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Former TCU RB Sewo Olonilua Dallas Cowboys Most Intriguing Rookie?

Sewo Olonilua someone to keep an eye on amongst Cowboys’ rookies.

When it comes to the Dallas Cowboys 2020 rookie class, drafted or undrafted, there’s one player I’m really intrigued with right now… former TCU Running Back Sewo Olonilua.

I know it’s a little strange to say considering he went undrafted, however, I really think Sewo Olonilua might just be the Dallas Cowboys most intriguing rookie right now. From his size (6’3″, 240) to his skill set, there’s a lot to like about the intangibles he’s bringing to the Cowboys and I’ll tell you why.

Despite playing mostly as a running back and sometimes Wildcat QB during his time at TCU, there’s a lot more to Sewo Olonilua’s game than what meets the eye. If you’ve watched his film, you already know what he brings to the table as a running back. And if you haven’t, here’s a reminder…

TCU RB Sewo Olonilua Highlight Reel – 2019 Season | Stadium

Bruising running back Sewo Olonilua dominated the goal line for TCU this season, amassing 537 rushing yards, 114 receiving yards and a career-high nine total…

As impressive as Olonilua’s highlights are, I think there’s so much more to his game the Dallas Cowboys can tap into. They currently have him listed as a fullback, however, I think it would be unwise of them to pigeonhole him to just one position. I believe he has the potential to be so much more.

If it were up to me, I would take full advantage of Olonilua’s versatility. I think he can be utilized as a short yardage RB, a pass protector, a receiving threat out of the backfield, and a traditional fullback in a H-back kind of role. That’s already more than Jamize Olawale brings to the table, who is likely his main competition for a roster spot.

Sewo Olonilua is already a well-rounded prospect coming into camp, but I believe it’s his versatility that should allow him to stand out among the other Dallas Cowboys players, not just rookies. Because of that, I think he’s the most intriguing rookie to join the Cowboys this offseason. Do you agree?

Who do you think the Dallas Cowboys most intriguing rookie is?

What do you think?

Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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  1. Olawale’s most significant play so far as a Cowboy was against Indy 2 seasons ago where Olawale fell backwards ,tripping over his own feet while wide open trying to catch a pass in the end zone.

    • Other than being a key special teams contributor, Olawale unfortunately hasn’t done much during his time with the Cowboys. It may be time for some new blood.

  2. Hey Brian husband of a C -7 paraplegic here. Yea man fight the good fight it’s all in the attitude bro. But yea to the important stuff ha I’m intrigued with how T Diggs develops at DB as this is a big position of need for this team. In this passing league u gotta have several quality DBs or ur in trouble. i think Diggs has potential to be really good hopefully it comes sooner than later. My question to everyone is who covers opponents #1 receiver each week.

    • Hey Gary, it’s always nice to hear from others in the disability community. Shout out to you and your wife.

      I’m also interested in seeing how quickly Trevon Digs finds his footing in the NFL. The Cowboys obviously think very highly of him and probably would’ve considered him at 17 in the first-round, so he could see the field early and often as a rookie. I don’t think they really have to throw him to the wolves though if these not ready. They have enough experience at CB on the roster to bring him along slowly if they choose.

      And to answer your question, I’m not sure the Cowboys will have a CB shadowing an opponents #1 WR. I think were going to see a variety of different coverages under Mike Nolan then we have in the past.

  3. Intriguing, yes. But Jamize Olawale is just as intriguing. Nobody seems to know what to do with Olawale. He’s been in the NFL for 8 years now but has rushed for just over 200 yards, total. he’s 31 years old which is getting up in age for a runner. However, the Cowboys seem to like him. So, the competition at Fullback will definitely be intriguing. Throw in the possibility that one of the undrafted free agent tight ends signed by the Cowboys, Charlie Taumoepeau, may also get in on the FB competition and it gets even more interesting. A side note is Olonilua was part of TCU’s 1-2 backfield punch along with Darius Anderson who was also signed by the Cowboys as a UDFA following the 2020 draft. However, the highest rated running back the Cowboys signed was Rico Dowdle of South Carolina. He may have something to say about a roster spot in 2020. Let the games begin!!!

    • David, I used to think Olawale was intriguing, but other than his special teams play he hasn’t done much with the Cowboys. I think it might be time to go a little younger and cheaper, which is where Olonilua comes in. I think he’s a bigger, more versatile version who can provide the same service at a fraction of the cost. And you’re right about the FB competition. It’s definitely something to keep an eye on.

      • You can’t blame Olawale for not doing much since he’s been with the Cowboys!! It’s not his fault…. The coaching staff are the ones that wouldn’t put him on the field and give him opportunities!! I can only remember maybe 2 or 3 times he was put in on offense to make a play since he’s been with the Cowboys, so that’s why he hasn’t done much!! It doesn’t have anything to do with him not doing anything, it has to do with the coaching staff not giving him opportunities!!

        • Who’s blaming Olawale? I was simply stating he hasn’t made much of an impact with the Cowboys, whether it was a coaching decision or fault of his own.

  4. Olonilua has multiple skills, but I don’t think he showed anything special in those highlights, other than a decently explosive first 2-3 steps. Standard jack-of-all-trades, master of none prospect. Anybody that takes snaps away from the too-few touches that Pollard is already getting is a no-go in my book. He and Olawale look to be the same player to me, so perhaps it comes down to cost. Unless McCarthy/Moore just really plan to utilize the fullback, I don’t see anything particularly “intriguing”. However, he does have a chance to make the team.

    • Bill, I’m actually hoping McCarthy gets more use of the fullback position then the Dallas Cowboys did under Jason Garrett. With the Packers the FB was a vital part of the offense. I’m hoping that something he brings over now that he’s with the Cowboys. But you’re right, Olonilua and Olawale are similar players with similar skill sets. Having said that though, I think Olonilua has a good shot at being the better of the two.

  5. Martin, good article here. I am also excited to see if he makes the team. I agree with u in regards to olawale. He has simply been underutilized by the cowboys in the past and unfortunately has been put on the wayside. I agree, bringing in this fellow could stir up some goal line looks utilizing triple option plays. He has good cuts and acceleration. Not so much on the top speed though. I can deffently see a surprise fb dive or blast from the I which is something cowboys really haven’t had since the “moose” days. Not to mention he can catch out of the backfield. If he can bulk up without losing that acceleration, their I formation packages will be that much more dynamic not to mention throwing in pollard in a potential slot situation running reverses and slot motions. The run game can be down right ridiculous. People are worried about touches for pollard. See, if Moore plays his backs right, pollard could receive even more opportunities simply because of an additional weapon on the field. Which olawale didn’t bring.
    Triple options, swing routes, motion slots, this guy can do it all. People talk about bringing back Austin. Well, no need when u have this fellow. Another weapon for a already awsome offense.
    Smells a lot like the days when Rogers was throwing to 7 to 10 receivers a game. Too many weapons on the field for the defense account for. Unlike previous years of predictability. Defenses won’t know who is getting the ball on any down when you add this kid.

    • It sounds like you’re just as intrigued with Olonilua as I am. He’s really going to have to show up in training camp, but I think he has a chance to be a solid contributor as a rookie.

  6. Olonilua reminds me of Calvin Hill. He’s big and tall and has pass catching ability. They just need to find another Robert Newhouse.

    • Tom, I’m going to have to take your word for it. Calvin Hill was before my time and I’m ashamed to say I’m not quite as familiar with his playing days as I should be. That’s probably something I need to rectify.

  7. With the very little research l looked at this match up a couple weeks ago. Olawale has been pretty decent on special teams but of course very limited reps at fb… as a form of cost savings l believe there wouldnt be any cost would be the same due to cap hit so ultimately comes down to whos the better player. Idk, McCarthey picked up Olonilua so that might give him a slight leg up. Personnaly think Olonilua would be a better emergency RB and age is always a factor…

    • Jim, that’s my line of thinking as well. It’s going to be an interesting position battle to watch.

  8. Dallas picked up quite a few decent free agents. I like Garrett Marino a D. T. Who is very quick, strong, with a no quit motor.. The safety Luther Kirk will be a great special teamed. But Joe Jackson from last year is a real stud. He will make Randy Gregory look like a J. V. Player. Go Boy’s.!!

    • Dick, you’re right! The Cowboys did pick up a lot of the good undrafted free agents. It’s going to be fun to see what they can do.

  9. The former coaching staff didn’t properly use the full i.m.o…however if the rookie is nice as advertised then so be it I just the new coaches properly use the talent

    • Paul, you’re absolutely right. Under Jason Garrett the FB position was vastly underutilized. That’s why I was pretty surprised when Olwale received a contract extension not too long ago. Maybe things will change with Mike McCarthy now running things.

  10. Great Article on a relatively unknown player. After Olonilua was signed as a UDFA I checked out his highlights and was impressed with his skill set and immediately thought what a versatile FB or short yardage back he would make with his size. Sure enough Dallas currently has him listed as a FB. McCarthy has a history of utilizing the FB position in his offense (John Kuhn & Aaron Ripnoski) come to mind. The only problem that stands in Olonilua’s way is Olawale. It’s going to be an interesting training camp for the one FB position on the Cowboys roster.

  11. I’m interested in who is going be trusted to cover the other team’s best receiver one on one. I vote for T. Diggs.

    • I’m not so sure the Cowboys will have one of their CBs shadow an opponent’s best WR. It’s definitely something to keep an eye on though.

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