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Don't Laugh: Sometimes Nobodies at Rookie Minicamp Turn Into Somebodies

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Storm Johnson #8 of the UCF Knights runs the ball against Eddie Lackey #5 of the Baylor Bears during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    Tony Romo. Drew Pearson. Bill Bates. Miles Austin.

    Who needs a draft when you can simply sign free agents and turn them into productive – even legendary – players?

    Where the Cowboys might have underwhelmed in past NFL Drafts, they’ve been one of the league’s best teams as far as finding cheap talent off the scrap heap and unknowns in the weeds of small schools. On the current roster for, example, players such as Ben Bass, Cole Beasley, Dan Bailey, Barry Church, Lance Dunbar, Ron Leary and Jeff Heath were all discovered and signed after the bright lights and media attention had disappeared from the draft.

    So don’t discount the no-names at Valley Ranch this weekend when the Cowboys hold their rookie minicamp. You haven’t heard of Maurice Couch or Tyler Patmon or L’Damian Washington. But you might.

    In addition to the nine draft picks, a list of the new faces that will be wearing Cowboys’ helmets beginning tomorrow:

    QB

    Kolton Browning, Louisiana-Monroe
    Dustin Vaughan, West Texas A&M

    RB

    Jyruss Edwards, Louisiana-Monroe
    Josh Harris, Wake Forest
    J.C. Copeland, LSU
    Ben Malena, Texas A&M

    WR

    Robert Armstong, Texas A&M
    Lee Kurfis, Lehigh
    L’Damian Washington, Missouri
    Chris Boyd, Vanderbilt

    TE

    Kaneakua Friel, BYU
    Evan Wilson, Illinois
    Jordan Najvar, Baylor

    OL

    Darius Morris, Temple
    Jarrod Pughsley, Akron
    Josh Aladenoya, Illinois State
    Andre Cureton, Cincinnati
    Ronald Patrick, South Carolina
    Brian Clarke, Bloomsburg
    Gus Handler, Colorado

    LS

    Casey Kreiter, Iowa

    DL

    Dartwan Bush, Texas Tech
    Maurice Couch, Tennessee
    Chris Whaley, Texas
    Joe Windsor, Northern Illinois
    Davin Coleman, Arizona State

    LB

    Eddie Lackey, Baylor
    Caleb Lavey, Oklahoma State
    Keith Smith, San Jose State
    Dontavis Sapp, Tennessee

    CB

    Aaron Foster, Bowling Green
    Tyler Patmon, Oklahoma State
    Dashaun Phillips, Tarleton State
    Jocquel Skinner, Bethel

    S

    Marvin Robinson, Ferris State
    Ryan Smith, Auburn
    Brandon McCladdie, Citadel

    P

    Cody Mandell, Alabama

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.