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David Helman believes the Cowboys did wonders during this draft by making their roster deeper than it has been in years. It should be difficult for UDFA's to make the roster.

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All Of A Sudden, This Roster Looks Deeper Than It Has In Years - David Helman, Dallas Cowboys
Officially, the Dallas Cowboys have not finalized the list of undrafted free agents they’ll sign to the roster as part of their rookie class.

Maybe that’s a naïve statement, given this team’s success developing undrafted players. Tony Romo is obviously the standard for what an undrafted player can turn into. But Miles Austin, Barry Church, Cole Beasley, Lance Dunbar, Ron Leary and Jeff Heath are other massive success stories in the last decade.

But again, perhaps my biggest impression after last weekend’s draft is that this roster all of a sudden looks as deep as it has in a long time.

2017 NFL Draft: Cowboys To Sign 14 Undrafted Free Agents - OCC, Blogging The Boys
As the draft winds down, the next stage of talent acquisition gets into high gear, and teams start to chase down the remaining players they had draftable grades on.

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 war room 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.

Drew Pearson says Roger Goodell gave OK to riling up fans- ESPN Staff
Pearson says he ran his idea to rile up Eagles fans at the draft past Roger Goodell first and said the commissioner encouraged it.

"... That's something I had mentioned backstage to the commissioner, in a jokingly type manner, that I should say that," he said on SportsCenter. "Then he agreed with me. He encouraged me to say that to rile them up even more, and I said, 'Really, OK. I'll do it.'

How Ezekiel Elliott played a role in Cowboys drafting WR and fellow Buckeye Noah Brown - Jon Machota, SportsDay
Did the Cowboys draft Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown solely because of information they got from Ezekiel Elliott?

"I don't mind telling you that the No. 1 agent for Brown was Zeke Elliott," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after the draft. "Of course, he really had a lot of neat things about Brown and he was of course there [Ohio State] with Brown two years ago. He has a high value on what Brown can potentially bring to the table."

Videos show UNC star's draft-day call - Mike Reader, Charlotte Observer
Watch North Carolina receiver Ryan Switzer reacting to his draft-day call from the Dallas Cowboys, who picked him in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL draft.

One of the obstacles that Switzer overcame on his way to the NFL was his size – Switzer only stands about 5-foot-8 or so. But the guy with the word "believe" tattooed on his inner lip didn’t let that stop him from becoming the Tar Heels’ all-time leader in receptions (244) and receiving yards (2,907).

Last season, Switzer caught 96 passes, a school record, for 1,112 yards, the third-most in UNC history.

On special teams for the Tar Heels, he tied the NCAA single-season record with five touchdowns on punt returns in 2013.

Garrett Anticipates Jaylon Smith Being Eligible To Participate In Rookie Camp - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys

Head coach Jason Garrett told reporters last Friday that he anticipates Smith being eligible to participate in this year’s rookie camp after spending last year on the Non-Football Injury list.

"My understanding is he will be allowed to be in it," Garrett said. "The discussions we’ve had over the last few days, my understanding is he’s allowed to be in it."

Five Thoughts On The Cowboys 2017 Draft - Danny Phantom, Blogging The Boys

Who’s your favorite draft pick of the Cowboys? Did the team improve enough in the secondary? I answer five questions people have about this year’s draft.

That’s a very difficult question to answer. There is different criteria that would yield different answers. If you are going by best overall value, then the answer would be Xavier Woods in the sixth round. Despite being a draft class deep in defensive backs, one doesn’t expect to land a player of Woods caliber that late in the draft. The Cowboys war room has become super disciplined when it comes to staying put and not surrendering draft capital to go after someone, but as we all saw - he was someone they had to have.

Everyone loves that selection and Woods is going to be a favorite of many, but if you are following him on twitter, you’re probably following the wrong guy.

How did Dallas Cowboys' Taco Charlton get his name? - Todd Archer, ESPN
Taco Charlton's given name is Vidaunte, but he was being called Taco before he was even born. And, yes, Taco Bell played a part in it.

"It is thanks to my mother and grandmother," Charlton said. "They gave me the name before I was born. It kind of stuck. I really didn’t have anything to do with it. Like I said, once your grandmother and your mom give you a name, there is no really running away from it."

Ed Werder shares his reaction to ESPN's massive layoffs; why he feels like Brett Favre - SportsDay Staff
Last week, ESPN laid off around 100 staffers, including longtime Cowboys reporter and former Dallas Morning News staffer Ed Werder.

"And it's disappointing and it's a place you don't expect to be because, quite honestly, I thought I was a good reporter who was doing his best work in the studio when I was in there. It had become more natural to me, and I wasn't so scripted and I could be spontaneous and it allowed me to show my personality."

Cowboys unveil jersey numbers for all 2017 NFL Draft picks - Patrik Walker, 247Sports
The full list of Cowboys' rookie jersey numbers is finally here.

Social Media Reaction To The Dallas Cowboys’ 2017 NFL Draft - Erika Fox, Dallas Cowboys
After three eventful days, the 2017 NFL Draft is in the books. The Cowboys had a successful draft, replenishing many spots that saw losses during free agency.

How Does The 2017 Cowboys Draft Compare To Cowboys Drafts Since 2010? - VAfan, Blogging The Boys
Before the draft, we looked at the last seven Cowboys drafts to get some idea what to expect. Now the draft is over, how did the Cowboys do?

This evaluation is going to be quite different than most, because we are going to give context. Before the draft we looked at the last seven Cowboys drafts - back to 2010 (we stopped there because 2009 was so awful). It’s pretty clear the 2016 draft is #1 on this list, and may never be topped by the Cowboys. Where do you think this draft will stack up?