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Scouting the Cowboys two newest signees

J.J. Horne, LB

Position: OLB
Class: Sr
School: Pittsburgh
Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 230
40 Time: 4.62

BIO: Posted 52/4.5/1 as a senior when he became a full-time starter. Also intercepted two passes and broke up four more.

POSITIVES: Converted defensive back starting to hit his stride at linebacker. Alert, showed improved instincts last season and was constantly around the action. Fast to the flanks and covers a lot of area in pass coverage. Fires up the field in run defense and wraps up tackling.

NEGATIVES: Lacks playing strength and can be blocked from the action by opposing tight ends or fullbacks.

ANALYSIS: A prospect with a good degree of upside potential, Horne is a solid developmental player for the weak side linebacker position.

PROJECTION: Late Seventh Round

Quincy Butler, CB

Position: CB
Class: Sr
School: TCU
Ht., Wt.: 6-0.5, 190
40 Time: 4.55

BIO: Junior college transfer who immediately moved into the starting lineup at TCU. All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling 53/5/8.

POSITIVES: Athletic defensive back with solid ball skills. Effective facing the quarterback and quick breaking to the throw. Fluid flipping his hips and loses nothing in transition turning to run with receivers. Aggressive, supports the run and works well with safeties. Effective pedaling in reverse and quickly gets his head back around, finding the ball.

NEGATIVES: Quick out of his backpedal and prefers to side shuffle. Lacks the great recovery speed. Does not display a decisive move to the ball and gives up positioning to opponents.

ANALYSIS: A zone cornerback with potential at safety, Butler has displayed progress the past two seasons and is a solid developmental prospect.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent