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The Dallas Cowboys just scored a big touchdown by fielding huge group of talent in undrafted free agents immediately after the 2014 NFL Draft ended. Going undrafted doesn’t hurt a player’s dream of playing in the NFL.
The NFL has a nice history of turning undrafted free agents into valuable pieces of the puzzle. Tony Romo is a great example, along with former Cowboy, Miles Austin. Actually, Former Vikings and Seahawks standout John Randle failed to be selected in the 12 rounds of the 1990 NFL Draft, and he’s a Hall of Famer now. Other players to achieve success in the NFL are Arian Foster, Wes Welker, Priest Holmes, Antonio Gates and Adam Vinatieri.
Once the draft completed, teams switched gears recruiting undrafted free agents, who can have their choice of teams. According to Pro Football Talk, that number is just over $80,000 for 2014.
According to multiple sources and the Dallas Morning News, the team will have the following players at their rookie mini-camp that starts Friday: Texas defensive end Chris Whaley, LSU fullback J.C. Copeland, West Texas A&M quarterback Dustin Vaughan, Missouri receiver L’Damian Washington, Alabama punter Cody Mandell, Bloomsburg guard Brian Clarke, Baylor tight end Jordan Najvar, Arizona State defensive end Davon Coleman, Tennessee linebacker Dontavis Sapp, Iowa long snapper Casey Kreiter, Vanderbilt receiver Chris Boyd, Texas A&M running back Ben Malena, Auburn safety Ryan Smith, San Jose State linebacker Keith Smith, South Carolina guard Ronald Patrick, Akron offensive lineman Jarrod Pughsley, Baylor running back Glasco Martin, Illinois tight end Evan Wilson, Ferris State safety Marvin Robinson, Bethel defensive back Jocquel Skinner, Illinois State offensive lineman Josh Aladenoye, Northern Illinois defensive end Joe Windsor and Cincinnati offensive lineman Andre Cureton.