Aug 18, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Indianapolis Colts linebacker Caesar Rayford (49) sacks New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib (9) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Indianapolis Colts defeat the New York Giants 20-12. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Cowboys Finally Address Defensive Line Needs: Trade for DE Rayford

The Dallas Cowboys have made four trades in four days. None of those moves addressed their core needs al0ng the offensive and defensive lines until today. The Cowboys traded an undisclosed and conditional 2015 draft pick to the Indianapolis Colts for defensive end Caesar Rayford. Despite being an 27-year old undrafted free agent, Rayford led the NFL in sacks this preseason with five. He also recorded 11 tackles in those four games.

The Cowboys needed to address their depth at defensive end due to the unknown status of Anthony Spencer. The first-time Pro Bowler in 2012 has yet to return to the practice field after having knee surgery in late July. Coaches hoped Spencer would be able to return for Week One’s regular season opener against the New York Giants. But this latest move by the Cowboys puts his instant return very much in doubt.

Rayford is a product of the Arena Football League. The former Washington Huskie recorded 22.5 sacks in his three year stint there. Before being called up by the Indianapolis Colts in May, Rayford had already racked up six sacks in eight games during the new AFL season. He had previously played in the Canadian Football League for three years, recording six sacks in 31 games.

Rayford is also a physical beast. He measures in at 6’7″, 225 lbs and can run the 40 in 4.56 seconds. A native of Spanaway, Washington, Rayford turned down scholarship offers from both Oregon and UCLA to play in his home state.

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  • Ed

    Why wasn’t this guy scouted before hand? Now we have to give up a draft pick for an undrafted FAR rookie? Great if he is what they say, but where was the homework?

    • 87544

      The risk at this point is worth the low pick for 2015. He’s gone through a full NFL preseason after years in lesser leagues. Dude just took time to develop (he’s a 27 year old rookie, Holloman is 22). So a low round pick for a guy who’s nearly proved himself for a position of need? That’s some darn fine work, IMO.

    • John

      No question they did their homework. Likely they were waiting to see if he’d be cut, so they could pick him up as a free agent for nothing. Personnel department has been nails the past few years, considering the cap problems that Wade-era Jerry created…

    • Ed

      What I am saying is that he was an undrafted free agent. He didn’t get snagged by another team that was higher in the pecking order. It’s just upsetting that he could have been tried out as an FAR for nothing. I hope he works out well cause even a 7th round pick is good to have in your pocket.

  • ctcowboy1968

    6’8″ 225? How is this guy going to stand up against the run?

    • psb

      He is 6’7″ and 265lbs on another website report

  • tlest

    I thiink whoever wrote this article got things screwed up. He is 6’8′ 265 not 225. Big difference there.

  • Jazzin

    When you were typing in “225 pounds” didn’t you feel a little stupid.
    I mean look at the pic. On a 6’8″ frame? That’s really skinny. At DE? really? We’ve got 6 foot LB’s that way 20 pounds more than that. Wiki says 267.
    That looks dead on. Geez a 225 pound DE in the NFL. LOL.