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Cowboys Undrafted Free Agents 2012: Ronald Leary Profile

The second in a continuing series of mini-profiles on the undrafted free agents the Cowboys signed this week.

Dallas signed Memphis guard Ronald Leary in an effort to add some economically sound depth to their offensive line.

A three-year starter at Memphis, Leary was a left tackle much of his career, starting at that position in all 24 games through 2009 and 2010. However, in his senior season, injuries on the line forced him to move to right guard for the final six games, a position he is more suited for at the next level due to his size at 6'3 315.

Talent and skill-wise, Leary was projected as a third round pick, but he fell this far due to a chronic knee issue that may require microfracture surgery, a potentially career-ending procedure. Obviously, teams were weary to invest money and a draft pick on a guy who may never play.

But the Cowboys were confident enough to at least bring him in as a free agent. Pending Leary's knee health, this signing could provide a huge jolt for the interior of the offensive line. Dallas believes he could even earn a starting role at guard at some point.

Leary is a very versatile lineman that could even be a possible backup at tackle. If he stays healthy, he adds great depth on the offensive line, and may end up a starter at some point. If his knee fails, it's not a huge loss.

Pro Football Weekly broke down his draft stock earlier in the year:

For all the latest analysis on the Cowboys rookies, stay tuned to the SB Nation Dallas storystream as well as Blogging The Boys.

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