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(corrected re-post fixing the spelling on wide
receiver Jalen Moreno-Cropper's last name)

Disclaimer: The following totally based on pre-
draft evaluations by Athletic's writer Dane Brugler
& post-draft assessments by Athletic's writer Jon
Machota, the writer of this article. Actual perform-
ances during preseason as well as injury(ies) to &
performances by these & current players will ...

.... significantly impact the actual players to either
make it to the 53-man roster or make it to the prac-
tice squad (as well as going thru waivers & possi-
bly being signed by another team during the wai-
ver process for players not named to the 53-man
roster):

May 2 2023
https://theathletic.com/4479851/2023/05/02/cowboys-undrafted-free-agents-ranking/

~~~

1 - OG T.J. Bass, Oregon: Dane Brugler projected the
6-4, 317-pound Bass to go in the 5th or 6th round,
ranking him 14th among guards in this class. He
played left guard and left tackle over the last 3 sea-
sons for the Ducks.

Brugler wrote in The Beast: “He has the body thick-
ness and force behind his well-placed punch that’s
desired for interior work. Overall, Bass doesn’t have
high-level reactive athleticism to easily counter &
keep blocks centered, but he gives as good as he
gets because of his heavy hands & desire to finish.”

~~~

2 - FB Hunter Luepke, North Dakota State: The Cow-
boys really haven’t used a true fullback on the roster
under Mike McCarthy. Jamize Olawale was the last
one and that was in 2019, Jason Garrett’s final sea-
son. Nick Ralston was on the roster for 4 games in
2021 but he played only one offensive snap.

The role has largely been filled by offensive line-
men, like Connor McGovern, & tight ends, like Blake
Bell. Brugler had Luepke 21st among the running
backs in this class with a 6th-7th round grade.

~~~

3 - LB Isaiah Land, Florida A&M: It’ll be interesting
to see where the Cowboys line him up. Land was
an edge rusher in college, totaling 26 1/2 sacks over
the last 2 seasons. But at 6-3, 236, he projects as
more of a linebacker at the NFL level.

Brugler ranked him 18th among the linebackers in
this class with a 6th-round draft grade. “Land needs
to continue strengthening his body to become stout-
er for NFL front-seven play, but he has the athletic
traits to hold up in space & the rush skills to chase
the quarterback on sub-downs,” Brugler wrote.

“He is a high-end developmental prospect with ‘buy
low’ stock that has boom potential for a team willing
to invest.”

~~~

4 - DE Tyrus Wheat, Mississippi State: This is the high-
est-graded player by Brugler that the Cowboys added
after the draft. He had a 4th-round grade on Wheat,
ranking 19th among all edge rushers. Viliami Fehoko,
who Dallas drafted in the 4th round, was ranked 24th
among the edge rushers.

In 34 games with the Bulldogs, Wheat totaled 18 1/2
sacks and 27 tackles for loss.

“Wheat doesn’t have elite length or explosiveness, but
he is a physical edge setter with the front-seven ath-
leticism that will speak to different schemes,” Brugler
wrote about the 6-3, 263-pound Wheat. “With his ver-
satile skill set and motor, his best NFL fit is standing
up as outside linebacker in a 3-4 base.”

~~~

5 - OT Earl Bostick Jr., Kansas: He would possibly have
to beat out [5th round draft pick OG] Asim Richards to
make the roster. ... Brugler had Richards ranked as the
14th best tackle in the class. He had Bostick at 17th
with a 6th-7th round grade. Over the last 2 seasons,
Bostick started 25 games, all at left tackle.

“Bostick moves with the slide quickness & athletic
body control expected of a former tight end, but play
strength & timing aren’t currently on an NFL level, es-
pecially in the run game,” Brugler wrote. “He has the
developmental tools that will give an NFL team opti-
mism.”

~~~

6 - DE Durrell Johnson, Liberty: The 6-3, 250-pound
Johnson was one of the Cowboys’ pre-draft visitors,
so this addition isn’t a surprise. He was not projec-
ted to get drafted. He had nine sacks & 27 1/2 tac-
kles for loss last season.

~~~

7 - CB Myles Brooks, Louisiana Tech: Brugler had a
6th-7th round grade on him, ranking 32nd among all
cornerbacks. Eric Scott Jr, who the Cowboys drafted
after trading into the top spot in the sixth round, was
ranked 60th among all corners. Scott is a little taller
& has longer arms.

Brooks had 7 interceptions & 22 passes defended in
24 games over the last 2 seasons.

~~~

8 - WR Jalen Moreno-Cropper, Fresno State: He’s the
highest ranked (31st, according to Brugler) of the 4
wide receivers on this list. At 5-11, 172, he projects
as an NFL slot wide receiver. It’s probably going to
be difficult for any of these wide receivers to win
that final roster spot over some other bubble WRs ...

.... like Houston, Simi Fehoko, Dontario Drummond,
& 7th-round pick Jalen Brooks. [see following post
about Moreno-Cropper for a more optimistic & thor-
ough analysis of his talents & the full list of the re-
ceivers Moreno-Cropper is competing against:
https://groups.google.com/g/alt.sports.football.pro.dallas-cowboys/c/HGHW-omvNL0/m/cbv_bwjIBAAJ ]

~~~

9 - WR David Durden, West Florida: He was No. 33
on Brugler’s list of wide receivers in this class. “Dur-
den will need to prove he can match up vs NFL speed
& strength, but he has the athletic profile & instincts
(as a receiver and ball carrier) to earn an NFL roster
spot in camp,” Brugler wrote.

“His value on special teams (as a return man & gunner)
could give the edge.”

~~~

10 - TE Princeton Fant, Tennessee: Brugler’s 28th ranked
tight end is undersized, but he scored 9 touchdowns last
season. “Fant is strength- and technique-deficient as a
blocker,” Brugler wrote about the cousin of Seahawks TE
Noah Fant, “but his athletic upside as a utility H-back &
special teamer will be his ticket to an NFL camp.”

~~~

11 - CB D’Angelo Mandell, BYU: The 6-2, 189-pound Man-
dell played in 53 games during his college career, break-
ing up 4 passes with no interceptions.

~~~

12 - WR Jose Barbon, Temple: He caught 72 passes for
918 yards & 2 touchdowns last season. The 5-10, 182-
pound Barbon clocked a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash.

~~~

13 - WR/TE John Stephens Jr., Louisiana: He has excel-
lent size at 6-5, 232 pounds, making a move to tight end
a possibility. He caught 14 passes last season for 284
yards & 3 touchdowns.

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 by: observer - Tue, 9 May 2023 03:56 UTC

Follow-up:

2 articles choosing 3 defensive players &
3 offensive players who these articles sur-
mise may make the team (of course, goes
without saying that's far too many but hey,
it's early in the off-season, so here goes):

1st, 3 defensive 'steals' maybe (per Marcus
Mosher & Landon McCool) from a video at
https://www.kcentv.com/video/sports/locked-on/lo-dallas/cowboys-show/undrafted-free-agent-steal-for-dallas-cowboys/535-50e44a58-1926-4be0-938a-ec87b5263838

DE Tyrus Wheat (#4 on the post below), they
project him making the practice squad

DE Isaiah Land (#3 on the post below), needs
to add 7 to 10 pounds & would be used strictly
as a pass rusher, they say 2023 is a redshirt
year

CB Myles Brooks (#7 on the post below), a
lot of negative views but mostly based on him
having a bad game vs Clemson, also doubts he
has special teams ability, but otherwise, posi-
tives but questions about effort

Odd that it seems they weren't all that positive
about those defensive players.

3 Undrafted Free Agents
Who Could Fit On Offense
https://www.dallascowboys.com/news/3-undrafted-free-agents-who-could-fit-on-offense

FB Hunter Luepke (#2 on the post below), moves
very well without the ball in his hands & takes the
right angle to blocks in space. His footwork & upper
body strength will translate well. He'll have to sharpen
his routes & improve his yards after the catch ... if he
hopes to make the 53-man roster ... .

OG T.J. Bass (#1 on the post below), he showcased
a "team-first" attitude & high motor. Finishing blocks
was no problem ... as he continuously looks for work
& wants to punish defenders when making contact.
Bass struggled at times against the more polished &
aggressive edge rushers, like the ones he faced vs ...

.... Georgia, but with his mindset & grit, adding to the
offensive line depth could certainly be a possibility.

WR Jalen Moreno-Cropper (#8 on the post below), a
play-tempo & route-running ability that could make
things interesting. ... Most of his limitations come
from a lack of size (5-foot-11, 172 pounds).

He struggles to high point the ball when fighting thru
contact or working into traffic. Despite that, his 4.40
40-yard dash still put him in the conversation to be
taken on day three, instead Dallas secured his rights
following the draft. Adding a speed & shifty skillset
that few pass catchers on the roster have.

On Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at 11:49:28 AM UTC-5, observer wrote:

..> (corrected re-post fixing the spelling on wide
..> receiver Jalen Moreno-Cropper's last name)
..>
..> Disclaimer: The following totally based on pre-
..> draft evaluations by Athletic's writer Dane Brugler
..> & post-draft assessments by Athletic's writer Jon
..> Machota, the writer of this article. Actual perform-
..> ances during preseason as well as injury(ies) to &
..> performances by these & current players will ...
..>
..> ... significantly impact the actual players to either
..> make it to the 53-man roster or make it to the prac-
..> tice squad (as well as going thru waivers & possi-
..> bly being signed by another team during the wai-
..> ver process for players not named to the 53-man
..> roster):
..>
..> May 2 2023
..> https://theathletic.com/4479851/2023/05/02/cowboys-undrafted-free-agents-ranking/
..>
..> ~~~
..>
..> 1 - OG T.J. Bass, Oregon: Dane Brugler projected the
..> 6-4, 317-pound Bass to go in the 5th or 6th round,
..> ranking him 14th among guards in this class. He
..> played left guard and left tackle over the last 3 sea-
..> sons for the Ducks.
..>
..> Brugler wrote in The Beast: “He has the body thick-
..> ness and force behind his well-placed punch that’s
..> desired for interior work. Overall, Bass doesn’t have
..> high-level reactive athleticism to easily counter &
..> keep blocks centered, but he gives as good as he
..> gets because of his heavy hands & desire to finish.”
..>
..> ~~~
..>
..> 2 - FB Hunter Luepke, North Dakota State: The Cow-
..> boys really haven’t used a true fullback on the roster
..> under Mike McCarthy. Jamize Olawale was the last
..> one and that was in 2019, Jason Garrett’s final sea-
..> son. Nick Ralston was on the roster for 4 games in
..> 2021 but he played only one offensive snap.
..>
..> The role has largely been filled by offensive line-
..> men, like Connor McGovern, & tight ends, like Blake
..> Bell. Brugler had Luepke 21st among the running
..> backs in this class with a 6th-7th round grade.
..>
..> ~~~
..>
..> 3 - LB Isaiah Land, Florida A&M: It’ll be interesting
..> to see where the Cowboys line him up. Land was
..> an edge rusher in college, totaling 26 1/2 sacks over
..> the last 2 seasons. But at 6-3, 236, he projects as
..> more of a linebacker at the NFL level.
..>
..> Brugler ranked him 18th among the linebackers in
..> this class with a 6th-round draft grade. “Land needs
..> to continue strengthening his body to become stout-
..> er for NFL front-seven play, but he has the athletic
..> traits to hold up in space & the rush skills to chase
..> the quarterback on sub-downs,” Brugler wrote.
..>
..> “He is a high-end developmental prospect with ‘buy
..> low’ stock that has boom potential for a team willing
..> to invest.”
..>
..> ~~~
..>
..> 4 - DE Tyrus Wheat, Mississippi State: This is the high-
..> est-graded player by Brugler that the Cowboys added
..> after the draft. He had a 4th-round grade on Wheat,
..> ranking 19th among all edge rushers. Viliami Fehoko,
..> who Dallas drafted in the 4th round, was ranked 24th
..> among the edge rushers.
..>
..> In 34 games with the Bulldogs, Wheat totaled 18 1/2
..> sacks and 27 tackles for loss.
..>
..> “Wheat doesn’t have elite length or explosiveness, but
..> he is a physical edge setter with the front-seven ath-
..> leticism that will speak to different schemes,” Brugler
..> wrote about the 6-3, 263-pound Wheat. “With his ver-
..> satile skill set and motor, his best NFL fit is standing
..> up as outside linebacker in a 3-4 base.”
..>
..> ~~~
..>
..> 5 - OT Earl Bostick Jr., Kansas: He would possibly have
..> to beat out [5th round draft pick OG] Asim Richards to
..> make the roster. ... Brugler had Richards ranked as the
..> 14th best tackle in the class. He had Bostick at 17th
..> with a 6th-7th round grade. Over the last 2 seasons,
..> Bostick started 25 games, all at left tackle.
..>
..> “Bostick moves with the slide quickness & athletic
..> body control expected of a former tight end, but play
..> strength & timing aren’t currently on an NFL level, es-
..> pecially in the run game,” Brugler wrote. “He has the
..> developmental tools that will give an NFL team opti-
..> mism.”
..>
..> ~~~
..>
..> 6 - DE Durrell Johnson, Liberty: The 6-3, 250-pound
..> Johnson was one of the Cowboys’ pre-draft visitors,
..> so this addition isn’t a surprise. He was not projec-
..> ted to get drafted. He had nine sacks & 27 1/2 tac-
..> kles for loss last season.
..>
..> ~~~
..>
..> 7 - CB Myles Brooks, Louisiana Tech: Brugler had a
..> 6th-7th round grade on him, ranking 32nd among all
..> cornerbacks. Eric Scott Jr, who the Cowboys drafted
..> after trading into the top spot in the sixth round, was
..> ranked 60th among all corners. Scott is a little taller
..> & has longer arms.
..>
..> Brooks had 7 interceptions & 22 passes defended in
..> 24 games over the last 2 seasons.
..>
..> ~~~
..>
..> 8 - WR Jalen Moreno-Cropper, Fresno State: He’s the
..> highest ranked (31st, according to Brugler) of the 4
..> wide receivers on this list. At 5-11, 172, he projects
..> as an NFL slot wide receiver. It’s probably going to
..> be difficult for any of these wide receivers to win
..> that final roster spot over some other bubble WRs ...
..>
..> ... like Houston, Simi Fehoko, Dontario Drummond,
..> & 7th-round pick Jalen Brooks. [see following post
..> about Moreno-Cropper for a more optimistic & thor-
..> ough analysis of his talents & the full list of the re-
..> ceivers Moreno-Cropper is competing against:
..> https://groups.google.com/g/alt.sports.football.pro.dallas-cowboys/c/HGHW-omvNL0/m/cbv_bwjIBAAJ ]
..>
..> ~~~
..>
..> 9 - WR David Durden, West Florida: He was No. 33
..> on Brugler’s list of wide receivers in this class. “Dur-
..> den will need to prove he can match up vs NFL speed
..> & strength, but he has the athletic profile & instincts
..> (as a receiver and ball carrier) to earn an NFL roster
..> spot in camp,” Brugler wrote.
..>
..> “His value on special teams (as a return man & gunner)
..> could give the edge.”
..>
..> ~~~
..>
..> 10 - TE Princeton Fant, Tennessee: Brugler’s 28th ranked
..> tight end is undersized, but he scored 9 touchdowns last
..> season. “Fant is strength- and technique-deficient as a
..> blocker,” Brugler wrote about the cousin of Seahawks TE
..> Noah Fant, “but his athletic upside as a utility H-back &
..> special teamer will be his ticket to an NFL camp.”
..>
..> ~~~
..>
..> 11 - CB D’Angelo Mandell, BYU: The 6-2, 189-pound Man-
..> dell played in 53 games during his college career, break-
..> ing up 4 passes with no interceptions.
..>
..> ~~~
..>
..> 12 - WR Jose Barbon, Temple: He caught 72 passes for
..> 918 yards & 2 touchdowns last season. The 5-10, 182-
..> pound Barbon clocked a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash.
..>
..> ~~~
..>
..> 13 - WR/TE John Stephens Jr., Louisiana: He has excel-
..> lent size at 6-5, 232 pounds, making a move to tight end
..> a possibility. He caught 14 passes last season for 284
..> yards & 3 touchdowns.
..>
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Follow-up 2:

Isaiah Land props inserted in appropriate
locales in 2 previous posts in this thread:

---
May 22 2023

Dan Quinn gushing over LB Isaiah Land
signing will get Cowboys fans excited
https://thelandryhat.com/posts/dan-quinn-praises-udfa-signing-isaiah-land-excite-cowboys-fans
---

On Monday, May 8, 2023 at 10:57:00 PM UTC-5, observer wrote:

..> Follow-up:
..>
..> 2 articles choosing 3 defensive players &
..> 3 offensive players who these articles sur-
..> mise may make the team (of course, goes
..> without saying that's far too many but hey,
..> it's early in the off-season, so here goes):
..>
..> 1st, 3 defensive 'steals' maybe (per Marcus
..> Mosher & Landon McCool) from a video at
..> https://www.kcentv.com/video/sports/locked-on/lo-dallas/cowboys-show/undrafted-free-agent-steal-for-dallas-cowboys/535-50e44a58-1926-4be0-938a-ec87b5263838
..>
..> DE Tyrus Wheat (#4 on the post below), they
..> project him making the practice squad
..>
..> DE Isaiah Land (#3 on the post below), needs
..> to add 7 to 10 pounds & would be used strictly
..> as a pass rusher, they say 2023 is a redshirt
..> year

https://thelandryhat.com/posts/dan-quinn-praises-udfa-signing-isaiah-land-excite-cowboys-fans

.... Perhaps the most exciting defensive signing
is former Florida A&M linebacker Isaiah Land.
.... he has a huge fan in Dan Quinn. ...

..>
..> CB Myles Brooks (#7 on the post below), a
..> lot of negative views but mostly based on him
..> having a bad game vs Clemson, also doubts he
..> has special teams ability, but otherwise, posi-
..> tives but questions about effort
..>
..> Odd that it seems they weren't all that positive
..> about those defensive players.
..>
..> 3 Undrafted Free Agents
..> Who Could Fit On Offense
..> https://www.dallascowboys.com/news/3-undrafted-free-agents-who-could-fit-on-offense
..>
..> FB Hunter Luepke (#2 on the post below), moves
..> very well without the ball in his hands & takes the
..> right angle to blocks in space. His footwork & upper
..> body strength will translate well. He'll have to sharpen
..> his routes & improve his yards after the catch ... if he
..> hopes to make the 53-man roster ... .
..>
..> OG T.J. Bass (#1 on the post below), he showcased
..> a "team-first" attitude & high motor. Finishing blocks
..> was no problem ... as he continuously looks for work
..> & wants to punish defenders when making contact.
..> Bass struggled at times against the more polished &
..> aggressive edge rushers, like the ones he faced vs ...
..>
..> ... Georgia, but with his mindset & grit, adding to the
..> offensive line depth could certainly be a possibility.
..>
..> WR Jalen Moreno-Cropper (#8 on the post below), a
..> play-tempo & route-running ability that could make
..> things interesting. ... Most of his limitations come
..> from a lack of size (5-foot-11, 172 pounds).
..>
..> He struggles to high point the ball when fighting thru
..> contact or working into traffic. Despite that, his 4.40
..> 40-yard dash still put him in the conversation to be
..> taken on day three, instead Dallas secured his rights
..> following the draft. Adding a speed & shifty skillset
..> that few pass catchers on the roster have.
> On Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at 11:49:28 AM UTC-5, observer wrote:
/> .> (corrected re-post fixing the spelling on wide
/> .> receiver Jalen Moreno-Cropper's last name)
/> .>
/> .> Disclaimer: The following totally based on pre-
/> .> draft evaluations by Athletic's writer Dane Brugler
/> .> & post-draft assessments by Athletic's writer Jon
/> .> Machota, the writer of this article. Actual perform-
/> .> ances during preseason as well as injury(ies) to &
/> .> performances by these & current players will ...
/> .>
/> .> ... significantly impact the actual players to either
/> .> make it to the 53-man roster or make it to the prac-
/> .> tice squad (as well as going thru waivers & possi-
/> .> bly being signed by another team during the wai-
/> .> ver process for players not named to the 53-man
/> .> roster):
/> .>
/> .> May 2 2023
/> .> https://theathletic.com/4479851/2023/05/02/cowboys-undrafted-free-agents-ranking/
/> .>
/> .> ~~~
/> .>
/> .> 1 - OG T.J. Bass, Oregon: Dane Brugler projected the
/> .> 6-4, 317-pound Bass to go in the 5th or 6th round,
/> .> ranking him 14th among guards in this class. He
/> .> played left guard and left tackle over the last 3 sea-
/> .> sons for the Ducks.
/> .>
/> .> Brugler wrote in The Beast: “He has the body thick-
/> .> ness and force behind his well-placed punch that’s
/> .> desired for interior work. Overall, Bass doesn’t have
/> .> high-level reactive athleticism to easily counter &
/> .> keep blocks centered, but he gives as good as he
/> .> gets because of his heavy hands & desire to finish.”
/> .>
/> .> ~~~
/> .>
/> .> 2 - FB Hunter Luepke, North Dakota State: The Cow-
/> .> boys really haven’t used a true fullback on the roster
/> .> under Mike McCarthy. Jamize Olawale was the last
/> .> one and that was in 2019, Jason Garrett’s final sea-
/> .> son. Nick Ralston was on the roster for 4 games in
/> .> 2021 but he played only one offensive snap.
/> .>
/> .> The role has largely been filled by offensive line-
/> .> men, like Connor McGovern, & tight ends, like Blake
/> .> Bell. Brugler had Luepke 21st among the running
/> .> backs in this class with a 6th-7th round grade.
/> .>
/> .> ~~~
/> .>
/> .> 3 - LB Isaiah Land, Florida A&M: It’ll be interesting
/> .> to see where the Cowboys line him up. Land was
/> .> an edge rusher in college, totaling 26 1/2 sacks over
/> .> the last 2 seasons. But at 6-3, 236, he projects as
/> .> more of a linebacker at the NFL level.
/> .>
/> .> Brugler ranked him 18th among the linebackers in
/> .> this class with a 6th-round draft grade. “Land needs
/> .> to continue strengthening his body to become stout-
/> .> er for NFL front-seven play, but he has the athletic
/> .> traits to hold up in space & the rush skills to chase
/> .> the quarterback on sub-downs,” Brugler wrote.
/> .>
/> .> “He is a high-end developmental prospect with ‘buy
/> .> low’ stock that has boom potential for a team willing
/> .> to invest.”

https://thelandryhat.com/posts/dan-quinn-praises-udfa-signing-isaiah-land-excite-cowboys-fans

.... Land bursted onto the draft scene dur-
ing the 2021 campaign when he led the
country with 19 sacks & 25.5 tackles for
loss. The outside linebacker fittingly was
given the 2021 Buck Buchanan Award as
the FCS' premier defensive player. ...

.... Land's upside ostensibly is as an edge
rusher and part-time linebacker who flies
sideline-to-sideline tackling ball-carriers,
akin to Micah Parsons. Time will tell, ...

.... but Quinn's quotes on the Florida A&M
product should have Cowboys fans excit-
ed about what's to come.

/> .>
/> .> ~~~
/> .>
/> .> 4 - DE Tyrus Wheat, Mississippi State: This is the high-
/> .> est-graded player by Brugler that the Cowboys added
/> .> after the draft. He had a 4th-round grade on Wheat,
/> .> ranking 19th among all edge rushers. Viliami Fehoko,
/> .> who Dallas drafted in the 4th round, was ranked 24th
/> .> among the edge rushers.
/> .>
/> .> In 34 games with the Bulldogs, Wheat totaled 18 1/2
/> .> sacks and 27 tackles for loss.
/> .>
/> .> “Wheat doesn’t have elite length or explosiveness, but
/> .> he is a physical edge setter with the front-seven ath-
/> .> leticism that will speak to different schemes,” Brugler
/> .> wrote about the 6-3, 263-pound Wheat. “With his ver-
/> .> satile skill set and motor, his best NFL fit is standing
/> .> up as outside linebacker in a 3-4 base.”
/> .>
/> .> ~~~
/> .>
/> .> 5 - OT Earl Bostick Jr., Kansas: He would possibly have
/> .> to beat out [5th round draft pick OG] Asim Richards to
/> .> make the roster. ... Brugler had Richards ranked as the
/> .> 14th best tackle in the class. He had Bostick at 17th
/> .> with a 6th-7th round grade. Over the last 2 seasons,
/> .> Bostick started 25 games, all at left tackle.
/> .>
/> .> “Bostick moves with the slide quickness & athletic
/> .> body control expected of a former tight end, but play
/> .> strength & timing aren’t currently on an NFL level, es-
/> .> pecially in the run game,” Brugler wrote. “He has the
/> .> developmental tools that will give an NFL team opti-
/> .> mism.”
/> .>
/> .> ~~~
/> .>
/> .> 6 - DE Durrell Johnson, Liberty: The 6-3, 250-pound
/> .> Johnson was one of the Cowboys’ pre-draft visitors,
/> .> so this addition isn’t a surprise. He was not projec-
/> .> ted to get drafted. He had nine sacks & 27 1/2 tac-
/> .> kles for loss last season.
/> .>
/> .> ~~~
/> .>
/> .> 7 - CB Myles Brooks, Louisiana Tech: Brugler had a
/> .> 6th-7th round grade on him, ranking 32nd among all
/> .> cornerbacks. Eric Scott Jr, who the Cowboys drafted
/> .> after trading into the top spot in the sixth round, was
/> .> ranked 60th among all corners. Scott is a little taller
/> .> & has longer arms.
/> .>
/> .> Brooks had 7 interceptions & 22 passes defended in
/> .> 24 games over the last 2 seasons.
/> .>
/> .> ~~~
/> .>
/> .> 8 - WR Jalen Moreno-Cropper, Fresno State: He’s the
/> .> highest ranked (31st, according to Brugler) of the 4
/> .> wide receivers on this list. At 5-11, 172, he projects
/> .> as an NFL slot wide receiver. It’s probably going to
/> .> be difficult for any of these wide receivers to win
/> .> that final roster spot over some other bubble WRs ...
/> .>
/> .> ... like Houston, Simi Fehoko, Dontario Drummond,
/> .> & 7th-round pick Jalen Brooks. [see following post
/> .> about Moreno-Cropper for a more optimistic & thor-
/> .> ough analysis of his talents & the full list of the re-
/> .> ceivers Moreno-Cropper is competing against:
/> .> https://groups.google.com/g/alt.sports.football.pro.dallas-cowboys/c/HGHW-omvNL0/m/cbv_bwjIBAAJ ]
/> .>
/> .> ~~~
/> .>
/> .> 9 - WR David Durden, West Florida: He was No. 33
/> .> on Brugler’s list of wide receivers in this class. “Dur-
/> .> den will need to prove he can match up vs NFL speed
/> .> & strength, but he has the athletic profile & instincts
/> .> (as a receiver and ball carrier) to earn an NFL roster
/> .> spot in camp,” Brugler wrote.
/> .>
/> .> “His value on special teams (as a return man & gunner)
/> .> could give the edge.”
/> .>
/> .> ~~~
/> .>
/> .> 10 - TE Princeton Fant, Tennessee: Brugler’s 28th ranked
/> .> tight end is undersized, but he scored 9 touchdowns last
/> .> season. “Fant is strength- and technique-deficient as a
/> .> blocker,” Brugler wrote about the cousin of Seahawks TE
/> .> Noah Fant, “but his athletic upside as a utility H-back &
/> .> special teamer will be his ticket to an NFL camp.”
/> .>
/> .> ~~~
/> .>
/> .> 11 - CB D’Angelo Mandell, BYU: The 6-2, 189-pound Man-
/> .> dell played in 53 games during his college career, break-
/> .> ing up 4 passes with no interceptions.
/> .>
/> .> ~~~
/> .>
/> .> 12 - WR Jose Barbon, Temple: He caught 72 passes for
/> .> 918 yards & 2 touchdowns last season. The 5-10, 182-
/> .> pound Barbon clocked a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash.
/> .>
/> .> ~~~
/> .>
/> .> 13 - WR/TE John Stephens Jr., Louisiana: He has excel-
/> .> lent size at 6-5, 232 pounds, making a move to tight end
/> .> a possibility. He caught 14 passes last season for 284
/> .> yards & 3 touchdowns.
/> .>
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