Think about it, going into each year - we, the intelligible fan base, had a pretty good idea of who we were going to take.
2011: Tyron Smith, attended pro day, visited with team, etc.
2010: Dez Bryant, ditto.
2008: Felix Jones, ditto. Mike Jenkins seemed to be a best corner available kinda deal.
Even guys like Lee, Carter, and some of the 2nd round choices were guys that we really displayed interest in going into the draft. In the sense that we attended their pro days, invited them in, etc.
Bob Sturm discusses it in his most recent blogpost at http:///sturminator.blogspot.com
I know most teams take the guys they do their research on, but Dallas really doesn't bluff very often when it comes around the draft. Last year about a week before the draft, once the top 10 seeemed to lay out and we realized the Cards were taking Peterson and weren't trading, Smith seemed to be the guy. I think someone in the FO leaked it to Mosely way before the draft.
So, the only guy I've heard Jerry & co publically say they like is Poe, but didn't invite him in. So this year IMHO, it seems that we may be trying to smoke screen. Drive his stock up, make a team reach, so our guy falls, who knows. Just something to think about.
I'm starting to think if Decastro or Ingram isn't there at 14 Dallas might slide down and pick up and extra pick, and not really settle with a guy that we don't have a high grade on just because he's there at our pick. If Dallas accumalte 3 picks in the top 46, and continue the theme of taking a 2nd round injury flyer (Lee, Carter, etc) we really could go have a draft that looks like Kirkpatrick, Barron, Konz or Upshaw, Gilmore, Adams or 3 picks between 21-46. Keep your eye out for a trade down scenario, especially if we're stuck with a pick we really don't want to take. I like the idea of stock-piling talent at positions and really churning the roster by competition at positions to keep guys from getting complacent. This is a deep draft in areas we have needs, so I really wouldn't mind getting some bang for our buck - especially if a guy like Tannyhill slips and Cleveland wants to move up. Look out for Detroit or Cleveland on draft day as trade partners, we seem to have a history with them - and they both have picks right where we want to slide down to.
Garrett visisted Alabama personally, probably considering we could take any one of their 3 guys (Upshaw, Kirkpatrick, Barron).
The Cowboys just visisted Wisconsin's pro-day to get a good look at Konz.
I know they were at South Carolina's (Ingram, Gilmore, Jeffrey).
All guys that are seeming to be late late first-early second prospects.
Would you guys be interested in a trade down, if a team is willing to move up?