Which Cowboys Seventh Round Pick Will Have The Biggest Impact In 2014?

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Oct 19, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears safety Ahmad Dixon (6) during the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cyclones 71-7. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 19, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears safety Ahmad Dixon (6) during the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cyclones 71-7. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys made five selections in the seventh round of this year’s NFL Draft. Often seen as “Hail Mary” picks, these particular late round selections could actually play a vital role on a Cowboys squad desperate for quality depth. But out of these five young prospect, which one will have the biggest impact on the team in 2014?

Seventh round picks, in general, usually don’t make a big impact in their rookie seasons. In fact, most seventh round picks don’t last very long in Dallas. As proof, here’s a list of all the Cowboys seventh round selections since 2008:

2013 – None
2012 – Caleb McSurdy, LB, Montana
2011 – Shaun Chapas, RB, Georgia
2011 – Bill Nagy, OL, Wisconsin
2010 – Sean Lissemore, DT, William & Mary
2009 – Mike Mickens, DB, Cincinnati
2009 – Manuel Johnson, WR, Oklahoma
2008 – None

Not a single player from the above list remains on the Cowboys roster. In fact, with the exception of Lissemore,  the other picks played a combined total of 12 games for the Cowboys within their brief careers in Dallas. But the Cowboys struck gold in 2005 with the selection of Auburn defensive tackle Jay Ratliff. So superstars can certainly emerge out of the last round in the draft.

Is there a new Ratliff in the Cowboys 2014 Draft Class somewhere? Only time will tell. But we are not particularly looking for four-time Pro Bowlers here. We are looking for the one player who will have the biggest impact on this team in 2014. Here’s the list of the Cowboys newest seventh round selections and our initial evaluations for each.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Ahmad Dixon Ben Gardner Dallas Cowboys Ken Bishop Seventh Round Terrence Williams Will Smith

  • Scott.

    It probably doesn’t say much for the talent pool if more than two or three make the team, but hopefully it will be Bishop and Garner that helps with the def line.

  • Rod Davis

    No way is Gardner a tweener, 6’4″ and 270 puts him on the line. Smart, strong with a lot of athleticism (his pro day results were close to the numbers Jared Allen put up), this guy will not only stick, but he will be a long-time player for the Cowboys.

  • Check Your Facts

    Many consider Gardner a tweener??? Really? Dude played every position on the D-line in college, including DT. He might do the same for us. When have you ever heard of a player who can play DT listed as a tweener who might be moved to LB??? Absolute nonsense.

  • Matty ice

    Ben Gardner is not a tweener i don’t know why that’s even mentioned with him but I think Gardner will be the guy out of all them to show up on Sundays along with the Mitchell kid whom I think will be better than b.w. Webb gonna be interesting to see how much these guys want it..

  • gmk2k

    dallas may have found more then 1gem in the final rd of this draft none of these guys look like 7th rd picks when u watch the tape