Unheralded rookie QB has chance to woo Cowboys in training camp

Dalton Sturm
(Photo: Soobum Im, USA TODAY Sports)

“Who in the world is Dalton Sturm?” – You, probably

Although some fans would probably insert an expletive in there for emphasis, considering they’ve been so keyed in on other players who’ve joined the Dallas Cowboys in 2018, there’s something to be said for the team’s ability to land an interesting undrafted free agent more often than not. Sturm, hailing from the University of Texas at San Antonio, was not selected in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Cowboys didn’t waste any time reeling him afterwards though, making him one of their first three undrafted signings immediately following the event.

Having already selected quarterback Mike White in the fifth round, there’s something to be said for the team still opting to grab Sturm later on, particularly considering they also have Cooper Rush in the mix.

Rush, another solid UDFA grab from only a year ago, beat out veteran Kellen Moore — now the team’s QB coach — to take ownership of the backup role behind Dak Prescott. The setup now sees a looming battle at the position slated to blast off in training camp and while most everyone is aware of the Rush-White dynamic, Sturm has been rarely discussed and often overlooked. He doesn’t have the leg up of Rush (one year in) or White (highly coveted by the Cowboys pre-draft), but there’s something about the 6-foot-1, 2016 lb native of Goliad, TX — a town only a few hours south of Dallas.

Sturm is a developmental talent but has good upside, arm-wise, and it doesn’t hurt that his 4.74s 40-yard dash is faster than that of Prescott, Rush or White. Sooner or later in the NFL, as Prescott can attest, a QB will need to put on the burners for health’s sake — and Sturm is now the fastest QB on the Cowboys’ roster. Throw in a 34.5″ vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump bests every other at the position from this past NFL Combine. His measurables alone are strong reason to give him a shot with the Cowboys, and his film only bolsters his case. 

In a recent interview, via Carter Kels of, Roadrunners’ head coach Frank Wilson offers a lot of praise for his former redshirt QB, and couldn’t be more proud of seeing him land in the Metroplex.

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“It gave me chills watching him at practice in a Cowboy uniform,” said Wilson. “It is so special when it is a local, Texas native that gets the opportunity to play for the Cowboys. And so I know that’s a dream come true for him. He’s come such a long way, and that is one young man I would not count out.

“I anticipate him giving everything that he has and being in position to make that football team.”

All in all, it’s still a long shot for Sturm to make the final 53-man roster but, given what the Cowboys have seen, he could impress enough to land on the team’s 10-man practice squad in the event they opt to not carry three QBs (they likely won’t). Sturm delivered 5,775 yards and 49 touchdowns for UTSA so the talent is there, but it must be polished before he can be seen as a true threat to Rush and White. Don’t count him out though, because anything can happen in the NFL.

And that’s half the fun.

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