Early yesterday morning we put up our BTB Pre-Draft Visit Tracker
. During the course of the day, a number of names were added to the list:
After the break we have a brief rundown of the 20 national prospects tentatively identified as visiting the Cowboys this week and a few early thoughts on what the names could mean.
Here's the list of national prospects whom the Cowboys will likely have had in for a visit by the end of the week. National Visits CBSSports Rank Player Pos. School Proj. Round Source
12 Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State 1 Fletcher Cox
13 Dontari Poe DT Memphis 1 Star-Telegram
14 David DeCastro OG Stanford 1 Star-Telegram
17 Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama 1 Scout.com
21 Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama 1 ESPN
22 Cordy Glenn OG Georgia 1 ESPN
29 Mark Barron SS Alabama 1-2 ESPN
34 Doug Martin RB Boise State 1-2 Scout.com
39 Amini Silatolu OG Midwestern State 1-2 Detroit Free Press
49 Peter Konz C Wisconsin 2 Draftinsider
64 Ronnell Lewis OLB Oklahoma 2-3 Tulsaworld
78 Casey Hayward CB Vanderbilt 2-3 Twitter
78 Jeff Allen OT Illinois 4 Twitter
195 Chris Greenwood CB Albion 6 Detroit News
197 Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma 6 Scout.com
250 Lionel Smith CB Texas A&M 7 Scout.com
303 D.J. Campbell FS California 7-FA NFLdraftscout
412 Korey Toomer ILB Idaho UDFA Tony Pauline
420 Ronald Leary OG Memphis UDFA Memphis Tigers
n.a. Chase Baker NT Boise State UDFA Twitter
Couple of quick thoughts:
- If the CBSSports prospect rankings are anything to go by, it doesn't look like the Cowboys are going to trade up. Noticeable by their absence (so far) are potential top ten picks like CB Morris Claiborne, DE Quinton Coples, OLB Melvin Ingram and even ILB Luke Kuechly. In fact, it looks much more likely that the Cowboys are preparing for the possibility of trading down.
- Also, note that the Cowboys have invited OG David DeCastro, OG Cordy Glenn, OG Amini Silatolu and OC Peter Konz. In addition they've had Bill Callahan conduct private workouts with OG/OC Kevin Zeitler together with Peter Konz. The Cowboys have covered every single interior lineman in the top 50 of this year's draft prospects. I would guess that one of those five guys will find himself in a Cowboys jersey before the end of the month.
- And for as much as Cowboys fans have discussed ways to improve the pass rush, the list above is remarkable for its lack of pass rushers. Whitney Mercilus indicated earlier in the month that he was talking to the Cowboys about a possible visit, but I hope that by the time the list fills up, we'll be able to add the likes of Shea McClellin, Nick Perry, Bruce Ingram or Vinny Curry to the list.
- What's up with the number-two rated running back coming in for a visit?
- Going through the twitter timelines of CB Stephon Gilmore (@BumpNrunGilm0re) and CB Jeremy Lane (@STAYINGINMYLANE) seems to indicate they were in Dallas yesterday, but it's not clear whether they were visiting the Cowboys. Either way, the Cowboys already have five croners comng in (four national prospects and Chris Greenwood as a local prospect). That's a lot of corners, but outside of Dre Kirkpatrick (and perhaps Gilmore), the corners the Cowboys have brought in so far are third- to late round prospects.
All of this of course can and probably will change once the full list of names becomes available, but it could also be a first glimpse at how the Cowboys' draft strategy could be shaping up. Also, tip o' the ole hat to BTB member sgitr
who has been doing most of the legwork on hunting down these prospect visits.