FRISCO, Texas – All through the pre-draft process, it feels like there are players you could be doing more work on.
The Cowboys’ activity in undrafted free agency proves exactly why. On Saturday night, they signed seven different free agents with draftable grades on their board – which should provide even more competition on the roster when this group reports to training camp.
To familiarize myself – and you – with the newcomers, I’ll be brushing up on my tape and writing reports on these guys over the next few days.
Here are my first two reports, starting with a pair of interesting wide receivers.
Name: Jalen Guyton
College: North Texas
- Physically, this is a good looking kid. He also has speed, clocking a 4.39 40-yard dash.
- Plays with some smoothness as a route runner.
- Catches the ball well on the move. He can make things happen with the ball in his hands. Breaks tackles.
- Will create separation with physical play.
- He gets north-south in a hurry. Nice job coming back for the ball.
- Presents himself as a good target.
- Catches the ball in tight spaces. Will adjust to the low ball. Knows how to find space.
- Plays with balance. Does a nice job of driving the defender off the ball. This makes him a handful to deal with.
- Guyton got his start at Notre Dame before transferring to North Texas. You can see why he had the talent to play at that level.
Name: Jon’Vea Johnson
- Another burner with 4.39 speed, Johnson lines up both inside and out.
- You see nice initial quickness in his routes. Sharp out of his breaks.
- Catches the ball in his hands well.
- Can cover some ground. He gets into his routes in a hurry. Finds space in his routes.
- Johnson is smooth, too. He turns naturally.
- I see a lot of composure and willingness in his game. He’ll adjust to balls thrown behind him, and he’ll go up for balls thrown above his head.
- At this point in his career, he is much better playing on the outside than running routes inside.
- Outstanding when it comes to double-moves. He excels at setting cornerbacks up.
- Can run through coverages.
- If he has an area where he struggles, it is with contested passes. Didn’t come up with a high number of those.
- He’ll need to develop his strength and willingness as a blocker. Right now he’s more of a “get in the way” blocker.