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Reviewing the Cowboys’ rookie performances in 2014

Zack Martin, the Cowboys’ top draft pick in 2014 at No. 16 overall, was a starting guard from Day One.
Zack Martin, the Cowboys’ top draft pick in 2014 at No. 16 overall, was a starting guard from Day One. Star-Telegram

Five of the Cowboys’ nine draft picks got on the field this season. Defensive end Ben Gardner spent the season on injured reserve, and linebacker Will Smith spent time on the practice squad. Two other draft picks, safety Ahmad Dixon and cornerback Terrance Mitchell, were cut before the season began.

Player

Pos.

College

Acquired

Comment

Zack Martin

OG

Notre Dame

1st round

The only rookie in the league to make All-Pro. He allowed one sack.

DeMarcus Lawrence

DE

Boise State

2nd round

After missing most of the year with a broken foot, he had a sack, a forced fumble and two recoveries in the wild-card game.

Anthony Hitchens

LB

Iowa

4th round

He started 11 games, played all three linebacker positions, took 531 defensive snaps and made 100 tackles.

Devin Street

WR

Pittsburgh

5th round

He caught two passes for 18 yards, playing 148 offensive snaps and none on special teams.

Ben Gardner

DE

Stanford

7th round

He spent the season on injured reserve after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Will Smith

LB

Texas Tech

7th round

He spent seven weeks on the practice squad.

Ken Bishop

NT

Northern Illinois

7th round

He spent most of the year on the practice squad. But he played 22 snaps at Green Bay and played in three regular-season games.

Dustin Vaughan

QB

West Texas A&M

Free agent

He made the roster as a developmental quarterback.

Donald Hawkins

OT

Texas

Free agent

Inactive most of the season, he played one special teams snap this season.

Keith Smith

LB

San Jose State

Free agent

He played in 10 games, mostly on special teams, after going up and down from the practice squad.

Tyler Patmon

CB

Oklahoma State

Free agent

He played 71 defensive snaps and 90 special-teams snaps. Returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown vs. Arizona.

Davon Coleman

DT

Arizona State

Free agent

He played 52 snaps in two regular-season games.

Chris Boyd

WR

Vanderbilt

Free agent

He spent the past six weeks on the practice squad.

Chris Whaley

DT

Texas

Free agent

He spent the season on the reserve/non-football injury list.

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