2023 Cowboys UDFA Thread

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Players who visited the Cowboys and went undrafted. There are 45 players in total. These are the highest rated according to Brugler. I don't think I listed anyone drafted but I could have missed.
Rakim Jarret WR
Leonard Taylor TE
Tyson Baggent QB
TJ Bass OL
John Ojukwu OL
Mark Evans II OL
Tyrus Wheat LB
Caleb Murphy Edge
DJ Dale DL
Trey Dean S
Rezjohn Wright CB
Mekhi Garner CB
Ronnie Hickman S
Arquon Bush DB
Myles Brooks DB
Michael Turk P
 

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Yes! Nobody took Luepke.

We better sign him now.
 

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Lupke and Deuce Could make a good combo
 

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Florida A&M Edge Isaiah Land
This is one to keep an eye on. He was legit his Jr year and entered the portal looking for NIL offers. Had offers from UCF, FSU and others but got a nice deal to return. Didn’t follow his Sr year but I remember looking at his past highlights and he was impressive.
 

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33. DAVID DURDEN | West Florida 6014 | 204 lbs. | 6SR Midville, Ga. (Emanuel County) 12/26/1998 (age 24.34) #17 BACKGROUND: John David Durden II, who is one of four children, was a multi-sport athlete growing up in east Georgia. His mother (Jeana) is a teacher and father (John), who played baseball at Air Force, is a minister. Durden attended Emanuel County Institute and kicked extra points as a freshman. A wide receiver on offense and safety on defense, he posted 13 receptions for 327 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore, adding 42 tackles and four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). As a senior, Durden finished with 45 receptions for 782 yards and 14 touchdowns to earn All-Region honors. He also accounted for three rushing scores and two special teams touchdowns (one punt return, one kick return). He also lettered in basketball and was a standout baseball player. He led Emanuel County to a state championship in 2015 and was named the 2017 Region Player of the Year with eight home runs. A two-star recruit, Durden was the No. 301 wide receiver in the 2017 recruiting class and the No. 235 recruit in Georgia. Playing at a small-town high school program, he went mostly overlooked as a recruit until FCS-level Mercer scouted him and reached out with a scholarship offer. Durden committed to play football but backtracked after the Boston Red Sox selected him in the 20th round (No. 611 overall) of the 2017 MLB Draft. He spent the 2017 season at the rookie ball level and hit .220 (20-for-91) with one double and nine RBI in 30 games. With his heart still in football, Durden left the Red Sox and joined Mercer for the 2018 season. After two seasons at Mercer, he transferred to Division II West Florida and enrolled in the summer of 2020. Durden received an invitation to the 2023 East-West Shrine Bowl but was unable to participate due to a left wrist injury. YEAR (GP/GS) REC YDS AVG TD DROP NOTES 2017: Part of the Boston Red Sox organization 2018: (11/10) 18 407 22.6 5 0 Mercer; Honorable Mention Freshman All-American; 11-yard TD pass; 95-yard KR TD 2019: (9/8) 45 647 14.4 4 1 Mercer; First Team All-SoCon (Returner); Second Team All-SoCon (WR); FG block 2020: Season canceled due to COVID pandemic West Florida; Enrolled at West Florida in summer 2020 2021: (9/9) 34 787 23.1 10 1 West Florida; Honorable Mention All-American; First Team All-GSC; Led team in receiving; 6-yard rush TD 2022: (13/13) 54 1,128 20.9 13 2 West Florida; First Team All-American; First Team All-GSC; Led team in receiving; 64-yard PR TD
Total: (42/40) 151 2,969 19.7 32 4 HT WT ARM HAND WING 40-YD 20-YD 10-YD VJ BJ SS 3C BP COMBINE N/A (not invited) PRO DAY 6014 204 30 3/8 9 1/2 74 1/2 4.45 2.44 1.55 37 10’7” 4.21 7.00 - (no bench press – left wrist)

STRENGTHS: Good-sized athlete with functional strength to beat the jam … explosive timed speed and play speed … displays the acceleration to consistently gain vertical separation against Division II corners … graceful in mid-air with natural ball-tracking skills … takes sharp angles out of his breaks … mixes his gears as a route runner and not shy attacking the middle of the field … can turn short gains into big plays, displaying outstanding vision, competitive toughness and contact balance with the ball in his hands … productive on special teams as a returner and gunner (10 special teams tackles) … averaged 17.7 yards per punt return in 2022, including a 64-yard touchdown (14/248/1) … averaged 24.6 yards per kick return (43/1,058/1) … receiving production increased each season in college … NFL scouts say his pro day workout (in 33-degree weather) was “outstanding.”

WEAKNESSES: Doesn’t have a body of work against top-tier competition … routes can be overly deliberate at times, drawing sticky coverage … shorter arms and might struggle to fight through the physical coverage of longer corners … inconsistent high-pointer and too content using his body/wrists to finish … contested windows disrupt his focus … guilty of bracing himself for contact at the catch point, making grabs tougher than they need to be … patient with the ball in his hands to follow his blocks but will need to make quicker decisions vs. NFL pursuit … will turn 25 during his NFL rookie season … suffered a left wrist injury that required postseason surgery (December 2022).

SUMMARY: A two-year starter at West Florida, Durden was an outside receiver in the Argos’ balanced offense. After a short-lived pro baseball career, he returned to the football field was immediately productive, initially at Mercer and then West Florida where his 23 receiving touchdowns matched the program record. An impressive athlete for his size, Durden has a smooth accelerator before and after the catch and displays natural pass-catching skills thanks to his steady hand-eye coordination (averaged 19.7 yards per catch in his career). He shifts his gears well as a route runner but could use more polish to consistently create separation out of his stem turns. Overall, Durden will need to prove he can match up vs. NFL speed and strength, but he has the athletic profile and instincts (as a receiver and ball carrier) to earn an NFL roster spot in camp. His value on special teams (as a return man and gunner) could give the edge.
 

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14. T.J. BASS | Oregon 6043 | 317 lbs. | 5SR Deming, Wash. (Mount Baker) 3/31/1999 (age 24.08) #56 BACKGROUND: Travis “T.J.” Bass, who is one of three children, was raised north of Seattle by his mother (Angie) and father (Travis). He attended Mount Baker Senior High School and was a three-year letterman, playing on both sides of the ball as a defensive end and tight end. As a junior, Bass posted 82 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks, earning first team All-State and All-Conference honors. He also caught 13 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns and was a productive blocking tight end. As a senior, Bass finished his senior season with 23.5 tackles for loss, 13.0 sacks and three forced fumbles and was named the conference’s co-MVP in 2017. He also lettered in track and set personal bests in the shot put (50-1.5) and discus (128-10).

A no-star recruit, Bass originally enrolled at Idaho and grayshirted in 2017 because of academics. He then transferred to Butte College in northern California and started for two seasons at left tackle. Bass earned All-League honors as a freshman and was a juco All-American as a sophomore in 2019. He also participated in the shot put at Butte. A three-star juco recruit, he was the No. 1 guard and No. 21 overall juco recruit in the 2020 recruiting class. Bass collected offers from several Power 5 programs, including Arizona State, Auburn, Kansas State, TCU, UCLA, Utah, Washington State and West Virginia. He committed to the Ducks and enrolled in January 2020. Bass graduated with his degree in general social science (June 2022). He accepted his invitation to the 2023 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

STRENGTHS: Broad-chested and plays wide … his feet stay on the move as a base blocker … sets low for a well-leveraged response versus power … knocks rushers offschedule with strong, well-timed hands … flashes the grip strength to lock and load and ride the bull … stays under control into initial contact in the run game, creating movement from his hips and lower body … calms his feet to be effective on downfield and second-level blocks … excellent awareness on combos … fierce finisher and doesn’t play complacent … started 34 straight games the last three seasons (13 at left guard followed by 21 at left tackle).

WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal length and long-armed rushers can access his frame … inconsistent pass-set depth with his initial steps and late to react versus explosiveness in his gaps … lower-body stiffness hurts his lateral range and mirror … his pad level tends to rise at contact, allowing his base to narrow … appears comfortable catching and absorbing rushers, but he won’t get away with that in the NFL … has a slight hitch in his giddy-up on pulling plays … can get the job done at the second level but is often tardy reaching his target … three false start penalties on 2022 tapes studied … will be 24 on draft weekend.

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Oregon, Bass lined up at left tackle in former offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham’s scheme. After cutting his teeth at the juco level, he started every game since arriving in Eugene and earned All-Pac-12 honors all three seasons. Bass struggled at times against aggressive edge rushers (see: 2022 Washington or 2022 Georgia tapes), but his lack of ideal length and responsive quicks should be easier to mask inside at guard. He has the body thickness and force behind his well-placed punch that’s desired for interior work. Overall, Bass doesn’t have high-level reactive athleticism to easily counter and keep blocks centered, but he gives as good as he gets because of his heavy hands and desire to finish. He projects as a rotational guard in a gap scheme.

GRADE: 5th-6th Round
 
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