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Dallas Cowboys 2022 NFL Draft/UDFA recap

How ’bout those Cowboys?

The selection of Tolbert fits the profile of the receiver they lost in free agency, Cedrick Wilson (Dolphins). Reinforcements were needed after trades during the offseason. He also provides insurance and perhaps a new timetable for the return of the re-signed Michael Gallup. Smith’s run blocking potential has to excite the running backs on the team’s roster, regardless of where he plays.

Jalen Tolbert WR Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys third-round pick Jalen Tolbert often played bigger than his size even would indicate on the outside lanes in school. It is a big reason he was named the 2021 Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
       
Dallas Cowboys
Round,
Selection,
PlayerSchoolDN Big Board
Rank/
Grade
‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (24)Tyler SmithOT/Tulsa54/2nd RoundSmith's quick nature stood out in a number of games, but none more so than the 2020 Armed Forces Bowl. In that contest, he had a disdain for Mississippi State's DL.
2 (56)Sam WilliamsOLB-DE/Ole Miss123/3rd RoundWilliams' combination of size and speed is rare. 33.5 tackles for loss in three seasons is nothing to sniff at either. He was on fire during the 2022 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and carried it over into the Senior Bowl.
3 (88)Jalen TolbertWR/South Alabama76/2nd RoundTolbert's high-wire acts on the perimeter probably drew comparisons to the types of receivers that the Cowboys employ. Most are in the 6-foot-1-to-6-foot-3-range and weigh around 200 pounds.
4 (129)Jake FergusonTE/H-back Wisconsin182/4th RoundFerguson's savvy as a route runner help him overcome a relative lack of elite burst getting off of the line of scrimmage in a three-point stance. One of the more cerebral tight ends in this year's draft class.
5 (155)Matt WaletzkoOT/North Dakota57/2nd RoundWaletzko's ease of movement stood out in the film viewed. He has room to grow as a run blocker. If the power translates to the next level, then his near 86-inch wingspan could be put to good use.
5 (167) CompensatoryDaRon BlandCB/Fresno State, Sacramento State229/4th RoundBland displayed many of the tools in the Mountain West that he had already shown as an All-Big Sky corner. He works well around traffic and plays longer than even his size would indicate.
5 (176) CompensatoryDamone ClarkLB/LSU207/4th RoundPrior to the spinal fusion surgery, Clark carried a third-round grade. With him being potentially unavailable in Year 1, this serves as a solid pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
5 (178) CompensatoryJohn RidgewayDT/Arkansas, Illinois State70/2nd RoundRidgeway, a longtime MMA competitor, uses his hands as well as any defensive lineman in this year's draft. He has capability sliding up-and-down the interior of the defensive front on first or second down.
6 (193): From Browns in the Amari Cooper tradeDevin HarperLB/Oklahoma State258/4th RoundHarper's explosiveness on the field was justified by his postseason workouts. As he attempts to improve his eye control, he will look to earn a roster spot on special teams.
UDFA signings
Rank PlayerPositionsSchoolGradeRoundNasty ‘Take’
155Markquese BellS-LBFlorida A&M, Maryland5.7253rd RoundBell found his rhythm as a Rattler with force timing hits in the middle of the field and he often handled motion adjustments. His 4.44 speed works at 212 pounds.
174Aaron HansfordLBTexas A&M5.684th RoundA little older at 24 years old, the former WR came on strong as a force in his senior season. His injury history may have caused a slide.
199Isaac Taylor-StuartCBUSC5.6354th RoundTaylor-Stuart’s smooth nature complements the 24-foot long jumper’s profile. Finding the ball with his back turned to the QB needs to be the focus moving forward. He can play off-man or bump-and-run.
204Juanyeh ThomasS-LBGeorgia Tech5.6254th RoundDating back to 2018, Thomas was a factor returning kicks. He even outpaced the Georgia Bulldogs on a 100-yard kickoff return back in 2018. He’s since relinquished that role, but his hard-charging style could be welcomed on special teams.
233Alec LindstromOCBoston College5.5334th RoundLindstrom uses his hands well in pass protection and showed awareness dealing with line games. Does his size translate to the next level? Contains snap-and-pull capability.
284Dontario DrummondWROle Miss5.3684th RoundA smooth route runner with less than stellar speed, Drummond is underrated as a run after the catch threat. He found a way to win nearly every week in the SEC, posting 13 Red Zone TD receptions the last two seasons.
391Markaviest 'Big Kat' BryantDE-OLBUCF, Auburn5.0855th RoundBryant stood out on UCF’s defense this past season with 14 TFLs. It wasn’t the first time he had been productive at the collegiate level. Still needs work on establishing secondary pass rush counters despite snaps dating back to 2018.
397Ty FryfogleWRIndiana5.0595th RoundThe 2020 Big Ten Receiver of the Year made a habit of the highlight film grab in school. Becoming more efficient in short areas has to be the focus as he enters a training camp this summer.
410Peyton HendershotTE/H-BackIndiana 5.025th RoundThe former basketball standout at the prep level played with an even increased vigor in 2021. He may be faster with the ball in his hands than when running routes.
413Jonathan GaribayPKTexas Tech5.015th RoundEven on some of Garibay’s big misses (see Baylor ’21), the range and distance was in place. The All-Big 12 placekicker has an effortless strain on longer field goals, but kicked off just 24 times in school.
506James EmpeyOCBYU4.676th RoundEmpey was relatively durable until injuries stopped his charge somewhat as a senior. The CoSIDA Academic All-District performer possesses adequate snap-and-step quickness. He also exhibited the ability to hit moving targets in space when pulling.
564La’Kendrick Van ZandtSTCU4.476th RoundHe’s missed time at both the prep level and collegiately due to injury. The 2020 Honorable mention All-Big 12 performer has a 79” wingspan and blitz capability due to his short-area burst.
Dennis HoustonWRWestern Illinois, Houston BaptistN/AN/AThe first-team All-MVFC receiver finished with 90 receptions in 2021. This came after the Fullerton College transfer stood out in the spring of 2021. The 6-foot-1 speedster gets to his top speed quickly as a runner or receiver.
Storey JacksonLBLiberty, Prairie View A&M N/AN/AJackson turned the script on his 2021 season with an interception in the short zone against UAB. This came a week after struggling against Syracuse on occasion.
Amon SimonTexas A&M CommerceN/AN/ASimon (6’5, 303), a first-team All-LSC selection, relies on his length and wingspan to win on the perimeter.
Aaron ShampklinRBHarvardN/AN/AThe speedster put up another big season for the Crimson, but it wasn’t the first time for the California native.

The Cowboys have created a formidable quartet of interior line defenders and Ridgeway adds to the mix. Bland could become the surprise of this draft class at cornerback and, if nothing else, provide depth on special teams. This will also be the case for Harper, who should compete with backup Luke Gifford. The team had just seven receptions remaining from its backup tight ends after the release of Blake Jarwin.

2022 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: NFC East

The NFC East has had its share of movement within the first week of free agency. Quite a bit of it was through its own volition. The Cowboys lost Randy Gregory, but signed one of its top receivers to an extension. The Commanders made a splash by trading for former Colts quarterback Carson Wentz. The Eagles released Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox but kept the centerpiece of its offensive line. As the moves continue, we will keep the updates coming.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

Offensive free agents

  • TE Dalton Schultz (franchise tag)
  • RB Corey Clement
  • WR Michael Gallup (re-signed)
  • WR Cedrick Wilson (Agreed to terms with the Dolphins)
  • WR Noah Brown
  • WR Malik Turner
  • OT La’el Collins (released)
  • OG Connor Williams (Agreed to terms with the Dolphins)
  • OL Ty Nsekhe
  • TE Jeremy Sprinkle
Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup signed a five-year extension with the team this offseason.

Defensive free agents

  • S Jayron Kearse (re-signed)
  • S Damontae Kazee
  • S Malik Hooker (re-signed)
  • DB Maurice Canady
  • LB Leighton Vander Esch (re-signed)
  • DE Dorance Armstrong (re-signed)
  • DE Brent Urban
  • DT Carlos Watkins (re-signed)
  • LB Francis Bernard
  • LB Luke Gifford (re-signed)
  • P Bryan Anger (re-signed)
  • LS Jake McQuaide (re-signed)

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Re-worked DE DeMarcus Lawrence’s contract to an extension, re-signed DE Dorance Armstrong on a two-year deal, re-signed WR Michael Gallup on a five-year deal, re-signed S Malik Hooker on a two-year deal, re-signed LB Leighton Vander Esch on a one-year deal, re-signed LB Luke Gifford on a one-year deal, re-signed DT Carlos Watkins, re-signed S Jayron Kearse to a two-year deal, re-signed LS Jake McQuaide on a one-year deal, re-signed P Bryan Anger to a three-year deal
  • Agreed to terms with WR James Washington (Steelers) on a one-year deal, DE Dante Fowler (Falcons) on a two-year deal
  • Traded WR Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a 2022 fifth-round pick and they swapped 2022 sixth-round picks with the Browns
  • Lost OG Connor Williams (Dolphins), DE Randy Gregory (Broncos), WR Cedrick Wilson (Dolphins)
  • Placed the franchise tag on TE Dalton Schultz
  • Released OT La’el Collins, K Greg Zuerlein, WR Robert Foster, DB Reggie Robinson II, RB Ito Smith, TE Blake Jarwin

Washington Commanders

Offensive free agents

  • QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
  • QB Kyle Allen (Agreed to terms with the Texans)
  • WR-Ret DeAndre Carter
  • WR Dylan Cantrell
  • OT Cornelius Lucas (re-signed)
  • OC Jon Toth (re-signed)
  • OG Jamil Douglas (Agreed to terms with the Giants)
  • OL Ereck Flowers (released)
  • OG Brandon Scherff (Agreed to terms with the Jaguars)
  • WR Cam Sims (re-signed)
  • WR Adam Humphries
  • C Tyler Larsen (re-signed)
  • RB Jonathan Williams (re-signed)
  • RB J.D. McKissic (re-signed)
  • TE Ricky Seals-Jones (Agreed to terms with the Giants)

Defensive free agents

  • DT Tim Settle (Agreed to terms with the Bills)
  • DL Daniel Wise (re-signed)
  • DE Jalen Jelks
  • DL Matt Ioannidis (released and signed with Panthers)
  • S Troy Apke
  • LB Jon Bostic
  • LB Jared Norris
  • LB Nate Orchard
  • LB Milo Eifler (re-signed)
  • LB David Mayo (re-signed)
  • CB Darryl Roberts
  • CB Torry McTyer
  • CB Corn Elder
  • CB Danny Johnson (re-signed)
  • S Bobby McCain (re-signed)
  • S Deshazor Everett (released)

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded its third-round picks in the 2022 and 2023 NFL Draft for Indianapolis Colts QB Carson Wentz. The 2023 third-round pick could become a second rounder based on Wentz’s playing time in Washington. The teams also traded positions in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft, as the team gave up the 42nd overall pick to move down five spots
  • Agreed to terms with OG Andrew Norwell (Jaguars), DE Efe Obada (Bills)
  • Re-signed S Bobby McCain to a two-year deal, RB J.D. McKissic, OC Jon Toth, RB Jonathan Williams, OT Cornelius Lucas, OC Tyler Larsen, LB David Mayo, LB Milo Eifler, WR Cam Sims, DL Daniel Wise, CB Danny Johnson,
  • Placed a RFA tender on K Joey Slye
  • Released DL Matt Ioannidis (signed with Panthers), OG Ereck Flowers, S Deshazor Everett
  • Lost OG Brandon Scherff (Jaguars), DT Tim Settle (Bills), QB Kyle Allen (Texans), TE Ricky Seals-Jones (Giants), OG Jamil Douglas (Giants)

New York Giants

Offensive free agents

  • QB Jake Fromm
  • QB Mike Glennon
  • WR C.J. Board (re-signed)
  • OT Korey Cunningham (re-signed)
  • TE Evan Engram (Agreed to terms with the Jaguars)
  • G Will Hernandez (Agreed to terms with the Cardinals)
  • FB Elijhaa Penny
  • FB Cullen Gillaspia
  • WR Dante Pettis
  • OL Billy Price
  • WR John Ross
  • OL Matt Skura
  • OT Nate Solder
  • TE Levine Toilolo
  • TE Kaden Smith
  • TE Kyle Rudolph (released)
  • RB Devontae Booker (released)
  • P Riley Dixon

Defensive free agents

  • LB Lorenzo Carter
  • CB Keion Crossen (Agreed to terms with the Dolphins)
  • S Nate Ebner
  • S J.R. Reed
  • DB Logan Ryan (released and then signed with the Buccaneers)
  • DB Steven Parker
  • DL Austin Johnson (Agreed to terms with the Chargers)
  • LB Benardrick McKinney
  • S Jabrill Peppers (Agreed to terms with the Patriots)
  • DB Logan Ryan (released and then signed with Buccaneers)
  • LB Reggie Ragland
  • DL Danny Shelton
  • LB Jaylon Smith
  • LS Casey Kreiter (re-signed)

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Re-signed OT Korey Cunningham, LS Casey Kreiter, WR C.J. Board
  • Agreed to terms with OG Mark Glowinski (Colts) on a three-year deal, QB Tyrod Taylor (Texans) on a two-year deal, OG Jon Feliciano (Bills), TE Ricky Seals-Jones (Commanders), WR Richie James (49ers), DT Justin Ellis (Ravens), DL Jihad Ward (Jaguars), RB Matt Breida (Bills), G Jamil Douglas (Commanders), OL Max Garcia (Cardinals)
  • Released DB Logan Ryan (signed by Buccaneeers), TE Kaden Smith, P Riley Dixon, RB Devontae Booker, TE Kyle Rudolph
  • Lost CB Keion Crossen (Dolphins), TE Evan Engram (Jaguars), DT Austin Johnson (Chargers), S Jabrill Peppers (Patriots), OG Will Hernandez (Cardinals)

Philadelphia Eagles

Offensive free agents

Defensive free agents

  • S Rodney McLeod
  • S Anthony Harris (re-signed)
  • LB Alex Singleton (Agreed to terms with the Broncos)
  • DE Derek Barnett (re-signed)
  • CB Steven Nelson
  • DT Hassan Ridgeway (Agreed to terms with the 49ers)
  • DE Ryan Kerrigan
  • OLB Genard Avery (Agreed to terms with the Steelers)
  • DT Fletcher Cox (released and then re-signed)

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with GM Howie Roseman on a three-year extension
  • Re-signed OC Jason Kelce on a one-year deal, WR Greg Ward on a one-year deal, S Anthony Harris on a one-year deal, re-signed RB Boston Scott on a one-year deal, DE Derek Barnett to a two-year deal
  • Placed a RFA tender on OG Nate Herbig
  • Agreed to terms with DE-OLB Haason Reddick on a three-year deal, LB Kyzir White (Chargers), WR Zach Pascal (Colts)
  • Lost DT Hassan Ridgeway (49ers) , LB Alex Singleton (Broncos), OLB Genard Avery (Steelers)
  • Released DT Fletcher Cox and then re-signed him to a one-year deal

2018 NFL Draft recap, pick-by-pick: NFC East

NFC EAST

 

Dallas Cowboys

Vander Esch hopes to bring championships to the Cowboys over the next few years.

Notable picks: Vander Esch may prove to be the difference-maker that the Cowboys envision with his versatility. Armstrong’s uneven pre-draft workouts are not at all an indication of his on-field burst and athleticism. Williams adds some swing backup insurance and could outplay his original draft position.

Round,

Selection,

 

Player School DN Big Board

Rank/

Grade

‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (19) Leighton

Vander Esch

6’4 256

Boise State 36 (2nd Round) Athletic former basketball player has to become better in his stack-and-shed. Underrated range in coverage.
2 (50) Connor

Williams

6’5 296

Texas 3 (1st Round) Williams’ injury in 2017 following an inauspicious start to his junior campaign. When he’s on top of his game, the finish is in place.
3 (81) Michael

Gallup

WR-6’1 205

Colorado St. 145 (3rd Round) Gallup wins outside the numbers and plays with a physical style that is even stronger than his sturdy 205-pound nature suggests play-to-play.
3 (82) Tracy

Walker

DB-6’1 195

Louisiana-Lafayette 191 (4th Round) Walker has enough length that he could even get looks at a cornerback spot. A solid tackler, his best football may be ahead of him.
4 (116) Dorance

Armstrong, Jr.

OLB-6’4 257

Kansas 49 (2nd Round) Armstrong, Jr. has an 84-inch wingspan and produced 20 tackles for loss in 2016.
4 (140) Dalton Schultz

TE-6’4 249

Stanford 296 (4th Round) Schultz is an underrated route runner despite producing just 11 third down receptions in school.
5 (171) Mike

White

QB-6’4 223

Western Kentucky 155 (3rd Round) White has all of the tools of an NFL starting quarterback minus the mobility.
6 (208) Cedrick

Wilson

WR-6’3 194

Boise State 78 (3rd Round) Wilson produced like a first-round wideout in the MWC. Will his 4.55 speed translate to the perimeter or will he be relegated to the slot?
7 (236) Bo

Scarbrough

RB-6’1 228

Alabama 308 (5th Round) It may have been a long wait on draft day, but the bruising runner could be a change-of-pace power back if he can contribute on special teams.

 

 

 

New

York

Giants

Hill (No. 98 pictured) ranked as one of DraftNasty’s Top 3-4 DEs/DTs available in the 2018 NFL Draft. The former Wolfpack star rushed for over 800 yards and 5 TDs as a senior at the prep level.

Notable picks: Hernandez is a mammoth blocker who wins on man blocks.   If he can win as an angle blocker, it will increase the diversity of the running game.  Hill and McIntosh both will add diversity to a defense that finished 27th against the run in 2017.

Round,

Selection

 

Player School DN Big Board

Rank/

Grade

‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (2) Saquon

Barkley

RB-6’0 233

Penn State 2 (1st Round) Barkley’s lateral agility is top-notch. How much will he contribute as a check down threat?   Based on his collegiate film, he should line up at a number of spots.
2 (34) Will

Hernandez

OG-6’2 327

UTEP 21 (2nd Round) A behemoth bar room brawler with mass and underrated quickness, Hernandez has to distribute his weight evenly to reach his immense potential.
3 (66) Lorenzo

Carter

OLB-6’5 250

Georgia 68 (3rd Round) Carter has some similarities to current Carolina Panthers DE Mario Addison. Can he create speed-to-power off the edge?
3 (69) B.J. Hill

DL-6’3 311

NC State 22 (2nd Round) Hill’s dependability is aided by an ability to play a bit longer than his 77-inch wingspan would suggest. Makes plays laterally in the run game.
4 (108) Kyle

Lauletta

QB-6’3 222

Richmond 154 (3rd Round) Lauletta –the 2017 CAA Offensive Player of the Year- maintains good posture in the pocket and excels on the hit-and-throw concepts. Posted a 4.07 time in the 20-yard short shuttle at the NFL Combine.
5 (139) RJ

McIntosh

DT-6’4 286

Miami (Fla.) 161 (3rd Round) McIntosh has the size to play either DE or DT.   His 83-inch wingspan complements a light-footed nature. He needs to anticipate snap counts with more consistency.

 

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Former Pittsburgh cornerback Avonte Maddox (No. 14 pictured) played WR, CB, PR KR and the nickel back spot for the Panthers. He will add versatility to the Super Bowl champions’ roster.

Notable pick: Maddox is a player who went undervalued due to size and slight durability concerns. His ability to cover the slot could increase some of the packages by DC Jim Schwartz. Schwartz typically likes to rush with four players and Maddox could increase coverage disguises.  The Eagles got three of our top 60 players with their first three selections.

Round,

Selection,

 

Player School DN Big Board

Rank/

Grade

‘Nasty’ Take:
2 (49) Dallas

Goedert

6’4 260

South Dakota St. 56 (2nd Round) Goedert gives the Eagles two tight ends who can attack vertically in the seams of the field. And he weighs in the 260-pound range.
4 (125) Avonte

Maddox

CB-5’9 183

Pittsburgh 53 (2nd Round) Maddox’s 4.39 40-yard dash at the Combine was only outdone by his 6.51 time in the 3-cone drill. He’s even better on the field than in T-shirts and shorts.
4 (130) Josh

Sweat

DE-6’5 251

Florida St. 58 (2nd Round) Sweat fell due to lingering question marks about his knee.   When he’s feeling good, he can translate speed-to-power with one-hand posts and collapses the edge vs. tackles.
6 (206) Matthew

Pryor

OT-6’6 343

TCU 375 (5th Round) Pryor sits on run defenders with his mammoth size.   He often wins in the first phase of block. 11 ½-inch hands.
7 (233) Acquired from New England Patriots Jordan

Mailata

OL-6’8 346

Australia Rugby player N/A Mailata never played college football, but he ran in the 5.1-range for NFL scouts.

 

Washington Redskins

Settle (No. 4 pictured) posted 19.5 tackles for losses the last two seasons for the Hokies.

Notable picks: Christian will help alleviate the issues the Redskins had last year when injuries beset the offensive line. Can he swing to the center position to challenge incumbent Chase Roullier?  Settle is a player who was once thought of as a potential second-round pick before an uneven postseason.

Round,

Selection,

 

Player School DN Big Board

Rank/

Grade

‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (13) De’Ron

Payne

DT-6’2 311

Alabama 30 (2nd Round) Payne will help to control the action as a fire-plugging two-gap specialist and occasional one-gap penetrator. Expect to see him aligned over the center in DC Greg Manusky’s three-man fronts.
2 (59) Derrius

Guice

RB-5’11 224

LSU 24 (2nd Round) Guice will have to balance his bullish running style to avoid the injury scrapes that took away time from him as a junior.
3 (74) Geron

Christian

OT-6’5 298

Louisville 79 (3rd Round) Christian’s versatility in school saw him move around during games. He was seen snapping the ball on his Pro Day and it could be a possible transition to a starting role.
4 (109) Troy

Apke

S-6’1 200

Penn State 147 (3rd Round) Apke didn’t make a number of plays off the hash, but he demonstrated range during the week of the 2018 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and versus Pittsburgh in 2017.
5 (163) Tim

Settle

DT-6’3 329

Virginia Tech 200 (4th Round) Settle’s quickness is aided by power. He will win versus guards or centers and could be a rotational piece on first and second down.
6 (197) Shaun

Dion Hamilton

LB-6’0 228

Alabama 231 (4th Round) Crimson Tide team captain has battled major lower extremity injuries, but he can locate, identify and close once he’s made his reads.
7 (241) Greg

Stroman

CB-5’11 174

Virginia Tech 381 (5th Round) With Stroman’s level of return ability, it is easy to forget that he also broke up 27 passes and picked off 9 passes in school.
7 (256) Trey Quinn

WR-5’11 203

SMU, LSU 227 (4th Round) Mr. Irrelevant caught 114 passes in 2017 after an unsettling stint at LSU. His savvy and quickness earn high marks.