UFAs: Can Any Break Through?

As the Cowboys open camp Wednesday in San Antonio, they have many of the familiar faces back from last year, the draft choices they picked in April, and a handful of undrafted free agents. Among the 14 in camp, who has a chance to make the team? Hard to say, but here's five worth an extra look:

Making an NFL team is hard for anyone, from a proven veteran to a highly drafted rookie. No matter how talented a player is, there always is another player out there, waiting his chance, and chances are he's almost just as big, just as strong and just as fast. The difference in actual physical talent between the best team in the NFL and the worst is extremely small.

The players who go undrafted usually have something that's not quite right: an extra tenth of a second on their 40-yard dash time, a rep or two on the bench press, or even worse, a significant injury history.

As the Cowboys open camp Wednesday in San Antonio, they have many of the familiar faces back from last year, the draft choices they picked in April, and a handful of undrafted free agents. Among the 14 in camp, who has a chance to make the team? Hard to say, but here's five worth an extra look:

5. QB Matt Moore
For much of the second day of the April draft, Moore was on Mel Kiper's list of "best players still available." To say Kiper is prone to hyperbole is really selling him short, but he made it sound like every NFL team was making its picks and ignoring the fact that John Elway or at least Jon Kitna was still on the board. Moore is a good-sized (6-3, 192) passer with a fairly strong arm (although not Elway-esque) and decent mobility. In his last two years at Oregon State, Moore completed about 60 percent of his 732 passes for 5,733 yards, 29 touchdowns in the second-toughest conference (the Pac-10) in the country. However, he also has a little playground style to him, sometimes taking off with the ball or forcing a pass … hence the 26 interceptions during the same period. Another concern: 60 sacks over two years. That could be viewed as a concern for his long-term medical future, or a tribute to his toughness and durability.

4) DT Ola Dagunduro
For a man of his size, Dagunduro has surprising quickness and mobility. He's one of those "high motor" guys that every team wants, and has traditional Nebraska strength. In the Cowboys' 3-4 alignment, Jason Ferguson is the unquestioned starter. Montavious Stanley has a similar build, and improved significantly toward the end of last year after an inauspicious start that led to him getting cut and later re-signed. How many DTs the Cowboys keep will determine Dagunduro's chances, of course. Jay Ratliff can play inside or at DE, so his versatility gives him an edge. Dagunduro's main competition likely will come from Remi Ayodele â€" Akin's "little" (6-2, 300 pounds) brother.

3) TE Rodney Hannah
The University of Houston product drew a lot of "who's that guy?" questions from assorted media and onlookers at the team's OTA and mini-camp after the draft. At 6-6 and 256 pounds, Hannah has the size to be a serviceable blocker, but he also has excellent wheels for a large TE. If he was a more polished blocker, he would have been draftable. As it is, Hannah â€" who evokes images of former Tampa Bay/Green Bay TE Jackie Harris when he runs routes would have to make the team based on his receiving ability and a willingness to play special teams. With whispers that Anthony Fasano might not live up to his second-round billing, Hannah could beat out the former Golden Domer. Finances say it's not likely, of course, but it's possible.

2) WR Jerard Rabb
The Boise State product is in the same mold as young Dallas WRs Miles Austin and Sam Hurd, aned if he makes the team, one of them likely will lose a job. (Because of Austin's ability on special teams, Hurd would be the odds-on favorite.) Rabb is a step faster than Austin and maybe two steps faster than Hurd, and has excellent body control. He won't always make the acrobatic catch that Hurd, especially, has a knack to make, but he will go up and fight for contested passes and often come down with it. Once he hits the ground, he could be the team's best after-the-catch runner outside of Terrell Owens; as a senior at Boise State, he averaged nearly 16 yards per catch.

1) RB Jackie Battle
Battle is listed on the Dallas roster at 238 pounds. Based on how he looked as a senior at the University of Houston, and in the Cowboys' OTA and mini-camp, it was suggested that his weight was taken in his junior year of high school. Battle is an extremely powerful runner, but he also has surprising quickness for a guy his size. He considers himself a running back, not a fullback. He has been timed in the 4.4s for the 40-yard dash and would have been viewed in college as exceptionally speedy if he wasn't sharing carries with RB Anthony Alridge, who runs in the low 4.3s and torched many teams with his sensational speed. Battle ended up being the heavy-hitting half of a "Thunder and Lightning" backfield for the Cougars. In Dallas, he just might fit: he can (and would have to) play special teams. He can block like a pulling guard. He has surprising speed and would be a nice addition to the Dallas special teams and backfield. If Julius Jones ends up getting himself shipped out of town, Battle would be a great complement to Marion Barber.

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