Aztecs tight end David Wells, cornerback Kameron Kelly sign as free agents with Dallas Cowboys

Apr 28, 2018 | by Kirk Kenney, The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego State tight end David Wells knew the Dallas Cowboys were interested in him before the NFL Draft. Dallas and Philadelphia were the two teams that had predraft workouts with Wells.

SDSU cornerback Kameron Kelly grew up in Murphy, Texas, less than an hour drive from Dallas’ AT&T Stadium. So Kelly was only too eager for an opportunity to go home.

Wells and Kelly didn’t wait long to find a team Saturday after going undrafted. Both players agreed to sign with the Cowboys mere minutes after the three-day draft’s conclusion.

“Once it got to the seventh round,” Wells said, “my agent and I were trying to figure out what was going to be the best fit for me as a free agent.

“Obviously, it was a long, stressful day, but at the end of it I’m very happy where I ended up and I definitely think I signed with the right team.”

On Friday, reports emerged that Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will end his 15-year career to move into the broadcast booth on Monday Night Football.

Wells, a 6-foot-6, 256-pound senior from Clovis, is intent on taking advantage of the opportunity. Among those he will be competing with for the position are Stanford tight end Dalton Schultz, who was drafted Saturday by Dallas in the fourth round.

Wells had a breakout season for SDSU as a junior. Over the past two years, he caught 34 passes for 427 yards and six touchdowns and was respected for his blocking skills in SDSU’s run-dominated offense.

This is the second time in six years the Cowboys have looked to SDSU for a tight end. In 2013, Dallas used a second-round pick to select the Aztecs’ Gavin Escobar, who spent four seasons with the Cowboys and now is with Miami.

Wells said he is excited to have Kelly join him in Dallas.

Kelly replaced SDSU standout Damontae Kazee at cornerback last season and stood out as well, finishing among SDSU’s leaders in 2017 with 68 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks.

“A lot of teams looked at me as a straight safety when they watched me work out,” Kelly said after SDSU’s Pro Day last month. “Now the teams are seeing that I could play corner, that my hips are pretty fluid.

“I’ve been telling teams I’m not a drill guy, I’m a football player.”