This offseason the Dallas Cowboys signed 24 undrafted free agents (as compiled by SB Nation), and needless to say, the majority of them won’t make the team’s final roster. In the past the Cowboys have excelled in emphasizing the right sort of traits in undrafted free agents, and that has allowed them to land players like wide receiver Miles Austin and quarterback Tony Romo.
In the draft the ‘Boys seem to trust their scouts over combine measurables to such a strong degree that they’re basically looking for exceptions to the rule. Take Joseph Randle, for example. We know that running backs who are slower than 4.50 in the 40-yard dash have a really difficult time in the NFL. We also know that weight is a predictor of success for backs. Nonetheless, in 2013 the Cowboys drafted Randle—with his 198 pounds and 4.63 speed—because they thought they could find an exception to the rule. That’s one example among many.
But when it comes to undrafted free agents, the Cowboys' strategy completely flips.
The Cowboys again landed some undrafted free agents with big potential in 2014 because they emphasized measurables and other predictors of NFL success over “the eye test.” Here are the top five undrafted Cowboys who could prove to have huge upside.