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Two area undrafted free agents should get opportunity with Cowboys

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Arlington, TX - The SEC and LSU had more players drafted than any other conference with 49 or school with nine players selected.. But tonight we look at a couple of SEC players who were not selected, but have signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Former LSU fullback J.C. Copeland and Missouri wide receiver L'Damian Washington of Shreveport have signed contracts with the Dallas Cowboys, where our draft expert, the Director of Operations for NFL Scouting Services, Dave-Te Thomas, believes Washington found a good place to land.

"Look at the yardage on that guy. I think it was this year he was close to 19 yards a reception. Blazing speed, good human interest story with the guy too.  I think what you're seeing with the Cowboys right now is, they feel they got to bring in as many weapons as they can for Tony.  You can't go with these possession receivers any more.  The name of the game is you got to open up the airwaves and the only way they're going to do that is with a home run threat. (Q) How much opportunity do you see for L'Damian in Dallas? (A) You know, we were discussing that up here when he went through the draft and I was sitting back saying, you got to be kidding me.  We had a run on wide receivers, 53 of them were taken and Washington wasn't. Uh, it goes back to, maybe somebody didn't do their homework right and somebody in the Dallas office was sitting there saying, 'Please, please, please.' Hopefully he slipped through the draft.  He did.  They got him. The got one of the better pick ups on the free agent market."

Another player Thomas believes will not just make the team, but make a difference is LSU fullback J.C. Copeland, the kind of player who will immediately make DeMarco Murray and the other Dallas backs even better.

"You know Paul, I'm a proponent that the problem they have with today's running backs in the NFL is they have to do it all by themselves.  So many people are using the double tight end formation, the motion tight end, the H-back. These guys cannot get down low.  These guys cannot get their pad level they need to widen the rush lane.  And what happens? Your running back takes too many dings out there on the football field.  Look at the success Emmitt Smith had.  Emmitt Smith is a Hall of Fame running back, I will give him that, but imagine the yardage Emmitt Smith would have left in the backfield without having Moose Johnston blocking for them.  That was a fantastic free agent find for the Dallas Cowboys."

The league is filled with undrafted free agents who have made great careers for themselves.  Two other area players who went undrafted but signed with teams include Anthony Grady of Arkansas High in Texarkana, a defensive end who went to Missouri State and signed with the Jets.. And James Dunbar of Maud High School, an offensive tackle from TCU who signed with the Bears.
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