TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 30: Defensive Back Markquese Bell #5 of the Florida A&M Rattlers during the game against the Grambling State Tigers at Bragg Memorial Stadium Stadium on October 30, 2021 in Tallahassee, Florida. The Rattlers defeated the Tigers 26 to 3. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
After doing more losing than gaining players in the offseason, the Dallas Cowboys have added an entire slew of names to the roster from the 2022 NFL Draft weekend. In addition to the nine total picks from Rounds 1-6, the Cowboys also added a whopping 14 undrafted free agents to their list. Minutes and hours after the draft ended, the front office was still grinding away at seeking out talent that could help improve this team.
On Saturday evening, it seemed like every other minute, another name was being added to Dallas’s list of undrafted free agents. As a reminder, undrafted free agents are not on the official roster yet. UDFAs get to work out with the Cowboys during training camp. With 14 names getting invites, most will get cut at some point during offseason programming. Others may make the official roster or get signed to the practice squad.
In this article, we will take a look at who these 14 players are. The good news? Many analysts are excited about these names. In fact, half of the UDFAs made PFF’s list of the top 100 undrafted players available. If a player is on the list, we will note it with his intro.
Undrafted rookie free agents signing with the Cowboys: pic.twitter.com/SA0PYURHi2
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TALLAHASSEE, FL – MARCH 28: Defensive Back Markquese Bell works out for NFL Scouts and Coaches during Florida A&M Pro Day at Bragg Memorial Stadium on the campus of Florida A&M University on March 28, 2022 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
PFF’s UDFA Top 100 Rank: 28
PFF’s Overall Big Board Rank: 215
It’s always nice to see a player from an HBCU getting a chance to make a name for himself in the NFL. Bell is not an unknown player, though. Not only has he graced many of our articles ahead of the draft, but he also was well awarded during his time at Florida A&M. During his time with the Rattlers, Bell collected 158 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, two sacks, ten pass breakups, and six forced fumbles. Those stats earned him back-to-back All-American honors, All-MEAC honors, and All-SWAC honors. He showed off by clocking a 4.41-second 40-yard dash (amongst other skills) at the NFL Combine against some of the best in college football. Bell has a real chance to make the Cowboys roster.
Bryant was a former Auburn Tiger who transferred to UCF to play with his previous coach, Gus Malzahn. Last season was his best collegiate year with 50 tackles, six sacks, and 13 TFLs. He has five years of collegiate experience to go with great size for a potential NFL edge rusher. Bryant started all 13 games of his final season and earned himself All-AAC honors.
PFF’s UDFA Top 100 Rank: 40
PFF’s Overall Big Board Rank: 235
This 6-1, 212-pound safety was a force on both the defense and special teams with the Yellow Jackets. Thomas became the first player in school history to have two kickoff return touchdowns in two straight games. In his final season, he had 81 tackles, six pass breakups, one interception, and two forced fumbles. Writers at NFL.com predicted Thomas would be a middle-round draftee, so this seems like a steal for the Cowboys.
PFF’s UDFA Top 100 Rank: 67
PFF’s Overall Big Board Rank: 271
Taylor-Stuart continues the list of defensive backs picked up by the Cowboys after the draft. The Trojan had an impressive 4.42-second 40-yard time at the NFL Combine, and many were surprised his name didn’t get called somewhere within the seven rounds of the draft. At USC, he amassed 80 tackles, seven passes deflected, and two interceptions.
In five seasons with the Hoosiers, Fryfogle collected 158 receptions, 2,231 receiving yards, and 14 touchdowns in 53 games. In 2020, he became the first Indiana receiver since 2007 to be named Big Ten Receiver of the Year. The 6-2, 205-pound WR has a great mix of size, strength, and speed.
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