Cowboys fans, meet your 2013 draft class (click for in-depth analysis):
The drafted rookie class will be asked to contribute right away on a team with a lot of holes, but there will be even more rookies coming into Dallas as undrafted free agents. Let’s examine who the Cowboys might target after the draft concludes. For the record, all but the final two of these players came into Dallas for a pre-draft visit.
Demetrius Harris, TE, UW-Milwaukee
Harris’ 2012 stats include 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. We’ve seen some other former basketball players make it big in the NFL at the tight end position, including Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham.
Harris might be the next in line with his long 6'6" frame and 4.56 speed. He also has some of the longest arms I’ve ever seen at nearly 36 inches.
Further, small-school prospects often make for quality undrafted free agent additions because they frequently possess high ceilings. When the cost of bringing in a player is next to nothing, teams should maximize upside with guys like Harris.
Conner Vernon, WR, Duke
A 6'0", 196-pounder, Vernon recorded a 4.54 40-yard dash. He’s better in short areas, however, displaying quickness on film and turning in an impressive 4.22 short shuttle. Vernon will try to create a niche as a slot receiver in the NFL.
Jonathan Stewart, LB, Texas A&M
Sean Lee is the man inside, but what if he goes down? The Cowboys would likely move Bruce Carter over to play middle linebacker, but it would be nice to have a true inside linebacker on the roster behind Lee.
Stewart can play inside in a 4-3. He’s 6'4" with 4.65 speed and recorded 81 tackles in 2012.
Jakar Hamilton, S, South Carolina State
A small player at only 5'11", 189 pounds, Hamilton would come into Dallas to compete for time at free safety. Hamilton was recruited enough out of high school to play his freshman year at Georgia before transferring to South Carolina State.
He would be a longshot to make the roster, but that’s the case with every undrafted free agent.
Kyle Padron, QB, Eastern Washington
Padron played at both Eastern Washington and SMU. At the latter, he threw for 41 touchdowns and 18 interceptions in his first two seasons. If not Padron, I expect to see the Cowboys bring in a quarterback to potentially grab the No. 3 spot.
Don Unamba, CB/S, Southern Arkansas
A little-known cornerback out of Southern Arkansas, Unamba had three interceptions, two blocked kicks, and 17 pass breakups as a senior.
Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
Some people projected Bray into the second round. Might as well give him a look, assuming Bray is willing to sign in Dallas.