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1 undrafted free agent who will be on the Cowboys 2024 roster

Now that the 2024 NFL Draft is well over, it’s time for teams like the Dallas Cowboys to start picking their final 53-man roster.

The Cowboys exited the 2024 NFL Draft with eight picks, which they received in all seven rounds except the fourth. But as with any draft, there will always be players left who didn’t have the luxury of being selected in the seven rounds of the draft.

Dallas didn’t make much noise through veteran free agency and decided they needed to make some more additions by delving into the undrafted free agency pool, where they added 12 players.

Here are all 12 undrafted free agents the Cowboys signed, according to the team’s site:

  • Brevyn Spann-Ford, TE, Minnesota
  • Jason Johnson, LB, UCF
  • Denzel Daxon, DT, Illinois
  • Nathaniel Peat, RB, Missouri
  • Byron Vaughns, DE, Baylor
  • Josh DeBerry, CB, Texas A&M
  • Cam Johnson, WR, Northwestern
  • Emany Johnson, S, Nevada
  • Alec Holler, TE, UCF
  • Julius Wood, S, Eastern Carolina
  • Brock Mogensen, LB, South Dakota
  • Corey Croom, WR, Minnesota

These twelve players now have the opportunity to make a name for themselves and earn a second chance of sorts to make the Cowboys roster and begin their professional careers. However, making the 53-man roster is a long shot, with each of these undrafted free agents having to go through things like mini-camps and OTAs before the 2024 NFL season kicks off in early September.

Looking at all twelve undrafted free agents the Cowboys have picked up, there are a few players who could easily find their way onto the roster based on positional needs alone. Remember, this is a Cowboys team that is rebuilding a bit after losing a lot in free agency. But if we had to pick just one to make the 53-man roster on the penultimate Tuesday before the regular season starts, it would probably be Illinois defensive tackle Denzel Daxon.

Illinois’ Denzel Daxon has the best chance to make the Cowboys’ 53-man roster

Denzel Daxon is a former three-star recruit who spent his first two years of playing time at Ohio University before transferring to Illinois for his senior season.

“I have this opportunity with the Dallas Cowboys to prove that I can be a good part of the organization and help them win games and possibly make the 53-man roster,” Daxon told The Tribune. “This is a good opportunity for me, so I feel pretty blessed about it, but this is just the beginning.”

The 6-foot-1, 335-pounder played in 14 total games between Ohio and Illinois, tallying one sack for his career. Last season he recorded a total of 27 tackles and 0.5 for a loss. He was best known as a run stopper for the Illini.

However, there is some concern that Daxon has little football experience. Growing up in the Bahamas, he could not play football and could only participate in basketball and track and field. It wasn’t until he turned 17 and moved to Miami that he was finally able to participate in the sport of football. But it didn’t take long for him to get Power Five offers once he started playing.

Besides the potential upside and run-stopping ability of the now 25-year-old, what gives Daxon the best chance to make the Cowboys’ 53-man roster is his position. Defensive tackle is one of the weakest positions on the entire roster. Dallas lost both Johnathan Hankins and Neville Gallimore to free agency, leaving Osa Odighizuwa, Mazi Smith, Chauncey Golston and Justin Rogers. And the only proven player currently on the roster is Osa Odighizuwa.