Who's the Next Undrafted Star?
If history is any guide, several undrafted free agents will make the final roster. The Cowboys have struck it right with undrafted free agents in recent years, pulling Tony Romo and Miles Austin from the NFL remainders pile. Last year Dan Bailey, Kevin Kowalski, Phillip Tanner, Alex Albright, Raymond Radway, and Chris Jones all earned playing '11 playing time, despite going undrafted.
Here are names of interest:
G Ronald Leary, Memphis -- Was considered a later round pick and got a private workout with OL coach Bill Callahan and a Valley Ranch visit. Jerry Jones mentioned Leary as a priority free agent whose knee condition pushed him down the board. He'll be in the mix for one of the backup guard spots. Who knows, with right guard looking fuzzy, a good camp could see Leary in the mix for a starting role.
OLB Adrian Hamilton -- He was put on the CN radar by Wes Bunting back in December. He's one of the few collegians to record 20 or more sacks at any level. His bowl game performance was not distinguished, but he's nonetheless an intriguing player for a team that can always use more edge pressure.
OLB/DE Aston Whiteside -- A small-school guy who did get some recognition in the bowl game and who got some ink as an intriguing UDFA.
TE George Bryan, N.C. State -- a classic, in-line Y, Bryan got high marks for his blocking. He'll challenge John Phillips for a roster spot, if things break right for him.
CB Isaac Madison, Arkansas
FS Eddie Whitley, Virginia Tech
OT Jeff Adams, Colombia
RB Lance Dunbar, North Texas
CB Lionel Smith, Texas A&M
RB Darrell Scott, South Florida
FS Troy Woolfolk, Michigan
WR Cole Beasley, SMU
TE Andrew Szcrerba, Penn State
You Give Grades When the Class is Over
No grades in this shop. Sorry if you're looking for one, but I've taught for a long, long time. I have never given final grades before the first lecture. And that's where we are. This weekend, NFL teams chose their fall courses. Next week, the rookies will attend their first lectures. In June they'll take more. In August, they'll take their mid-terms.
Then, we can get a feel for who's likely to pass and who's likely to fail. Today, you're trying to guess how they'll do based on how attentive and serious they look. That never works.