Dallas Cowboys: 5 Small-school draft prospects you need to know

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What better place for the Dallas Cowboys to search for that hidden gem than Jackson State University where a Dallas Cowboy faithful previously coached. There are a few prospects at this program that Dallas could be interested in later in the draft or during the undrafted period. This prospect, Isaiah Bolden, is a different type of player. Most football fans know his journey didn’t start at JSU. He was a signee with Florida State University.

The talented corner has a very interesting story to say the least. We mentioned he started his collegiate career at FSU under then head coach Willie Taggart. Once the new head coach was in place, he eventually transferred and signed with Deion Sanders with JSU. Just recently, he was selected in the USFL league in the second round. He is technically still eligible for the current draft but if Dallas or any other team decides against him, he has a plan in place.

So why would Dallas select a player like Isaiah Bolden? For one, tall, lanky, athletic cornerbacks who has an affinity for tackling can find a place at the bottom of the sixth or seventh round in the draft. It wouldn’t cost Dallas much and they would get an instant player to help with special teams. He’s played his fair share of special teams at both of his collegiate stops. `

The momentum is starting to move for this prospect. The New England Patriots have him coming in for a sit-down. If Coach Bill Belichick thinks Bolden is worth a 30 visit, maybe he should be on the Dallas Cowboys radar as well.

We need talented corners so every stone should be overturned. Let’s be real. Bolden, to me, is a very interesting prospect. The measurables and athletic testing are very similar to the top prospects in his position. He is 6’1″ 193lbs. His 40-yard dash was 4.38 with a 38″ vertical and a 10’9″ broad jump. If he was invited to the NFL Combine or if he had remained at FSU, he could quite possibly be a name everyone is buzzing about.

Maybe Bolden turns out to be a good special team player but nothing more than that. In today’s NFL, that is a very valuable piece of the puzzle.