2012 Dallas Cowboys: Has Dallas Struck Gold with Any Undrafted Free Agents?
What happens within minutes upon completion of the NFL draft is sometimes just as important as the draft itself. Just ask Tony Romo and Miles Austin how they felt about going undrafted in comparison to where they are currently.
The Cowboys have had the uncanny ability to be very successful finding some undrafted free agent gems. It appears that success may continue.
From my initial observation, the Cowboys may have struck some gold with its undrafted free agent signings. That list includes offensive linemen Jeff Adams of Columbia, Levy Adcock of Oklahoma State and Ronald Leary of Memphis.
The Cowboys might also have some competition to add to the mix at running back by adding Lance Dunbar of North Texas and Darrell Scott of South Florida.
Some other undrafted free agents who have a legitimate chance of sticking or at least giving the coaches something to think about include Tennessee Tech receiver Tim Benford, N.C. State tight end George Bryan and outside linebacker Adrian Hamilton of Prairie View.
Hamilton was the NCAA leader in sacks last season with 22, and he could very well find himself playing on Sundays for the Cowboys.
Here's how I envision some of these undrafted free agents potentially fitting into this team in relation to needs:
Jeff Adams: could be a backup at either tackle position.
Levy Adcock: He earned some All-American honors at tackle but could be an option for depth at guard. I was a little surprised that he went undrafted.
Ronald Leary: An interior lineman that Jerry Jones considered drafting, and Bill Callahan worked out. He will push for a backup role at either guard position and could be an option as a swing tackle.
Lance Dunbar: A solid runner who ran for more than 1,000 yards in three straight seasons. He could push Phillip Tanner or prove his worth on special teams.
Darrell Scott: Once considered a top recruit coming out of high school, he could make the third running back spot one of the more intriguing battles of the summer.
Tim Benford: A receiver that had 27 touchdowns and over 3,000 yards receiving during his college career. If he can display solid return ability then he could be a consideration.
George Bryan: Good size for a tight end (6'5", 260 lbs). Should James Hanna fail, Bryan could be that third tight end option the Cowboys are looking for. He has exceptional blocking ability, and I had him as a seventh-round option in my most recent mock draft.
Adrian Hamilton: He was once kicked off the team at Texas Tech before landing at Prairie View. Twenty-two sacks are hard to ignore for a team looking to upgrade their pass rush. Was Prairie View too small a platform to properly judge him by or are his best days of football ahead of him? No doubt that he's an intriguing prospect.
It's quite possible that the Cowboys can continue their good fortune on the undrafted free agent market. Not only is it hard to ignore their track record but finding some gems could help sustain the roster. For the Cowboys, as well as other teams, it's about leaving no stone unturned.
Hopefully one of these players could be a pot of gold for the Cowboys.
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