IRVING, Texas (AP/CBSDFW.COM) – Former Texas defensive tackle Chris Whaley and running back Ben Malena of Texas A&M are among 24 undrafted free agents signed by the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday.
Whaley followed the same path to the NFL as new teammate Henry Melton. Both were recruited to Texas as running backs and became defensive linemen. Melton signed with the Cowboys as a free agent after starting for Chicago.
Malena was one of the running backs behind quarterback Johnny Manziel with the Aggies.
The Cowboys signed five offensive linemen, four defensive backs and three linebackers. They added a fourth quarterback in West Texas A&M’s Dustin Vaughan.
With nine draft picks, Dallas is adding 33 rookies to the roster. The Cowboys released six veterans to make room for them.
Here is a complete list of the undrafted rookie free agents the Cowboys have signed:
Josh Aladenoye (T) Illinois State
Chris Boyd (WR) Vanderbilt
Brian Clarke (G) Bloomsburg
Davon Coleman (DT) Arizona State
JC Copeland (FB) LSU
Andre Cureton(G) Cincinnati
Casey Kreiter (LS) Iowa
Ben Malena (RB) Texas A&M
Cody Mandell (P) Alabama
Glasco Martin (RB) Baylor
Jordan Najvar (TE) Baylor
Ronald Patrick (G) South Carolina
DaShaun Phillips (CB) Tarleton State
Jarrod Pughsley (G) Akron
Marvin Robinson (S) Ferris State
Dontavis Sapp (LB) Tennessee
Jocquel Skinner (CB) Bethel – Tennessee
Keith Smith (LB) San Jose State
Ryan Smith (S) Auburn
Dustin Vaughan (QB) West Texas A&M
L’Damian Washington (WR) Missouri
Chris Whaley (DT) Texas
Evan Wilson (TE) Illinois
Joe Windsor (LB) Northern Illinois
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