2014 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Undrafted Free Agent Signings Tracker

Dan Bailey (5). From UDFA in 2011 to $22.5 million, six-year contract. - Ronald Martinez

As the draft winds down, the next stage of talent acquisition gets into high gear, as teams start to chase down the remaining players they had draftable grades on.

The Cowboys had a league-high five undrafted free agents on their roster starting games in 2013: Tony Romo, Miles Austin, Barry Church, Ronald Leary and Jeff Heath all went undrafted and took a sometimes circuitous route to the NFL. Here's a tweet (that we like to show around at this time of the year) from Andrew Brandt, who recounts an experience he had while working for the Packers in 2003:

The Cowboys ended up signing Romo, and while that was a highlight UDFA signing, it certainly wasn't the only one for the Cowboys, who have excelled at finding undrafted free agents, and have added Dan Bailey, Phillip Tanner, Chris Jones, Ben Bass, Cole Beasley, Cam Lawrence, Leary, and Heath over the last three years.

And one of the reasons for the Cowboys success with UDFAs is that Chris Hall, director of college scouting for the Cowboys and the guy with the long hair on the bottom right of the warroom camera over the last three days, doesn’t allow scouts to "come off grade". If they have a grade on a guy before the draft, they have to stick with it after the draft. Which means that after the draft, they try and sign every guy still left on their draft board, as they feel those players effectively amount to extra draft picks.

And that's why we also make a point of tracking these UDFA signings. Full disclaimer here before you go any further, tracking and confirming actual signings of undrafted free agents can be tricky. The sources of these transactions come from all over, Twitter included, and sometimes they are not 100% reliable. So, with that in mind, below is a list of players who have been reported to have signed with your Dallas Cowboys. [Update: All 24 names on this list have since been confirmed]


Rank Player POS School Source Confirmed by
174 L'Damian Washington WR Missouri Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
218 J.C. Copeland* FB LSU Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
331 Cody Mandell P Alabama Instagram ESPNDallas, DMN
369 Dustin Vaughan QB West Texas A&M NEPatriotsDraft.com ESPNDallas, DMN
372 Chris Whaley* DT Texas Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
383 Brian Clarke OG Bloomsburg Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
422 Jordan Najvar TE Baylor Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
436 Davon Coleman* DT Arizona State Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
462 Dashaun Phillips* CB Tarleton State Twitter Empire-Tribune, ESPNDallas
496 Dontavis Sapp LB Tennessee Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
512 Casey Kreiter LS Iowa Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
516 Chris Boyd WR Vanderbilt Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
637 Ben Malena* RB Texas A&M Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
786 Ryan Smith S Auburn Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
799 Keith Smith ILB San Jose State Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
836 Ronald Patrick OG South Carolina Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
850 Jerrod Pughsley OT Akron Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
854 Glasco Martin RB Baylor Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
941 Evan Wilson TE Illinos Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
968 Marvin Robinson FS Ferris State Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
- - Jocquel Skinner CB Bethel Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
- - Josh Aladenoye OT Illinois State Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
- - Joe Windsor DE Northern Illinois Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
- - Andre Cureton OG Cincinnati Twitter ESPNDallas, DMN
Mini-camp invite
446 Caleb Lavey ILB Oklahoma State Twitter
554 Kaneakua Friel TE BYU Twitter
696 Josh Harris RB Wake Forest Twitter
718 Eddie Lackey OLB Baylor Twitter
719 Maurice Couch DT Tennessee Twitter
754 Lee Kurfis WR Lehigh Twitter
952 Robert Armstrong WR Texas A&M-Kingsville Twitter
- - Brandon McCladdie CB Citadel Twitter
- - Jyruss Edwards RB Louisiana Monroe Twitter
- - Aaron Foster DB Bowling Green Twitter
- - Kolton Browning QB Louisiana Monroe Twitter

'Rank' is per the CBSSports big board
(*) denotes players who had a pre-draft visit or workout with the Cowboys

Hat tip to Sean Sullivan (@thereal7footer) for the help in compiling these names.

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