The Cowboys rounded out their practice squad in 2019 by adding two signatures outside the organization. QB Clayton Thorson and TE Cole Hikutini join the Dallas Eagles and Minnesota respectively.
Thorson was Dane Bruegler's No. 9 QB available in this year's draft and was selected in the fifth round, 1
In his guide to the 2019 draft, Bruegler compared Thorson to Jeff Driskel and emphasized his mobility as an important aspect of his game:
“In general, Thorson projects similar to Jeff Drisell's type from the NFL perspective: a good big-arm athlete with a strong arm and intangible materials, but inappropriate readings and incorrect accuracy design him as more of an NFL traveler than a traveler. "
He first replaced Mike White in the Dallas squad, which similarly was the fifth round of 2018.
The Cowboys' other signing, Hikutini, was originally the 2017 UDFA of the San Francisco 49ers. He was a one-star in Louisville, scored 50 receptions and scored eight touchdowns in his senior year. Brugger projects it as a fourth round this offseason.
He appeared in four games for San Francisco in 2017, catching two passes for 15 yards. The following season, he was dropped and spent all of 2018 in the Vikings practice squad and now finds himself in Dallas after being transferred from TEs by Marcus Lucas and Codey McElroy.