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5/02/2006

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Cowboys Sign Undrafted Free Agent Rookies

Here's the latest rookie free agent signings, these undrafted rookies will get their opportunity to make a name for themselves at the Cowboys Rookie Mini-Camp which will be held this weekend (May 5-7)

QB Jeff Mroz (Yale)
LB John Saldi (Texas Tech)
WR Sam Hurd (Northern Illinois)
S Darrell Brooks (Arizona)
WR Miles Austin (Monmouth)
ILB Oliver Hoyte (North Carolina State)
QB Nick Noce (Arkansas State)
OLB Kai Parham (Virginia)
OT Dennis Roland (Georgia)
CB Marcus King (Missouri)
CB Quincy Butler (TCU)
DT Steve Williams (Northwest Missouri State)
RB Demetrius Summers (South Carolina)
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My take on the 2006 draft for the DALLAS COWBOYS
By Howard Cox

I like their first pick because it gives them another solid player on the outside. Singleton will start but he has shown injury problems the last 2 seasons and Carpenter gives them size and talent to not worry about that. He gives the team another "punch" on the outside opposite last years bonus pick DeMarcus Ware. Burnett will also play into the rotation to give the defense a solid second teir of players.

As for the second round pick I am still wondering where that came from. They seem to be going to get rid of the fullback position altogether which is alright but they seemingly already had enough TE's to fill the blocking scheme. I guess another target for Bledsoe isn't a bad idea but I will have to wait and see on this one.

Round three pick I also like because it is a talented player that isn't going to be expected to start but will be able to learn and play his way into the rotation, much like Canty and Spears did last season. This is a good thing also considering he has the size to move inside in a 4 man front.

Don't let the WR beside Green's name fool you he was brought in mainly to serve as a KR for the special teams. I would be surprised to see him listed higher than 5th on the depth chart, maybe 4th but that would be about it. Thompson's got some competition on the return game and likely will lose that portion of his duties. I like this pick because nothing can spark a team more than a good return for great field position or a quick TD from special teams.

Here, IMO, is going to be the steal of the draft for the Cowboys. They have needed a good "cover" safety and Watkins could very well turn out to be just that. His size and speed should allow him to patrol the backfield and give Williams the freedom to roam up near the line, something he hasn't had since Woodson retired. Wait and see on this one, he should turn out to be a very good one.

The rest of the picks were adding depth to the respective positions. Stanley will give them another "plug" in the middle behind Ferguson. Johnson showed promise last season and Stanley is the right size to get in there and shore up the middle. McQuistan and Whitley will compete for roster spots as depth behind the starting 5 up front on offense. I like all three choices for doing just that, and you never know they just may surprise and be playing a lot of time by the middle of the season, most likely Stanley.

5/01/2006

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Our Cowboys Draft Grade

1st round OLB Bobby Carpenter - Ohio State
Carpenter WILL be the starting OLB in our 3-4 scheme. Carpenter will bring his blue collar smashmouth gridiron football skills to the field every gameday
Grade: A

2nd round TE Anthony Fasano - Notre Dame
Fasano brings a very solid addition to the TE position and will help elevate the offensive game plans. We will see a true 2 TE set. This means we have eliminated the FB position. The TEs will block, and Fasano can catch the ball, looks for contact, big and strong smashmouth TE. Good pick
Grade: B+

3rd round DE/DT Jason Hatcher - Grambling
I strongly feel fans are going to like this pick alot once the season comes on. Jerry Jones said, "Can you say Leon Lett?" This is the plan for Hatcher, he will be expected to add some mass, and he WILL contribute at DE, and DT in the 4-3 alignment. Adds instant depth.
Grade: B-

4th round PR/WR Skyler Green - LSU
Green is a true specialist, and his job will be defined as such. Green will come in as our return specialist. We may see him in some reverses and other trick plays. Good pick, and a need in the return game.
Grade: B

5th round FS Pat Watkins - Florida State
Watkins was projected to be a 1st day pick. We got some major value here, 1st day talent in the 5th round. Watkins could be a steal here. We'll see him on special teams, nickel, and will be in the thick in the FS spot.
Grade: B+

6th round NT Montavious Stanley - Louisville
We saw many of the big NT taken in the later round, and Stanley is coming from a productive defense. Stanley is ready to get going after the QB. Another solid pick for this late day pick
Grade: B+

7th round LG Pat McQuistan - Weber State
Could compete for a roster spot, I'm not sure these last two picks make the roster. Hopefully I'm wrong, but we'll see. Pat does have some impressive size, and could be a ultra sleeper pick
Grade: D

7th round C/OG EJ Whitley - Texas Tech
Could compete for a roster spot, I'm not sure these last two picks make the roster. Hopefully I'm wrong, but we'll see. Whitley was drafted due to his major versatility.
Grade: D

Final Grade: B