Former Iowa State quarterback-turned-linebacker Joel Lanning has signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.
The former Cyclone star joins two former teammates in tackle Jake Campos and wide receiver Marchie Murdock, who both signed with Dallas over the weekend.
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The Cowboys made linebacker an emphasis in the draft, taking Boise State’s Leighton Vander Esch in the first round and Indiana’s Chris Covington in the sixth round. Lanning, who was once considered a possible late-round pick in the 2018 draft, is a good value as an undrafted signee and will add even more depth at the position.
Lanning was named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America in 2017 after amassing 114 total tackles, 6 sacks and an interception in his first full season on defense. He also played occasional snaps at quarterback, rushing for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns and completing 3 of 4 passes with another touchdown. Before moving to linebacker in 2017, Lanning started 14 games at quarterback over the previous two seasons.
It’s not a stretch to project Lanning as a contributor on Dallas’ special teams because of his athleticism.
Dallas will hold its rookie mini-camp May 11-13.