The Dallas Cowboys signed and drafted so many rookies and have altered the composition of their team in such a way that you almost have to expect multiple surprises when it comes to their final 53-man roster. When you look at the roster and start to add up the number of players who are sure bets to make the team, you’ll see there are quite a few spots left up for grabs.
When assessing dark-horse candidates to make the final roster, the nature of the beast is that we’re probably not expecting such players to make the team. To be considered a dark horse at all, you have to be a pretty severe underdog in some way—perhaps due to a lack of experience, a history of poor production, lackluster measurables or something else.
In suggesting dark horses to make the Cowboys roster, I’m looking for upside. These players don’t necessarily need to do anything crazy during camp, but they do need to show that they have potential. When the cost is low, it makes sense to shoot for the moon, so it behooves Dallas to search for Miles Austin-esque players who have the physical tools to provide a really high ceiling.
With that said, here’s a look at five dark-horse candidates to make the Cowboys’ final 53-man roster.