Cowboys Rookies Taking Exciting Next Step on Monday

The Dallas Cowboys' latest rookie class took a massive step regarding their respective NFL journeys on Monday.
Members of the Cowboys' 2024 rookie class took a big step on Monday.
Members of the Cowboys' 2024 rookie class took a big step on Monday. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys' latest rookie class is facing more pressure than first-year groups in recent seasons. After all, the Cowboys barely made any moves once free agency opened, instead opting to use the 2024 NFL Draft as their main method to recruit talent before attempting to end the franchise's Super Bowl drought next season.

With the pressure continuing to mount as Week 1 nears, Cowboys fans are, unsurprisingly, excited to see what the latest crop of rookies can do. After the fanbase was given a taste of the future with last week's training camp, this year's rookie class took its next step on its NFL journey on Monday.

Cowboys News: Rookies Share Practice Field with Veterans

Dallas Morning News' Michael Gehlken reports that the Cowboys' rookie and veteran players shared the field during Monday's practice. Although the rookies didn't see too much work, it's an important first step when it comes to integrating them with Dallas' returning players.

Gehlken added that the Cowboys' rookies kept things simple for the monumental moment. There was more of a "walkthrough pace" to the practice as the coaches focused "more on technique and playbook install." Things are expected to kick into the next gear when the franchise's organized team activities (OTAs) begin on Tuesday, May 21.

The Cowboys received a youthful injection at last month's draft, leaving Detroit with eight new rookies. Jerry Jones & Co. did well at addressing both sides of the ball as four draft picks were used on offensive prospects while the other half brought in a new quartet of defenders.

Oklahoma's Tyler Guyton was the Cowboys' highest draft pick, being taken 29th overall following a trade with the Detroit Lions. Fellow offensive linemen Cooper Beebe (Round 3, Pick 73) and Nathan Thomas (Round 7, Pick 233) join Guyton on the quest to protect Dak Prescott while former Southeast Missouri State wideout Ryan Flournoy (Round 6, Pick 216) serves as a potential weapon.

Meanwhile, defensive lineman Marshawn Kneeland is Dallas' highest drafted rookie defender, having been taken at Pick No. 56. The Cowboys also added linebacker Marist Liufau (Round 3, Pick 87), defensive back Caelen Carson (Round 5, Pick 174), and DL Justin Rogers (Round 7, Pick 244).

After a strong draft showing, it's safe to say that the future looks bright in the Lone Star State. With OTAs looming, the Cowboys currently hold the eighth-best Super Bowl LIX odds (+1500) on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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