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Top 5 Undrafted Free Agents in Dallas Cowboys History

It's easy to forget some of the undrafted who have passed through the organization over the years. We are briefly reminded of it after the completion of each , but today I thought I'd shine a spotlight a little more brightly on these players.

Today, I thought I'd share with you who I believe are the Dallas Cowboys Top 5 best undrafted free agents in the of the organization. My may not match yours perfectly, but that's what the comment section is for at the end of the article. We can debate who you believe should rank higher or lower there.

Let's get started…

Top 5 Dallas Cowboys UDFAs

Mark Tuinei
Dallas Cowboys OL Mark Tuinei

#5 – OL, Mark Tuinei (1983-1997)

The “Gentle Giant”, Mark Tuinei signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an defensive to back up . In 1985 he made the switch to the offensive side of the ball because the Cowboys needed help. He eventually became a mainstay at , protecting 's blindside and paving the way for in the . The two-time Pro Bowler may have been a little overshadowed during his 12 years as a starter, but he was highly regarded for his toughness and good nature.

Everson Walls
Dallas Cowboys CB

#4 – CB, Everson Walls (1981-1989)

The Dallas Cowboys signed Everson Walls as an undrafted out of Grambling State University in 1981. Many scouts believed he was too slow (4.72 40-yard dash), but the Cowboys gambled anyway. He immediately contributed as a rookie and became the starter by the fifth game of the season. He led the league in interceptions three different seasons (1981, 1982, 1985). He and Ed Reed are the only two players in history to accomplish this feat. He was also a four-time Pro Bowler, three-time first-team All-Pro, and champion.

Cliff Harris
Dallas Cowboys S

#3 – S, Cliff Harris (1970-1979)

Nicknamed “Captain Crash”, Cliff Harris was a force at for the Dallas Cowboys for 10 seasons. Harris was an immediate contributor at in 1970 and had at least two interceptions in each season. He appeared in five Super Bowl's – winning two – and made the six times and was named a first-team All-Pro three times.

Drew Pearson
Dallas Cowboys WR

#2 – WR, Drew Pearson (1973-1983)

The Dallas Cowboys signed Drew Pearson as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Tulsa mostly due to his play, however, they quickly learned of his value as a . He became a first-team All-Pro in just his second year and twice more in 1976 and 1977. He was also a three-time Pro-Bowler and Super Bowl champion.

Tony Romo
Dallas Cowboys QB

#1 – QB, Tony Romo (2003-2016)

Tony Romo is considered by many as one of the best undrafted free agents of all time, not just one of the Dallas Cowboys'. Romo went from going undrafted to the Cowboys starting QB in just a little over three years. The four-time Pro Bowler was a big reason for Dallas' success for over a decade and his stats rival any other QB in the history of the game.

Honorable Mention

  • (1983-1997)
  • Cornell Green (1962-1974)
  • Michael Downs (1981-1988)
  • Mike Gaechter (1962-1969)
  • (2011-2017)

A serious case could be made for just about any one of these players sneaking into the Dallas Cowboys Top 5 all-time undrafted free agent signings. Cornell Green and Michael Downs are tied fifth all-time in interceptions with the Cowboys. Mike Gaechfer played both CB and S for the Cowboys in the early 1960s and has the 13th most INT's in team history. Dan Bailey was the league's most accurate during his time with the Cowboys. And, Bill Bates' led the NFL to create a special teams category in the Pro Bowl, not to mention he spent 15 years in silver and blue.

How would your Top 5 Dallas Cowboys undrafted free agents rank?

Brian Martin
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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