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NFL draft 2016: Dallas Cowboys sign Wisconsin TE Austin Traylor as UDFA

The fifth-year tight end has been signed by Jerry Jones as an undrafted free agent.

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According to a report, another Wisconsin Badgers tight end will get a chance to play on Sundays.

Austin Traylor will sign with the Dallas Cowboys, per the Wisconsin State Journal's Jason Galloway first reported the news. Galloway received confirmation from Traylor's agent on Saturday. B5Q also received confirmed from his agent later on Saturday evening.

Traylor caught 14 catches for 210 yards and four touchdowns in his lone year under Paul Chryst's pro-style offense, as he missed five games due to an arm injury.

In Bob McGinn's annual scouts notes series, when talking about Austin Traylor, one scout said: "best blocking tight end I saw all year." Traylor was essentially a sixth offensive lineman for the Badgers, who during his senior year became a viable receiving option. Read more from Owen Riese's scouting report of Traylor here.

Traylor, signed by the Cowboys, will likely look to make his living as a blocking tight end and fullback. He lacks anything more than adequate speed, but in a time that team's often don't carry traditional fullbacks, Traylor's versatility will bode well for him moving forward.

With the Cowboys, he's got an uphill battle ahead of him. Other tight ends on the roster include: Jason Witten, Gavin Escobar, James Hanna, Geoff Swaim, and recent draftee Rico Gathers. If Traylor has any chance to catch on, he'll have to be a special teams ace.

In the Cowboys' scheme, Traylor will specialize as a blocking tight end. Traylor is immediately the best blocking tight end on the roster, however he'll have to prove his worth as a receiver if he wants a prayer of sticking in that talented tight end room. Traylor will also be auditioning for other jobs, potentially, so it's important for him to maximize his reps in rookie camp in May.