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Cowboys signed USC WR George Farmer to a contract that includes $55,000 guaranteed.

The $55K is exorbitant for a UDFA and suggests a surprisingly hot market. Farmer (6'1/220) entered USC as a five-star recruit, but fell short of expectations and endured an injury-riddled redshirt junior campaign before surprisingly turning pro. He finished his college career with just 30 catches for 363 yards and four TDs. Farmer put himself on the NFL map by running 4.35 at the Trojans' Pro Day, though he reportedly dropped a ton of passes in positional drills. Purely a H/W/S project, Farmer has Greg Little written all over him.
May 5 - 12:19 PM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain had his 2013 misdemeanor conviction of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct dismissed.

McClain appealed his conviction related to an incident in which he was accused of cursing at police officers while they were trying to clear a crowd away from a softball game. On Monday, prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss the charges. McClain re-signed a one-year, $3 million deal last month to be Dallas' middle linebacker again this season. His only competition is Jasper Brinkley.
May 5 - 10:25 AM

Cowboys signed Houston WR Deontay Greenberry.

Greenberry (6'1/211) went to Houston as a five-star recruit and started each of his three years on campus, parlaying 201 catches into 2,612 yards (13.0 YPR) and 20 TDs. Not invited to the Combine following a disappointing 2014, Greenberry ran 4.50/4.52 with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump at the Cougars' Pro Day. Greenberry dropped 11 passes last season -- second most in the country -- and is neither a vertical stretcher nor a dominator at the short or intermediate section. He still has an intriguing enough track record to be worth monitoring in Dallas, where the team lacks world beaters beyond Dez Bryant.
May 3 - 10:06 PM

Cowboys signed Georgia Tech RB Synjyn Days.

Days (6'1/232) was a rotational back in the Yellow Jackets' triple option, finishing his career with 255 carries for 1,396 yards (5.47 YPC) and 18 TDs. He only caught seven passes in college. Davis showed lackluster athleticism at his Pro Day, running 4.60/4.61 with a 9-foot-8 broad jump. Like Anthony Allen and Jonathan Dwyer before him, Days' college production was likely the product of Paul Johnson's system. We projected Days as a possible No. 3 back/special teamer before the draft. The fact that he landed in Dallas makes him slightly interesting.
May 3 - 7:07 PM

The Cowboys insist they're "comfortable" at running back.

Dallas' backfield was one of the biggest needs league-wide that wasn't addressed in the draft. "We would have liked to have drafted a running back," owner/GM Jerry Jones conceded. "But at the same token, we didn’t think at any given time that we should pass at the player that was there, even with the running backs (available)." We'd expect the Cowboys to be vigilant on the trade/waiver wire. Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar aren't going to get it done when it comes to replacing DeMarco Murray.
May 3 - 2:30 PM

Cowboys signed South Alabama QB Brandon Bridge.

Bridge (6'4/229) spent just one year as South Alabama's starter, completing 52.1 percent of his throws with a 15:8 TD-to-INT ratio and four rushing scores. Although not a dynamic runner, Bridge is a plus athlete with 4.72 speed and a 33-inch vertical. Bridge drew pre-draft praise from NFL Films' Greg Cosell for his live arm and ability to drive the ball with velocity. He's also a quick-twitch mover in the pocket, but has highly erratic ball placement and touch, and wasn't a very good quarterback at a lower-level college. Bridge is a project who will likely max out as a camp arm.
May 3 - 2:18 PM

The Cowboys didn't address running back during the draft.

Dallas is thin there, but it may not matter. The Cowboys' offensive line dominated last season, helping DeMarco Murray rise to superstardom. Though it's unlikely Darren McFadden and Joseph Randle will approach those same heights, the Cowboys' line should open up holes for them while keeping quarterback Tony Romo on his feet. The Cowboys could have gone after disgruntled Rams running back Zac Stacy, but the Jets struck first, landing him for a seventh-round pick.
May 3 - 8:21 AM

Cowboys signed Miami C Shane McDermott.

McDermott (6'4/301) made 36 starts at The U, all at center and earned first-team All-ACC accolades from the conference's coaches as a senior. A below-average athlete, McDermott managed a 5.42 forty with an 8-foot-7 broad jump and 27 1/2-inch vertical at the Hurricanes' Pro Day. Limited in both strength and movement skills, McDermott's ceiling is a versatile interior "swing" reserve.
May 2 - 7:30 PM

Cowboys signed Baylor WR Antwan Goodley.

Goodley (5'10/209) made 30 starts for the Bears, parlaying 150 catches into 2,366 yards (15.8 YPR) and 21 TDs. After a prolific junior season, Goodley's numbers dipped as a senior due to a year-long quad injury. Goodley ran 4.44 in Indy before recording an explosive 10-foot-7 broad jump at Baylor's Pro Day. Old for a rookie, Goodley turns 24 in September and is a straight-line athlete with inconsistent hands. His calling cards are vertical ability and physical tackle breaking after the catch. Not built like a perimeter receiver and a questionable fit for the slot, it's fair to wonder how Goodley's game will translate. He may max out as a sub-package wideout and kickoff returner.
May 2 - 7:29 PM

Cowboys traded up to select Texas TE Geoff Swaim with the No. 246 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Dallas gave up a sixth-round pick to the 49ers in 2016 to move up. Swaim (6'4/252) spent two seasons as a Longhorn after transferring from JUCO, catching just 13 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown despite starting 22 games. Badly underutilized in Texas' dysfunctional offense, Swaim showed athletic upside with a 4.71 forty, 10-foot-4 broad jump, and 35 1/2-inch vertical at the UT Pro Day. Swaim is worth a flier based entirely on his movement ability, which ranks among the best in this year's weak tight end class.
May 2 - 6:18 PM

Cowboys selected Virginia Tech T/G Laurence Gibson with the No. 243 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Gibson (6'6/305) made 19 starts for the Hokies, dabbling at guard and right tackle before protecting the blind side as a senior. Gibson has a limited college resume but shredded the Combine, running 5.04 with highly impressive vertical (33 1/2") and broad (9'5") jumps. He also has vines for arms (35 1/8") and huge hands (10 3/8"). Gibson looks the part getting off the bus, but is a 24-year-old project. He'll need to be coached hard to hit his ceiling.
May 2 - 6:07 PM

Cowboys selected Wyoming LB Mark Nzeocha with the No. 236 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Nzeocha (6'2/232) played outside linebacker and safety for the Cowboys, finishing his career with 13.5 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, and one interception. Nzeocha tore his ACL last October, but ripped up his April Pro Day, running 4.52 with a 10-foot-11 broad jump and 39-inch vertical. Already 25 years old, Nzeocha's ticket to playing time will be on special teams with some potential to contribute as a dime linebacker.
May 2 - 5:51 PM

Cowboys selected Purdue DE Ryan Russell with the No. 163 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Russell (6'4/269) made 47 starts for the Boilermakers, amassing 25 career tackles for loss and ten sacks. Measuring in with long arms (33 3/8") and big hands (10 1/4"), Russell showed good athletic ability in Indianapolis, running 4.75 with a 32 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump. Russell offers big-time tools, but was seen as an underachiever at Purdue, and NFL scouts have questioned his toughness. He would appear to be a boom-or-bust prospect.
May 2 - 3:02 PM

Cowboys selected Minnesota LB Damien Wilson with the No. 127 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Wilson (6'0/245) spent two seasons as a Gopher after transferring from community college, racking up 16 tackles for loss as a 24-game starter. He was a second-team All-Big Ten by the conference's coaches as a senior. Long armed (33 3/4") and a plus athlete, Wilson runs 4.77 with a 37-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump. Wilson plays hard and made a ton of tackles in college, but he was too frequently victimized on long runs on tape, either because he couldn't detach from blocks or simply overran plays. He's a project with tools-based upside.
May 2 - 1:21 PM

Before the draft, Randy Gregory requested the Cowboys put structures in place similar to the ones used with Dez Bryant to help keep him out of trouble as he transitions to the NFL.

A failed drug test and inconsistent behavior in the pre-draft process prompted Gregory's precipitous fall in the draft, but his pre-draft conversation with the Cowboys made the team feel comfortable enough to take him in the second round. A top-ten talent, Gregory could be a steal if he stays out of trouble. Dallas will do everything in their power to ensure he does.
May 2 - 11:36 AM


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