The Undrafted Free Agents

The Cowboys were in talks with 3 former college football players on Monday, one of them is Clemson Quarterback Woodrow Dantzler, who will likely battle it out with Michael Wiley at running back once he signs a contract. Dantzler was one of the most underrated skill position players in major college football last season.

Clemson quarterback Woody Dantzler, who is the only player in the history of college football to pass for over 2,000 and rush for over 1,000 yards in one season, appears to be ready to sign with the Cowboys.

However, as of 4:40 Central Time today, Dantzler has yet to return a signed contract to Valley Ranch.

Dantzler, who was a quarterback at Clemson, will likely make the transition to running back in the NFL. He has decent size at 5'11, 210 lbs, and outstanding quickness. He has the ability to simply make defenders look helpless against him in the open field, which is why many scouts think that he could be worth taking a good hard look at as a free agent.

Dantzler essentially ran the same offense at Clemson as Tampa Bay Bucs QB Shaun King did at Tulane. A fast-paced, no huddle style that gave him the ability to read the defense and either attack through the air or on the ground.

He finished the 2001 season by completing 188 of 311 passes for 2,360 yards and 16 touchdowns. He added an additional 1,004 yards on the ground, and almost single handedly carried the Tigers to wins over #10 Georgia Tech and #24 N.C. State. In each contest, he came close to topping over 500 yards of total offense.

The two other targets looking at Dallas are SMU OT Joey Slaten and Iowa State RB Ennis Haywood.

Haywood (5'11, 220) is another tough running back that could have gone as high as the fifth round this past weekend. He tends to be more of run-you-over type of back that likes to lower his pads and force contact.

His main drawback is lack of pure speed. He has been clocked as slow as 4.7 in the 40-yard dash, and he doesn't show great quickness in the open field.

His hometown is Dallas, and the Cowboys have certainly looked favorably on that before. No word yet on a formal contract offer. Haywood hit the century mark in 6 games last season, including one 200-yard performance against Ohio University.

Joey Slaton is an enormous offensive tackle out of Southern Methodist University. At 6'6, 309 lbs, most scouts just like his size. He was a fifth year senior for the Mustangs and an outstanding run blocker.

Slaton would likely need to work on his general quickness and overall strength to make it in the NFL. Most experts had him pegged as a top 30 offensive lineman entering the NFL draft this past weekend. Sources have indicated that he has agreed to a contract with Dallas.

The Cowboys have also apparently agreed to terms with two specialists, PK Bill Cundiff of Drake, and Punter Filip Filipovic of South Dakota.

Texas defensive tackle Maurice Gordon has also agreed to a contract. This is the latest information we have as of Monday evening.

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