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I went to bed last night at like 8pm last night so I could get some rest for the onslaught of craziness that’s going to be released at 10 am today. Here’s a recap of the undrafted free agent signings that reportedly occurred overnight, keeping in mind that nothing is official until 10am today:
|Team||Player||Pos||School||cbs.com overall||cbs.com position|
|Cowboys||Dan Bailey||K||Oklahoma St.||306||4|
|Cowboys||Mario Butler||CB||Georgia Tech||493||51|
|Cowboys||Lyle Leong||WR||Texas Tech||526||61|
|Cowboys||Chris Randle||CB||Utah St.||N/A (over 750)||79|
|Cowboys||Jose Acuna||OL||Nevada||N/A (over 750)||75|
|Eagles||Cedric Thornton||DT||Southern Arkansas||159||16|
|Eagles||DeAndre Brown||WR||Southern Mississippi||336||39|
|Giants||Jarriel King||OT||South Carolina||381||31|
|Redskins||Shaun Draughn||RB||North Carolina||419||37|
Update – The Cowboys reportedly have also signed OT Laupepa Letuli out of Hawaii.
The prize of this list appears to be DT Cedric Thornton, who was scooped up by the Eagles. Per Tommy Lawlor of Iggles Blitz, here’s how he might fit into Jim Washburn’s wide nine:
Cedric Thornton is a legit prospect with a chance to win a roster spot. Thornton is a small-school prospect, but NFL teams were all over him. Bill Parcells was impressed enough with his play to recommend that agent Jimmy Sexton sign Thornton up as a client. Thornton got an invitation to the Senior Bowl and had a solid showing in Mobile. During the game I thought he had the quickest first step of any of the defensive tackles. He was faster off the ball than some of the ends. That burst would fit in well with the new one-gap style of Jim Washburn. (The Eagles) need players that can get up the field and be disruptive. The rule of thumb with small-school prospects is that they should be dominant. Thornton put up huge numbers in 2009. Teams went out of their way to control him in 2010. Thornton still managed 13 tackles for loss in eight games. He was dominant at his level. He played DE in college, but is absolutely made for DT.
I very much like Thornton’s build. Mike Patterson and Trevor Laws are short DTs. Antonio Dixon is 6’3, but is a widebody. Brod Bunkley has a medium build. Thornton is just a tad over 6’3, but isn’t too thick. He’s made for attacking up the field. I know some of you wonder what to make of a guy from Southern Arkansas, but Thornton did play with elite NFL prospects at the Senior Bowl and more than held his own. Jim Washburn likes DTs with a tall frame and quickness off the ball. Thornton is a good fit for that. Now we have to see how he adjusts to NFL competition. He doesn’t lack ability.
I also think you have to love any player who’s college mascot was the Muleriders.
The Giants snatched a highly regarded FB in Henry Hynoski. I wonder if that takes them out of the Vonta Leach running.
Also interesting was that the Cowboys brought in a kicker, Dan Bailey of Oklahoma St. to compete with David Buehler and Kris Brown. It’s rare to have 3 kickers in camp – I’m wondering if Buehler or Brown will be cut today. Brown is set to make $865,000 this season, and cutting him would be a modest cap savings for the Cowboys.
There’s some dispute over whether or not the Skins actually signed Will Hill, but I really hope they did.