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Cowboys rookie camp: Team excited about draft picks, 5 free agents with draftable grades

The Dallas Cowboys got their first look at their 2019 NFL Draft class with the opening of rookie minicamp on Friday.

The three-day camp is more of a rookie orientation than minicamp as the players will not do any full-speed work in hopes of avoiding injuries. There will be some individual drills and mainly walk through stuff.

The Cowboys are excited about the draft class led by defensive tackle Trysten Hill, the second-round pick out of Central Florida and Connor McGovern, the third-round pick out of Penn State.

They are equally thrilled about the 13 rookie free agents they signed, including five who were on their board with draftable grades.

”We really do feel like we had a really solid draft, then had every bit as good of a college free agency,” vice president Stephen Jones said. “Felt like we got some really good players that can come in here and compete. I just think if you look back on it now and you look at where we are today, I couldn’t feel better about where we are.”

Here is a closer look at the five rookie free agents the Cowboys signed who were on their draft board:

Jalen Guyton, WR, North Texas

Former Allen star who signed with Notre Dame out of high school. Has NFL size and blazing speed (4.35 in the 40). Needs to play stronger and improve route running.

Mitch Hyatt, OL, Clemson

A four-year starter at left tackle, All-America honors and won two national titles in college. Great pedigree. Needs to get bigger and stronger. Projected as a swing tackle.

Chris Westry, CB, Kentucky

A 6-foot-5 cornerback who runs 4.31 in the 40. Wow. An ideal developmental press cornerback right out of the mold of Cowboys secondary coach Kris Richard. He is long and physical and athletic.

Jon’Vea Johnson, WR, Toledo

The 6-foot, 193-pounder ran a 4.38 in the 40. He can take the top off the defense. He caught 32 passes for 660 yards and nine touchdowns in 2018. Needs to work on his hands. But has speed to burn.

Daniel Wise, DT, Kansas

Needs to get bigger and improve technique. But the former Lewisville star was twice named first-team All-Big 12. Can get to the QB. Had 12 sacks the past two seasons. He Is quick off the ball. NFL bloodlines. Brother plays for the Patriots. Dad played for Seahawks.

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Clarence E. Hill Jr. has covered the Dallas Cowboys as a beat writer/columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1997. That includes just two playoff wins, six coaches and countless controversies from the demise of the dynasty teams of the 1990s through the rollercoaster years of the Tony Romo era until Jason Garrett’s process Cowboys.