned it could rely on Patrick to suit up each Saturday. He started each game he was available for last season. In 2012, he started every game for South Carolina. At a position where injuries are part of every year, Patrick tends to avoid them and stay on the field.

     

    Weaknesses

    Patrick was unable to beat the injury bug last season, suffering a high ankle sprain. Ankle injuries are not always easy to come back from. He was able to re-join the team after the injury last season but Dallas should keep an eye on how Patrick moves now that he's had time to fully recover.

Dontavis Sapp, LB, Tennessee

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    Former Tennessee Volunteer Dontavis Sapp has agreed to terms with the Cowboys. Sapp announced that he's headed down to Dallas on his Twitter account.

     

    Dallas Cowboys!!!

    — Dontavis Sapp (@kingsapp_41) May 10, 2014

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 227 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.66 sec.

    Vertical Jump: 30" inches

     

    Strengths

    Sapp is a solid tackler and can be counted on to find his way to the ball-carrier. Over his four seasons in Tennessee, Sapp recorded 108 tackles, 11.5 of which were for a loss.

     

    Weaknesses

    It wouldn't be a bad idea for Sapp to add a little weight in the pros. If he doesn't, he might be better served strictly a special teams player.

Glasco Martin, RB, Baylor

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    Dallas continues to add to its total of former Bears with the signing of Glasco Martin. The runing back announced on his Twitter that he is now a Cowboy.

    Cowboys baybee! Dallas tom

    — Glasco Martin IV (@Glasco_IV) May 11, 2014

    Measurables

    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 230 pounds

    Shuttle: 4.66 sec.

    225 Bench Press: 17 reps

     

    Strengths

    Martin served as a fine backup for Lache Seastrunk for most of his college career. That didn't stop him from recording 15 rushing touchdowns in 2012 and 25 overall. Martin is a big running back who can really move the pile in short-yardage situations like the goal line.

     

    Weaknesses

    Martin isn't the kind of back the Cowboys usually have on the roster. Not exactly Brandon Jacobs in size but Martin is 11 pounds heavier than DeMarco Murray. A bigger rusher might be an intriguing thought to head coach Jason Garrett but it's a hard sell considering his offensive style.

Josh Aladenoye, OL, ISU

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    The Cowboys have signed former Illinois State Redbird Josh Aladenoye, according to Randy Reinhardt of The Bloomington Pantagraph.

    Shelby Harris 7th round draft pick of Oakland. Josh Aladenoye (Dallas), Colton Underwood (San Diego) agree to free agent contracts.

    — Randy Reinhardt (@Pg_Reinhardt) May 10, 2014

    Measurables

    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 325 pounds

    40-yard dash: 5.25 sec.

    225 Bench Press: 24 reps

     

    Strengths

    Aladenoye was durable in college, starting every game in over his final two seasons. He is an impressive force in the running game, using his big frame to clear holes for running backs.

     

    Weaknesses

    It's understandable why Dallas would bring in another lineman. That being said, with the mix of new draft picks and veterans now on the roster, Aladenoye might not be needed by the end of camp.

Jocquel Skinner, CB, Bethel University

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    From Bethel University to the Dallas Cowboys. Craig Thomas of The Jackson Sun reported that cornerback Jocquel Skinner has signed with Big D.

    Bethel DB Jocquel Skinner confirmed to me he signed today with the Dallas Cowboys. #NFL #WestTNSports

    — Craig Thomas (@JSWriterCraig) May 11, 2014

    Measurables

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 175 pounds

     

    Strengths

    It's hard to find out much about Skinner other than his highlight reel on Youtube. He does show an ability to stay with his assignment and how to get between the ball and receiver.

     

    Weaknesses

    Even in some of the clips on his highlight reel, Skinner seems to show a bit of an indecisiveness at times. At times, it can take him too long to diagnose a play and react.

Andre Cureton, OG, Cincinnati

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    According to the former Cincinnati Bearcat's Twitter account, guard Andre Cureton has signed with the Cowboys.

    Blessed to be taking my talents to the Dallas Cowboys #americasteam

    — RIP Popop (@Who_AC) May 11, 2014

    Cureton is the third offensive lineman Dallas has signed in undrafted free agency.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 310 pounds

    40-yard dash: 5.21 sec.

    225 Bench Press: 19 reps

     

    Strengths

    Cureton follows his assignments well and is was a real asset in Cincinnati's running game. His size and initial burst off the snap makes him difficult to get around.

     

    Weaknesses

    Cureton could use some work in pass protection. Considering the fact that quarterback Tony Romo has been sacked 107 times over the past three seasons, Dallas can't afford to have liabilities up front.

Joe Windsor, DE, NIU

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    The Cowboys have signed defensive end Joe Windsor, according to his former school athletic department's Twitter account.

    Latest reported @PrideinthePack free agent signee is DE Joe Windsor. Will join #NIU 7th round pick Ken Bishop with Dallas Cowboys.

    — NIU Huskie Athletics (@NIUAthletics) May 11, 2014

    Measurables

    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 236 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.81 sec.

    225 Bench Press: 19 reps

     

    Strengths

    Dallas likely took a chance on Windsor due to his speed. He was a noticeable presence on the Huskies defense last year, posting a career-high 37 tackles as well as 4.5 sacks. Windsor uses his speed to get through traffic and find the ball-carrier.

     

    Weaknesses

    Given what the Cowboys want out of a defensive end in their 4-3 scheme, Windsor has an uphill battle ahead of him. He needs to put on more weight and his height is a bit shorter than the team is used to having at the position.

Dustin Vaughan, QB, West Texas A&M

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    The Cowboys decided to bring in another quarterback. Dallas signed West Texas A&M product Dustin Vaughan, according to Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News.

    Some of Dallas Cowboys UDFA signings: West Texas A&M QB Dustin Vaughan, Texas DT Chris Whaley, Alabama P Cody Mandell ... more ...

    — Brandon George (@DMN_George) May 11, 2014

    Measurables

    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 220 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.95 sec.

    Vertical Jump: 29" inches

     

    Strengths

    Vaughan ended his career with the Buffaloes with plenty of starts under his belt. He is experienced under center, which is why he threw for 10,100 yards, good for third most in school history.

     

    Weaknesses

    Coming from a small school, Vaughan didn't face the toughest competition in college. Every rookie takes time to adjust to the speed of the game at the pro level. For Vaughan, the learning process will be that much harder.

Chris Whaley, DT, Texas

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    Bringing more help to the defensive line, the Cowboys have signed Chris Whaley, according to Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 269 pounds

    225 Bench Press: 22 reps

     

    Strengths

    When watching Texas film from any game in the past few years, chances are you'll see Whaley. A five-year Longhorn, Whaley was a dependable player who showed a high motor during his college career. He's earned his reputation as a durable player.

     

    Weaknesses

    He's going to need to add more weight to his frame to be a defensive tackle in the NFL Whaley already has a history of weight fluctuation and that needs to end now that he's in the pros. If he could get to the 270 or 280-pound range, that would help his chances of succeeding at this level.

Cody Mandell, P, Alabama

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    Dallas has signed former Alabama punter Cody Mandell, according to Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 216 pounds

     

    Strengths

    Mandell won the starting punter gig his freshman year at Alabama, when he joined the Crimson Tide as a walk on. Back in 2012, he averaged almost 44 yards per punt attempt. Mandell has a big boot and will likely have the chance to win a starting NFL gig, if not in Dallas then somewhere else.

     

    Weaknesses

    The Cowboys just re-signed Chris Jones after he posted a solid first full NFL season. Dallas is likely only bringing in Mandell as a camp body but hey, if the rookie impresses enough, anything can happen.

Keith Smith, LB, San Jose State

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    The Cowboys have brought in another linebacker, agreeing to terms with Keith Smith, according to Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News.

     

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 229 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.98 sec.

    225 Bench Press: 26 reps

     

    Strengths

    Smith started all four seasons for San Jose State, never missing a game from 2010-2012. He was a four-time All-WAC selection. Smith has a clear talent for tackling, even in one-on-one scenarios. 

     

    Weaknesses

    Smith is fighting for a roster spot with too many veterans and rookies, alike. He clearly has talent but Dallas might not be the best place for him to start his NFL career.

Marvin Robinson, S, Ferris State

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    According to Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News, Dallas has signed safety Marvin Robinson.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 196 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.64 sec.

     

     

    Strengths

    Robinson may have graduated from a small school but he started his college career at Michigan. He is a strong tackler and can be relied upon to make a big play or two on occasion.

     

    Weaknesses

    If Robinson didn't have the ability to grab a starting roster spot at Michigan he is going to have a tough time getting on an NFL depth chart. He has promise due to his size and could even switch positions to linebacker. That being said, he is more of a raw talent than a developed one.

Davon Coleman, DT, Arizona State

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    The Cowboys have signed defensive tackle Davon Coleman, according to the team's official website

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 276 pounds

    40-yard dash: 5.20 sec.

    225 Bench Press: 35 reps

     

    Strengths

    Coleman was a backup at Arizona State after transferring from junior college. He proved to be a versatile player who could make big plays when given the opportunity. 

     

    Weaknesses

    Dallas has brought in a lot of talent along the defensive line this offseason. Coleman's lack of experience from being a backup in college will hurt his chances to outshine other veterans or rookies who were starters in school.

Casey Kreiter, LS, Iowa

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    Dallas has brought in former Iowa long snapper Casey Kreiter. 

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 250 pounds

    40-yard dash: 5.03 sec.

    225 Bench Press: 13 reps

     

    Strengths

    Casey Kreiter was in all likelihood brought in to provide training camp competition for veteran L.P. Ladoucer. Kreiter served as one of Iowa's team captains last season and served as long snapper from 2011 through last season.  

     

    Weaknesses

    Kreiter did a fine job for the Hawkeyes and could find a starting gig at his position somewhere in the NFL, just not Dallas. The Cowboys have rolled with Ladoucer for years now and this roster could use a bit of stability where it can get it. Kreiter is a camp signing, nothing more.

Jordan Najvar, TE, Baylor

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    Dallas has agreed to terms with tight end Jordan Najvar. He is the third Baylor product to join the Cowboys.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 265 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.84 sec.

    225 Bench Press: 20 reps

     

    Strengths

    Najvar is a home-state talent that the Cowboys' scouts have to be familiar with. He was a three-time All-Big 12 honoree in school. Due to his size, Najvar is a solid blocker in both pass protection and clearing space for running backs.

     

    Weaknesses

    In Dallas' offense, being a one-dimensional tight end just isn't an option. The Cowboys are a pass-first team in a pass-happy league. It's hard to see them using a roster spot on someone who can only act as an extra blocker.

Dashaun Phillips, CB, Tarleton State

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    In another small school signing, the Cowboys have brought in Tarleton State product Dashaun Phillips.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 182 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.48 sec.

    Vertical Jump: 39" inches

     

    Strengths

    Phillips has solid speed and posted some fine numbers at his pro day. He was an All-LSC selection in 2012 after recording 32 tackles and eight pass breakups

     

    Weaknesses

    Phillips will have an uphill battle making the roster but he certainly has talent. He'll need to shine in training camp to be in the discussion on the final cornerback depth chart.

Jarrod Pughsley, OG, Akron

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    The Cowboys have brought in yet another offensive lineman in Jarrod Pughsley out of Akron.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 312 pounds

    40-yard dash: 5.29 sec.

    225 Bench Press: 34 reps

     

    Strengths

    One of Pughsley's top strengths is well, his strength. He proved to be a reliable run-blocker for the Zips an was serviceable as a pass protector. 

     

    Weaknesses

    Pughsley has great size and strength but he needs to improve as a pass-blocker. Serviceable does not cut it when trying to make a team that loves to pass the ball.

Evan Wilson, TE, Illinois

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    Dallas has brought in another undrafted tight end after agreeing to terms with Illinois product Evan Wilson.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 250 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.85 sec.

    Vertical Jump: 35.5" inches

     

    Strengths

    Wilson has a great frame and really proved himself as a blocker for the Fighting Illini. He was also an occasional red zone target due to his size. 

     

    Weaknesses

    Wilson and Najvar each have the same problem when it comes to making the final roster. The Cowboys might be looking into the idea of bringing in a sole blocker at tight end but it's unlikely they use a roster spot on a one-dimensional player.

    Both will need to make their mark on special teams in order to strengthen their case of sticking around past August.