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Undrafted WR Jon’Vea Johnson Turning Heads at Cowboys OTAs

Former Toledo didn't receive an invite to the or hear his name called in any of the seven rounds at this year's , but that doesn't mean he doesn't possess the talent to make someone's roster in the league. After with the as an , he's hoping he's found that team and his forever home.

The journey for Jon'Vea Johnson to earn one of those coveted final spots with the Dallas Cowboys is going to be a long one. This year's roster is deep from top to bottom, which means making it as an undrafted is going to be extremely difficult. But, luckily for him he is already starting to turn a few heads at the Cowboys .

Here's what Cowboys Wide Receiver Coach recently had to say about Jon'Vea:

“Not a surprise, because we loved his film, but Jon'Vea the last two days, his speed and athleticism and how smooth he is has shown up here – almost a little bit earlier than we thought it would. Because we think he's going to process. Most young guys are thinking a lot, but he's done a good job of learning his plays and coming out and showing what he can do.”

Considering coaches typically try their hardest not to single out any one player in these OTA practices, that's pretty high praise from Sanjay Lal.

It's important to remember the Dallas Cowboys had Jon'Vea Johnson in as one of their 30 pre-draft visitors, so you know they had a draftable grade on him already. Getting him as an undrafted free agent probably felt like a win for them, and more so now that he's off to a good start.

Johnson actually has a few things going for him that may set him apart from other WRs currently on the Cowboys roster. He has the versatility to play on the outside or in the slot, but it's his speed that really makes him stand out from the rest.

At his , Jon'Vea ran an unofficial 4.38 40-yard dash. That would've ranked among the best to run the 40 at this year's Combine. But that's not all… he tested pretty well in other areas as well: 35″ vertical and a 10'8″ broad jump. Not bad for a 5'10”, 190 pound undrafted wide receiver.

As good as all of this sounds, Johnson still has a long ways to go in order to lock down a roster spot. The Cowboys have some pretty talented WRs on the roster and he's going to have to clearly outperform quite a few of them to earn his way onto the final 53-man roster. But, it's encouraging he's already off to a good start.

We've seen players stand out in these kind of unpadded practices before, so I'd probably hold off on anointing him just yet. For his sake though, it's always a good thing to catch the eye of your coaches in a positive way.

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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The Boys need a backup slot who can learn for a season ,then take over full time in 2020. The UDF market seems much deeper this year as many teams seem more excited about UDF players than late picks .


I am not sure Cobb can make it through this season without missing a lot of games. Cedric Wilson can do the slot and throw TD passes too. I think he threw 6 or 7 TD passes at BSU. Austin will have trouble making the roster due to his almost always being injured.

Keith Schoose

I hope he makes the team. Speed is an essential trait.

Ahad, Holy Dabir of Aleppo

When you realize that the Cowboys could’ve had Riley Ridley without trading up or down, this just looks like meh

Ahad, Holy Dabir of Aleppo

When you realize that the Cowboys could’ve had Riley Ridley without trading up or down, this just looks like meh

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