Dallas Cowboys Sign "Prospect X"; Dubbed Most Overlooked Player In Draft

Undrafted free agent David Durden's path to the Dallas Cowboys showcases the potential for hidden gems in the NFL.

With an impressive collegiate career that took him from Mercer to West Florida, Durden's remarkable skills caught the attention of scouts and earned him a coveted spot with America's Team.

Durden's story began at Mercer, where he initially showcased his talents on the football field. However, it was his decision to transfer to West Florida that proved pivotal in his journey.

At West Florida, Durden's exceptional performances as a wide receiver made waves, despite being overlooked in the draft. His explosive numbers in 2021, including 787 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on just 34 catches, demonstrated his ability to make big plays and find the end zone. In 2022, he took his game to another level, amassing 1,128 receiving yards and setting a school record with 13 touchdowns.

Durden's skills were not limited to offense alone. He also displayed his versatility as a punt returner, averaging an impressive 17.7 yards per return and even scoring a touchdown.

Durden's exceptional performances at West Florida caught the attention of scouts, and he gained recognition as "Prospect X" in a 2,500-word feature that highlighted his phenomenal skills and touted him as a "hidden gem" without mentioning his name, thus leading to his overlooked status in the draft.

Now, as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, Durden faces the challenge of standing out in a crowded wide receiver room.

With competition from his fellow undrafted free agent signings, including Jose Barbon and John Stephens, the battle for roster spots will be fierce. However, Durden's exceptional performance and ability to make big plays provide him with a platform to impress the coaching staff during offseason activities and training camp. Photo Credit: John Blackie/jblackie@pnj.com / USA TODAY NETWORK