Undrafted Free Agents 2012: 4 Dallas Cowboys Pickups Who Will Make Roster
This continues the Cowboys' effort to a degree to help retool the roster through the 2012 rookie class. Some of these players were closely watched before and during the draft. Others were lesser-known talents who may have shone on smaller stages or didn't stick out on their respective teams.
Each one will have a chance to show Jason Garrett and the Cowboys staff their capabilities in training camp. Some of them have a good chance of making the final roster.
Follow along to see a few players who will make it onto the 2012 Cowboys roster.
Jeff Adams of Columbia slipped past numerous teams after being projected by CBSSports.com to be a fifth- or sixth-round pick. Many teams that may have thought about Adams could be missing out on a player who has a nice bit of potential.
Adams has a good body for a tackle. He's 6'6" and weighs 305 pounds. He has long arms to push off rushers. He's athletic, fast and quick off the snap. Moreover, Adams can block downfield.
Indeed, Adams will take some time to build bulk and develop his game.
Still, the Cowboys grabbed a nice depth addition to plug behind Tyron Smith or Doug Free. After the Cowboys didn't draft an offensive lineman, they did well to pick this one up shortly after the draft.
Levy Adcock of Oklahoma State is another nice tackle prospect to come out of the crowd. His physique is even better than that of Adams as far as tackles are concerned. Adcock is 6'6" and 320 pounds. He has good reaction time and a nice bit of athleticism.
His athleticism is not much more than that little bit. He's not quick or nimble. He can get thrown off his feet by strong pass-rushers.
Adcock could find a role on special teams with the Cowboys. He could be a front-line player on kickoff returns and block on field goals. He'd be able to give one quick move to stop a player from going far towards blocking a kick.
The Cowboys could use him, since his attributes are just good enough to make him last on a roster.
Lance Dunbar was a tremendous star for North Texas. He set a program record with 4,224 yards rushing. Also, Dunbar had 41 rushing touchdowns in his Mean Green career. He showed ability to catch passes out of the backfield, catching 96 passes for 1,033 yards in his four-year career.
Last season was a bit of a down year for him, as he ran for 1,115 yards and a 4.1-yard average and scored 10 rushing touchdowns, after 1,553 on a 5.7-yard average in 2010.
Dunbar was a three-time All-Sun Belt First Team selection.
Cowboys personnel saw him at his pro day, according to CBSSports.com. They were surely impressed by his 4.47-second 40-yard dash time.
He's a small back at 5'8" and 206 pounds. That's not a bad thing, as he could be a low-to-the-ground burner.
Dunbar could find a role with the Cowboys as a third-string running back if he competes well with Phillip Tanner in training camp.
Like Jeff Adams, Tim Benford, a wide receiver from Tennessee Tech, is a prospect who slipped through the cracks on draft weekend. Benford went undrafted after being projected to the sixth or seventh round by CBSSports.com.
Benford should be able to impress Cowboys coaches with his fine skill set. He has big hands and is a solid pass-catcher, even in tight coverage. He's fairly speedy, having run a 4.48-second 40-yard dash time at his Tennessee Tech pro day.
He's more of a possession receiver than a deep threat, running precise routes and catching cornerbacks off guard with stellar cuts.
Benford could find a role on the Cowboys as a fourth or fifth wide receiver. Benford, a hard worker, should have no problem challenging Dwayne Harris, Andre Holmes and Raymond Radway for a spot on the depth chart.