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.