Chris Westry did not hear his name called in the NFL Draft, but he may have found the perfect landing spot.
The former UK cornerback signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent. Westry had other options, but Dallas was calling.
“The first day on my visit, I was like, this has gotta be home,” he told the media after rookie mini-camp practice.
Jerry Jones and the Cowboys’ amazing facilities were not the selling point for Westry. That would be defensive backs coach Kris Richard. A member of Pete Carrol’s Seattle Seahawks staff for eight years, Richard prefers to work with big, long cornerbacks like Westry. His frame and athleticism caught the eye of one team scout on day one.
Chris Westry is an impressive looking kid when it comes to his height. It’s not often that you see a cornerback that’s over 6-4. The challenge for these coaches will be to work with Westry on his ability to open and turn. His legs are so long that he’s not going to look quick doing it. There were a couple of snaps where he was paired with Mike Jackson, who was able to get turned around much quicker than Westry out of his pedal. Jackson is 3 inches shorter, but like Westry he has long legs too.
There are quite a few cuts in-between rookie mini-camp and the season-opener. Westry has gotten off to a good start, but still has a long way to go to make the 53-man active roster.