Pat Kinnison

Cowboys NFL Draft Preview #3: Free Agents

How many Oklahoma State players will make it into NFL Camps, either mini-camps or training camps? We are predicting 3-6 will be drafted, but check out these guys because we believe as many as 9-10 will be in camps including the free agents.

Tonight's first round will be uneventful for Oklahoma State fans. You can watch the Cleveland drama, see which quarterback is picked first, and see if Jerry Jones and Dallas get a needed pass rusher or needed help in a depleted secondary. There won't be any Cowboys as in Oklahoma State Cowboys going tonight. The guys we are looking at likely won't be going in the Draft at all, but they could be some of the first prospects called late in the Draft on Saturday about becoming priority free agents or get a call a little later about being an undrafted free agent or a rookie camp invitee.

"I'm not going to get a phone call, likely won't be drafted, but I'm glad I did it," tight end prospect and Cowboy back Zac Veatch said on Thursday. "I'm glad I put in the work and I want to get into a camp and take my shot."

Veatch confirmed that after the Alamo Bowl he was inclined to finish his football career, but encouragement from OSU coordinator of strength, speed, and conditioning Rob Glass and Veatch's friend and fellow Cowboy back and NFL prospect Blake Jarwin convinced him, encouraged him to go for it.

Way back in the summer before the 2016 season i had inquired and was told that two teams in the NFL, the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals, had interest in Veatch through the scouting process. They are teams that like jumbo tight ends with an emphasis on blocking ability.

Veatch along with offensive tackle Victor Salako, star (hybrid) linebacker Jordan Burton, and inside linebacker Devante Averette would be players that would be likely called as free agents early in the process. You could also add cornerback Lenzy Pipkins, running back Rennie Childs, safety Derrick Moncrief, defensive tackle Mote Maile, and kicker Ben Grogan would also be players called about reporting to an NFL camp.

Veatch went from jumbo blocking tight end to starting offensive guard to versatile Cowboy back during his Oklahoma State career and he handled them all well. Veatch measured 6-4, 253 pounds and ran a 4.85 in the forty. He had a 4.65 in the 5-10-5 shuttle. Veatch did 25 reps on the bench press test and in drills on OSU's Pro Day he caught the ball and ran the routes really well according to the onlookers from the NFL.

Jordan Burton has had injuries and those could be a concern, but he is also a star linebacker that has safety experience and really could play in either spot in the NFL as he measured 6-2, 217 pounds. He ran a 4.59 in the forty and had a 4.32 in the 5-10-5 shuttle. On the bench press rep test he had 13. Scout liked his drills, but it will be interesting to see what the demand for him will be.

Victor Salako is a big man at 6-5.5 and 316 pounds. Earlier he had measured 6-6 and 335 pounds. The height shows not every measuring tape is the same, but the weight represented hard work as Salako got into better shape for the Pro Day. He tested well with a 23-inch vertical, 24 reps on the bench press test, and a 5.5 in the forty. Salako has tight hips according to some of the scouts, but they also liked the improvement in his feet after he had a pair of bone spurs removed from his foot after his junior season. Salako's phone will ring on Saturday, either before the Draft ends or right as it is concluding.

Derrick Moncrief has excellent size and ran a solid 4.57 in the forty. Rennie Childs came out for Pro Day in great shape and combined an impressive 20 on the bench press rep test with a solid 4.51 in the forty. Mote Maile measured 6-3, 329 pounds and ran a 5.25 in the forty with 27 on the bench press rep test. Word is that Dallas and the Los Angeles Rams have shown interest. Ben Grogan is the Cowboy all-time leading scorer and since his hip surgeries the last two off-season's one on each side he has become stronger. There is reportedly interest from several NFL clubs to at least bring him in and let him kick at their facility during a mini-camp. 

The rush for all of these guys will be on sometime around 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on  Saturday afternoon. 

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