Dallas Cowboys Rookie Minicamp: Day One Reactions

Dallas Cowboys Rookie Minicamp: Day One Reactions

The Dallas Cowboys‘ The rookie minicamp kicked off on Friday, and a handful of players are already turning their heads in style after the first full day of practice.

Minicamp included a number of undrafted free agents alongside the Cowboys’ nine draft picks.

Here are the initial reactions to the Cowboys rookies.

Tyler SmithOT, tulsa

The Cowboys selected Smith with their only first-round pick at 24th overall. On Friday, the 21-year-old forward signed a four-year contract worth $13.38 million fully guaranteed.

teed with a fifth year option. Smith did most of his reps on the left guard — for the first time since high school — during initial practice.

“It was good, I’m not even going to lie,” Smith said. “You surprise yourself sometimes. It was a great feeling. It was a change, for sure. But I felt like, today, I really overcame the challenge. Of course, there’s more to improve – I even realize that, just in It’s all different. But having Coach Philbin and Coach Blasko teaching me and guiding me through the steps, they’re doing a great job updating me.”

Sam WilliamsIN, Ms

Mike McCarthy was raving about Williams — the Cowboys’ second-round pick at 56th overall as his replacement for Randy Gregory — after the first practice of the rookie minicamp.

“I think we can all agree that Sam Williams looks like a guy who was born to play professional football,” McCarthy said. “He’s got the gifts. He’s got the physiques. He’s had two passing runs today. I know we’re helmet-only, but he was clean on defense. He’s got that kind of ability. He’s in a great place. he’s obviously in an excellent system that he’s definitely going to benefit from. I think he’s going to do extremely well at the beginning for us.”

Jalen TolbertWR, southern alabama

Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore said the Cowboys plan to have Tolbert — Dallas’ third-round selection in 88th overall — try out various positions to see what fits best.

“I’m ready and willing to play in any position,” added Tolbert.

Jake FergusonYOU, Wisconsin

The Cowboys selected Ferguson with the 129th pick in the draft to complement Dalton Schultz. The 23-year-old was picked by the All-Big Ten first-team last year and stands at 180cm and 110kg.

He was one of the last players to leave the field after the first day of practice.

Matt WaletzkoOT, North Dakota

It looks like Terence Steele will be the Cowboys’ long-term answer at right tackle after veteran La’el Collins was released this offseason. Last year’s fourth-rounder Josh Ball and this year’s fifth-round pick Waletzko (#155 overall) are the two players likely to fight for the role of Dallas should Tyron Smith lose time – and the 22nd- One-year-old Waletzko is already working on the minicamp.

Fifth-round teammates DaRon Bland (CB, Fresno State), Damone Clark (LB, LSU) and John Ridgeway (DT, Arkansas) and sixth-rounder Devin Harper (LB, Oklahoma State) were also in the mix at the rookie minicamp, ending on Sunday, followed by OTAs starting May 24.


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