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Rookie Roundup: Sounds, Sights Around This Year’s Drafted Rookies

Welcome to the inaugural series, “Rookie Roundup.”

In this ongoing series, I will compile all eye-popping videos, interviews, articles, and posts that I can get my hands on over this year's rookies–and drop the info right here for you to read.

Whether it be over gameplay, practice, life outside of football posts, et cetera, I will do the best of my abilities to give you some coverage over the rooks, but also give my take on what info I find.

Also, while we sit amidst Training Camp, there have been some big plays and entertaining comments from players, coaches, and good ole , so expect some juicy material.

So without further ado, check it out below.

Tyler Smith: Mr. “Why Did We Pick This Guy?”

As we all know, the most common reaction from fans around the pick was: “WTF?!?” While many fans hoped another stud would fall to the Cowboys, or they went the Kenyon Green/ route, the surprised everyone by going with Smith.

With much criticism on his head, Smith has seemed to block out the noise pretty well because he's balllllinnnnnnnnn lately. Projected at LG, Smith has been getting constant praise from his teammates, coaches, and by the front office–as you can see what Jones said about him below.

Top Nugget on Smith:

Also, while I could give you some video over Smith's pass-protection, I thought I would mix it up and drop this gem of him carrying all the player's . It made me laugh seeing this giant carrying multiple helmets for being a rookie (I could bring maybe three), but if you REALLY wanted to see how he looks, click here.

Sam Williams: A guy who's going to surprise people this year.

Once left in , fans went crazy trying to figure out who would be that guy to dial-up pressure with , Dorance Armstrong, and Micah Parsons. While some pointed to Armstrong taking a leap or newly-signed , the franchise went after an edge by name of Sam “De” Williams, who I believe will be a STUD.

Yes, I get it is way too early to label him as a stud, but after hearing praise from his teammates on how talented he is and seeing videos of him in drills, Williams could have some people advocating for him to be DROY.

Top Nugget From Williams:

I laughed and loved this quote that Williams gave during a Training Camp because I never imagined NFL players being bored or needing new friends after getting drafted. Like I always imagined them being at the top of the world, having your circle with you, et cetera.

However, I'm not trying to fault Williams here because it can be hard to transition to a new state without knowing anyone, so I understand him. But if Williams is reading this and wants a new friend, hit me up.

Jalen Tolbert: The Next Great Dallas Cowboys WR. Just kidding, or am I?

After the departures of several WRs this offseason, the Cowboys made moves to manage those losses. With the signings of , former USFL MVP KaVontae Turpin, and the drafting of , there are a lot of new faces in the wideout room.

However, Tolbert is arguably the most-hyped wideout on the practice field right now (besides Lamb), and you could see why the Cowboys went after him in the draft.

But before we talk about him, did everyone see the one-handed snag by WR TJ Vasher?! If not, watch Vasher do his best Odell-impersonation over CB right there.

Jumping back to Tolbert, so far (from what I have seen), this guy can ball. Expected to compete with Washington for the WR2 slot, Tolbert has impressed coaches since OTAs, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him solidify himself as the team's No.2 guy.

Top Nugget from Tolbert:

While I would love to spoil you all with plays of Tolbert being a “dog” on the field to get you all excited about the season, here was my favorite nugget I found on Tolbert. According to Tolbert, in an interview on 105.4 The FAN, his idol was WR , who he will face in Week 1.

While they are two different players, if Tolbert can channel at least one ounce of Jones' talent and train with him during the offseason in the future, the sky is the limit for this young man. (Way-too-early prediction: Tolbert finishes 2nd in receiving for the team at the end of the year.)

Jake Ferguson: The Future TE of the Dallas Cowboys.

Entering the NFL Draft, there was a lack of depth behind starting TE , and when the franchise pulled the trigger on Wisconsin TE Jake Ferguson, the common theme around the pick was, “He's a Schultz clone.”

While there is no Training Camp battle on who's starting at TE this season, Ferguson has drawn praise since OTAs on his receiving abilities, and there could be a chance we see him have a quiet, productive first year as there will be opportunities for him to get on the field.

Top Nugget from Ferguson

As mentioned, Ferguson has been drawing praise for his receiving abilities, and you can see why with this one-handed catch he made on Friday. Expect Ferguson to see the field slowly to start the year, but when he's getting those huge red zone targets for his size–well, he may be a sneaky fantasy pickup.

Matt Waletzko: The Towering Tackle.

One of my favorite picks in this year's draft, I was hyped to see what North Dakota could bring to the team. While the 6'6 giant wasn't likely to start, a developmental prospect like him was intriguing to me because you saw how big of a “mauler” he was in pass protection, but with his recent shoulder injury in Training Camp, we won't see him on the field for a while.

Top Nugget From Waletzko:

Although we can't see him, I still had to give you all a top nugget. I did a little deep diving over Waletzko on Twitter and seeing this photo comparison of him to rapper Lil Dicky made me laugh uncontrollably like a maniac at my local Starbucks.

Hopefully, Waletzko can work on dishing up some verses during his rehab for his shoulder.

DaRon Bland: A Dan Quinn Guy.

Although you could argue the starters were already set for the Cowboys at their positions, that didn't stop the franchise from drafting Fresno State . A “ Pick,” Bland was hyped over his athletic traits. While he has seen some run in camp, Bland has been making the most of his opportunities, and he could be a guy the franchise uses in rotation–but mostly on .

Top Nugget from Bland:

As mentioned, Bland will likely be a guy the team trusts in case of an emergency and could be a big-time contributor down the road. But, Bland has been making his presence known, and you can tell in this video below:

Damone Clark: A future LB starter.

Entering this year's draft, LSU LB was getting projected as a 2nd-3rd pick, but because of his medical exam that revealed he needed surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck, he fell big-time.

While most fans wouldn't love the sound of the franchise taking a risk on an injured player who won't see the field for quite some time, Clark is another low-risk, high-reward guy the front office loves betting on, and he should pay off.

Top Nugget of Clark:

As I said, Clark should be a massive steal for the franchise. By far, this was my favorite nugget I found over Clark because you can see how productive he was, and the high-quality players out there to pair with Parsons and Jabril Cox.

Be patient with Clark, Cowboy fans.

John Ridgeway: “The Vanilla Gorilla.”

If there was one thing that I hated when I watched last year's team was the constant failure to stop the run and the lack of pressure that got generated from the . I admit the defense did have its shining moments, but it was a liability you saw in their playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

To help solve that issue, the Cowboys went after Arkansas DT , and while I'm not claiming him as the savior, he sure has balled out, according to reports.

Top Nugget of Ridgeway:

While there haven't been many updates over Ridgeway, I found a rep he had at the Senior Bowl, and boy, I'm excited about him. He may not get a heavy snap count off-the-bat, but if he can create some havoc and “break some necks” (like he said after getting drafted), I hope he adds some nastiness to the .

Devin Harper: A possible special teams ace.

The Cowboys double-dipped in the draft for linebackers late with the selection of LB . Although “small” for his size to scouts, Harper's film showed he was a productive player with blazing speed.

While he may not smell the field in the LB room right away, Harper has a chance to become a coveted special teams guy. Through research over the internet and on social media, Harper's name was being talked about yet, but he's bound to make some noise soon.

Top Nugget of Harper:

Although there wasn't any recent news on him, I couldn't leave you all hanging without a nugget. So without further ado, here is my favorite play of him:

Rocky Garza Jr
Rocky Garza Jr
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