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Cowboys Sign Both 2016 Fourth-Round Draft Picks; 8 of 9 Picks Now Signed

IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys have moved closer to signing their entire 2016 draft class, reaching deals on Tuesday with fourth-round picks Charles Tapper and Dak Prescott.

Tapper, the 101st overall pick, will compete for playing time as an edge rusher in the Cowboys' defensive line rotation. The three-year college starter produced seven sacks and 10 tackles for loss as a senior at Oklahoma.

Prescott, the 135th overall pick, is the third quarterback drafted by the Cowboys since 2001. He'll develop as a backup behind long-time starter Tony Romo.

A three-year starter and two-time All-American in college, Prescott was one of four players in FBS history to throw 70 touchdown passes and run for 40 touchdowns in his career. He joins a quarterback depth chart behind Romo that includes Kellen Moore, a two-game starter last year while Romo was injured, and Jameill Showers, who spent most of last year on the practice squad.

The Cowboys now have eight of their nine draft picks under contract: Prescott, Tapper, running back Ezekiel Elliott, linebacker Jaylon Smith, cornerback Anthony Brown, safety Kavon Frazier, running back Darius Jackson and tight end Rico Gathers. Only third-round pick Maliek Collins is currently unsigned.

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