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Dallas Cowboys work out group of UFL players led by 2 former NFL first-round draftees

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The Dallas Cowboys had a busy start to the week.

The team hosted four United Football League players for workouts Tuesday. Among the group were two former NFL first-round draftees in cornerbacks Gareon Conley and Deandre Baker.

Linebackers Noah Dawkins and Willie Harvey Jr. rounded out the bunch.

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All four players will soon become eligible to sign an NFL contract as the UFL season officially ends Sunday. The league’s championship game pits the USFL conference champion Birmingham Stallions against the San Antonio Brahmas, who won the XFL conference title.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Monday that Harvey, who last played for the St. Louis Battlehawks, would be in North Texas for a scheduled workout. He was one of the UFL’s most productive defenders, closing out the 2024 campaign as its leading tackler.

Dallas fans most likely remember Baker from his time in the NFC East. He was selected by the New York Giants with the 30th overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft and was released about a year later following an arrest in Florida. Baker last suited up for the D.C. Defenders in 2024, posting 22 total tackles with three pass breakups and one forced fumble.

Like Baker, Conley landed on the UFL’s Defenders after starting his career in the NFL. Conley was drafted by the Oakland (now Las Vegas) Raiders with the 24th overall pick in 2017. He posted 25 total tackles, five pass deflections, two interceptions and one fumble recovery in 2024.

Dawkins, meanwhile, played for the Michigan Panthers this spring. He closed out the season with 39 tackles, three tackles for loss, two pass deflections and one fumble recovery.

The Cowboys have a strong history with players making the jump from spring football to the NFL. KaVontae Turpin and Brandon Aubrey are among their standouts with previous USFL experience.

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