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Profiling 10 of the Cowboys’ Best Undrafted Free Agents

The have signed 20 undrafted free agents since the NFL Draft concluded on April 30. It’s a strong group, including seven players in Pro ’ top 100 undrafted list.

Michael Gehlken on Twitter: “Cowboys agreed to terms with 20 undrafted free agents, sources said. Safety Markquese Bell, center Alec Lindstrom and kicker Jonathan Garibay are part of the deep class. pic.twitter.com/g1DsPE14OR / Twitter”

Cowboys agreed to terms with 20 undrafted free agents, sources said. Safety , and are part of the deep class. pic.twitter.com/g1DsPE14OR

The Cowboys have a long of turning undrafted free agents into stars, including Hall of Fame wide receiver , three-time First-team All-Pro cornerback Everson Walls, four-time Tony Romo and two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Miles Austin. There may be a chance to find another star like those four with this group.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the best undrafted free agents Dallas signed:

Florida A&M S Markquese Bell

Bell could’ve easily been drafted. Instead, he arrives in Dallas as one of the Cowboys’ marquee UDFA signings. Dallas beat out several teams for his signature, including their division rival .

The former Florida A&M Rattler signed a hefty contract with a $15,000 bonus and a guaranteed $200,000. Bell was one of the prospects that attended Dallas’ “”, where 30 prospects met with the Cowboys before the draft. Last season, Bell earned First-team All-SWAC honors after recording 95 tackles, 71 of which were solo tackles.

He’s a hard-hitting safety who thrives as a run defender. Bell comes downhill with explosiveness, and his ball-tracking skills are just as good. With Dallas needing safety depth after Damontae Kazee’s departure, Bell could be a candidate to make the 53-man .

Devin Jackson on Twitter: “Every time I watch #FAMU Safety Markquese Bell play, I’m blown away with his instincts, range and closing burst. Phenomenal angle and attack on the ball on the first play on the deep post, and gets to mesh point in a hurry on second play. Easily of my favorite 2022 prospects. pic.twitter.com/gkxheEQfkk / Twitter”

Every time I watch #FAMU Safety Markquese Bell play, I’m blown away with his instincts, range and closing burst. Phenomenal angle and attack on the ball on the first play on the deep post, and gets to mesh point in a hurry on second play. Easily of my favorite 2022 prospects.

Cut Day Sports on Twitter: “FAMU S Markquese Bell coming across field for the takedown #NFL #NFLPABOWL pic.twitter.com/XrY3yH1hVj / Twitter”

FAMU S Markquese Bell coming across field for the takedown #NFL #NFLPABOWL pic.twitter.com/XrY3yH1hVj

 

Indiana WR Ty Fryfogle

Fryfogle spent five seasons at Indiana, catching 158 passes for 2,231 yards and 14 touchdowns. In 2020, he was the Big Ten Receiver of the Year.

In that 2020 season, Fryfogle caught 37 passes for 721 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s a contested-catch machine, hauling in Big Ten second-best 32 such catches at Indiana. Fryfogle will likely compete for a spot and potentially a spot on the 53-man roster if Michael Gallup starts the season on the .

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PFF College on Twitter: “TY FRYFOGLE IS COOKING DBs🔥We’ve got a one-score game pic.twitter.com/4lzvIvHDKS / Twitter”

TY FRYFOGLE IS COOKING DBs🔥We’ve got a one-score game pic.twitter.com/4lzvIvHDKS

Texas Tech K Jonathan Garibay

After not drafting a kicker, the Cowboys scooped up Garibay from the UDFA Pool. He has a chance to be Dallas’ week one kicker and will compete with for that spot.

Garibay earned First-team All-Big 12 honors last season after converting 15 of his 16 field goal attempts and 49 of his 50 extra-point attempts. He converted two game-winning field goals for the Red Raiders in 2021, including a 62-yarder to defeat Iowa State.

Jon Machota on Twitter: “The Cowboys are signing undrafted rookie free agent kicker Jonathan Garibay(Video: @CamMellor) pic.twitter.com/8sNzqvGKJS / Twitter”

The Cowboys are signing undrafted rookie free agent kicker Jonathan Garibay(: @CamMellor) pic.twitter.com/8sNzqvGKJS

I’d make him the favorite for the starting kicker position, so expect to hear Garibay’s name a lot in 2022.

Boston College OL Alec Lindstrom

Lindstrom, the brother of Atlanta Falcons’ Chris Lindstrom, made three All-ACC teams at Boston College. He is one of two centers to sign UDFA deals with the Cowboys, the other being BYU’s James Empey.

Last season, Lindstrom earned a 73.4 overall grade and 84.6 pass-blocking from PFF, giving up just one sack. At 293 pounds, he’s a little undersized but makes up for it with awareness and athletic ability. With Dallas lacking a clear-cut backup center, there’s a strong chance that Lindstrom makes the 53-man roster.

Matt Alkire on Twitter: “Physical win for Alec Lindstrom. Been a stalwart for Boston College. pic.twitter.com/IOmLbkaAZU / Twitter”

Physical win for Alec Lindstrom. Been a stalwart for Boston College. pic.twitter.com/IOmLbkaAZU

Ole Miss WR Dontario Drummond

Drummond burst onto the scene last season, catching 76 passes for 1,026 yards and eight touchdowns. The signing reunites him with his teammate and Dallas’ second-round draft pick, rusher .

Drummond’s size and strength allow him to be an excellent blocker and a hard man to bring down. Coming from a pass-heavy at Ole Miss, he shouldn’t have difficulty adjusting to another pass-heavy offense in Dallas. Like Fryfogle, he’ll also compete for a spot on the practice squad.

Law Nation Sports on Twitter: “Ole Miss wide receiver Dontario Drummond now a player about shine for Mississippi!!! pic.twitter.com/VoHsawf4Ww / Twitter”

Ole Miss wide receiver Dontario Drummond now a player about shine for Mississippi!!! pic.twitter.com/VoHsawf4Ww

Texas A&M LB Aaron Hansford

Hansford originally agreed to a UDFA deal with the rival before signing with the Cowboys. Last season, he led Texas A&M with 89 tackles and was one of the leaders of a defense that finished third nationally in points allowed with 14.8.

Hansford possesses good athleticism, physicality and hand leverage, doing his best work between the tackles. He’s got a solid frame at 239 pounds and could grab a practice squad spot thanks to Dallas’ thin depth at linebacker.

Texas A&M Athletics on Twitter: “Aaron Hansford celebrated Senior Day against Prairie View A&M with his first career touchdown, which is our @Allstate Celebration Moment of the Game! #GigEm pic.twitter.com/vY1CGEeLSp / Twitter”

Aaron Hansford celebrated Senior Day against Prairie View A&M with his first career touchdown, which is our @Allstate Celebration Moment of the Game! #GigEm pic.twitter.com/vY1CGEeLSp

UCF EDGE Big Kat Bryant

Markaviest “Big Kat” Bryant earned First-team All-AAC honors for UCF last season after recording six sacks and 13 tackles for loss. He’s one of two defensive linemen signed by Dallas as UDFAs, the other being Utah’s Mike Tafua.

Bryant spent four years at Auburn before transferring to UCF, logging 16 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss in his five-year college career. He’ll need much development to make the team but exhibits quality physical tools and traits.

Tyler Browning on Twitter: “UCF defender, Big Kat Bryant gets inside leverage here and makes the stop in the backfield. #ShrineBowl pic.twitter.com/VU6xQCIjwg / Twitter”

UCF defender, Big Kat Bryant gets inside leverage here and makes the stop in the backfield. #ShrineBowl pic.twitter.com/VU6xQCIjwg

Georgia Tech S Juanyeh Thomas

Thomas has been a critical member of Georgia Tech’s defense for the last three seasons. In 2021, he recorded a career-high 81 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles.

Like Bell, Thomas is a that plays his best near the line of scrimmage. He’s got the size to guard bigger tight ends and wide receivers and plays efficiently and polished. Thomas can also contribute on , increasing his chance of earning a roster spot.

Fifth Quarter GT on Twitter: “Player of the night Juanyeh Thomas(@STG_Yeh1)Who remembers when he took it back 100 yards against uga. pic.twitter.com/piHU1WkKYE / Twitter”

Player of the night Juanyeh Thomas(@STG_Yeh1)Who remembers when he took it back 100 yards against uga. pic.twitter.com/piHU1WkKYE

East-West Shrine Bowl on Twitter: “HUGE STOP by JUANYEH THOMAS‼️#ShrineBowl @STG_Yeh1 pic.twitter.com/Micsl2HG0c / Twitter”

HUGE STOP by JUANYEH THOMAS‼️#ShrineBowl @STG_Yeh1 pic.twitter.com/Micsl2HG0c

USC CB Issac Taylor-Stuart

Taylor-Stuart started three seasons at USC, finishing his college career with 80 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups.

He has excellent length for the cornerback position and has the speed and agility to stay on top of receivers. He showed off that speed at the NFL Combine, running the 40-yard dash at 4.42 seconds.

MJ Newsom on Twitter: “Really like what I’ve seen from Issac Taylor-Stuart today at USC’s pro day this morning. Posted the best times in both the 40 and shuttle and has looked really sharp in DB workouts. Could be a real steal for someone. / Twitter”

Really like what I’ve seen from Issac Taylor-Stuart today at USC’s this morning. Posted the best times in both the 40 and shuttle and has looked really sharp in DB workouts. Could be a real steal for someone.

Harvard RB Aaron Shampklin

Shampklin recorded 842 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns last season for Harvard. He made two First-team Ivy League teams in four seasons with the Crimson.

It may be challenging for Shampklin to make the team in a crowded running back room. However, his vision, patience and pass-catching ability could give him a chance.

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Nick Coppola

Written by Nick Coppola

Student at the University of Oklahoma. Reporter for OU Daily. Junior Writer for Inside The Star. Contributor for Guns Up Nation.

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