Dallas Cowboys surprised many experts last year when they didn't select Johnny Manziel in the first round of the draft and this year they again surprised experts when they decided against drafting any offensive players in the 2015 NFL Draft.
There is no doubt that the Cowboys' weakness lied on the defensive side of the ball, but after losing league-leading running back DeMarco Murray in free agency to rivals Philadelphia Eagles, it was expected that the Cowboys would invest at least one of their picks on a new running back.
However, the draft came and went and all Dallas did was increase the talent of their defense. One week removed from the draft though, and the Cowboys have now significantly improved their offensive line even further with the addition of former first round prospect and undrafted free agent La'el Collins.
Not only have the Cowboys improved their running game by signing a rookie that is a dominant run blocker, they have signed a player who wanted desperately to be a Cowboy, as he explained shortly after signing.
"I just want to thank God for this opportunity," Collins said to open his introductory press conference. "This opportunity sitting here in front of this organization, everything that it stands for, everything that these guys are trying to build here. I feel like I represent. I feel like I fit in. I had the opportunity to choose from 32 teams where I wanted to be. I wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy."
Every signing of a player, particularly young, comes with a warning or a disclaimer of sorts, but no more so than Collins.
The whole reason that Collins went undrafted was because of the fact that police wanted to speak to him about the murder of his ex-girlfriend and her baby. But he was not named as a suspect by police and he could well prove to be a coup for the Cowboys should he survive the scrutiny.
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