Tag Archives: Tyler Smith

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.