Dallas Cowboys: What can we determine from the pre-draft visits?

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 19: Rashaan Evans /

With the current list of prospects set  to visit the Dallas Cowboys as part of their annual 30 pre-draft visits, what can we take away from the list?

The Dallas Cowboys are believed to have approximately 20 prospects currently on their pre-draft visit schedule. That number consists of both confirmed, scheduled visits and players that are highly likely to visit based on position/need and previous interactions with the player at the combine and various pro days.

CowboysHQ’s Mike Fisher was able to give a rundown of players by position group and judging by the amount of visits set within a couple specific position groups, the Cowboys plan come draft night is pretty clear.

The Cowboys are ready to host five offensive lineman before the draft. This should be no surprise given the amount of attention they have given this unit since the season ended. Bringing in tackle Cameron Fleming and guard Marcus Martin show their uncertainty with their current left guard situation and their lack of a swing tackle.

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They currently have three linebackers set to visit The Star in Frisco. Linebacker continues to be an area of need for the Cowboys given the anticipated departure of middle linebacker Anthony Hitchens and the always uncertain health of star linebacker Sean Lee.

The Cowboys are hoping their ace in the hole will be now third year player Jaylon Smith. Relying on Smith to potentially be your Mike linebacker is a risky plan given his continued rehab from his devastating knee injury suffered while at Notre Dame. It is understandable the Cowboys wanting to further solidify the current group of linebackers.

Among another heavily targeted group is defensive line where they have another five visits lined up. The Cowboys appear poised to continue their what appears to be never ending pursuit of building a formidable pass rush to go along with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence and tackle David Irving.

The last group to have five scheduled visits is the current class of wide receivers. This pursuit of talented wide receivers is directly linked to the Dez Bryant ongoing saga regarding his contract. The Cowboys are not hiding the fact that upgrading their receiving corps is a top priority this offseason; with or without Bryant.

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These visits speak volumes to what the Cowboys are looking to do when they are on the clock come April 27. Based on the Cowboys recent history of drafting very heavily among their pre-draft visits, it should be very safe to say a couple of these players could end up going into rookie camp with the Cowboys. The question now becomes in what order do the Cowboys value these position groups.