Against All Odds in Dallas

After what Jerry Jones called a successful draft, the Dallas Cowboys were quickly back on the phones contacting more rookie hopefuls signing them to minimal contracts in hopes of finding a diamond in the rough. In recent years past, players like Tony Romo, Miles Austin, Barry Church, Danny McCray, Alex Albright, Dan Bailey, Phil Costa, Orie Lemon, and Phillip Tanner to name a few, have shown the Cowboys enough to show they deserve to be on this team.

This year will be no different as these young players will come to minicamp this weekend to show the coaches their talents in hopes of landing a spot on the 53 man roster this fall.

Here is the full list of rookie free agents:

Jeff Adams T Columbia
Levy Adcock T Oklahoma State
Cole Beasley WR Southern Methodist
Tim Benford WR Tennessee Tech
George Bryan TE North Carolina State
Taylor Dever T Notre Dame
Lance Dunbar RB North Texas
Harland Gunn G Miami
Saalim Hakim WR Tarleton State
Adrian Hamilton LB Prairie View A&M
Charley Hughlett LS Central Florida
Donavon Kemp WR UTEP
Ronald Leary G Memphis
Isaac Madison CB Arkansas
Tyrone Novikoff T Idaho
Darrell Scott RB South Florida
Lionel Smith CB Texas A&M
Andrew Szczerba TE Penn State
Aston Whiteside LB Abilene Christian
Eddie Whitley S Virginia Tech
Troy Woolfolk CB Michigan
The most notable signing is Memphis guard Ronald Leary, who made a pre-draft visit to Valley Ranch and might have been a mid-round pick if not for an apparent knee condition.

Ronald Leary, OG, Memphis 6-3 / 315 (5.36) - Played left tackle at Memphis but played right guard against Central Florida. Is projected to play inside. Bill Callahan went to Memphis to work this kid out. Quick to block down, can get to the 2nd level, stays after his block. Good kick, slide, can get his hands on the rusher. Plays in a two point stance, able to adjust to the rusher. Stays on his feet. Can get some push. Will anchor down. Gets outside on the pull, missed man against Miss St on a cut block that gave up a sack. Has some shock in his punch. Had three pancake blocks in a row against Miss St on running plays. Fires into blocks. Nice job of turning back inside to pick up man on screen block. Nice position on pass set, able to adjust to the twist stunt. Will lock onto his man. Did lose balance some, never quit even though team was always badly behind on the scoreboard. Has an knee injury that is a concern but if able to come back, could be a nice player to have as one of your ten offensive linemen.

The rookies will report to Valley Ranch on Thursday, and four practices (two each day) are open to the media on Friday and Saturday.

Topics: Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Cowboys Rookie, Ron Leary

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