The NFL hasn't drafted a player from SMU since 2014 but that doesn't mean players don't get second chances.
On May 8, former SMU defensive end Zach Wood participated in a rookie mini camp with the Dallas Cowboys. Wood worked out as a defensive end and long snapper.
He wasn't offered a free-agent contract but he's optimistic that he can earn one. For now, he just has to wait for that call.
"It’s hard to say," he said to Ponyfans.com "Obviously, I hope to make it. There’s another long snapper (Brandon Hartson) in here who has been in the league for a couple of years — he’s a cool guy. What’s tough is that that’s all he’s doing — deep snapping. That takes time away from me, in a way, because I’m working with the defense, too, while he’s just deep snapping."
As a senior, Wood notched 39 tackles, 9.5 of those for a loss and 3.5 sacks. His career total for tackles is 122 and 22 for a loss.