Dallas Cowboys: 30 visits by projected draft round
Of the reported college prospects that have or will pay a visit to the Dallas Cowboys, which round in the upcoming NFL Draft are they expected to be chosen?
Like every NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys are allotted 30 official visits to schedule with college football prospects. This gives the Cowboys an opportunity to get to know these players better, ones they may still have some questions about (after months of scouting) and might be hoping to add to their roster later this month.
In fact, this list of 30 visitors can be very telling. The majority of the Cowboys’ first round selections have made pre-draft visits, which makes sense as it’s the team’s most important pick.
So there is a good chance Dallas’ 2018 first round selection, which is 19th overall, has already made the trip to Frisco to visit the Cowboys front office and coaching staff at The Star.
Although an official list of all 30 visits is not made available to the public, The Blitz on DallasCowboys.com did reveal 24 prospects that have or will reportedly visit The Star in Frisco soon. Here is that list of names and the draft round they are expected to be selected by.
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Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
James Daniels, C/OG, Iowa
Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Daron Payne, DT, Alabama
Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
Arden Key, Edge, LSU
Nyheim Hines, RB, N.C. State
Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech
Tracy Walker, S, Louisiana
Tarvarius Moore, S, Southern Miss
Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida
Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa
Cole Madison, OG, Washington State
Breeland Speaks, DL, Ole Miss
Kyzir White, S, West Virginia
Des Harrison, OT, West Georgia
Ito Smith, RB, Southern Miss
So what can we gleam from the above list? Obviously the Cowboys believe they have glaring needs at the wide receiver position and along their offensive line. Linebacker and defensive tackle seem to be a heavy focus in the first round as well.
The Cowboys also seem to covet the safety position starting at the third round. And a speedy running back to pair with Ezekiel Elliott will be a consideration later in the draft.
Honestly, this list doesn’t really tell us anything new. Despite their various free agency additions, I believe the Cowboys have left themselves in the favorable position of getting to draft the best player available when their number is called instead of having to fill specific needs.
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That being said, the Dallas Cowboys own 10 picks in this draft. I believe with absolute certainty the Cowboys will be trading up in this draft to take a player or two they really love. Considering that, and the fact the event is being held in Arlington for the first time, this should be a fun one to watch.