It's going to be a busy weekend for the Dallas Cowboys scouts, as they visit no less than five games today.
Chris Steuber regularly tweets which NFL Scouts officially visit which college games. He confirms that Cowboys scouts will attend at least these five games over the weekend:
- Louisiana-Monroe at Iowa, Saturday, 12:00 pm (ET)
- No. 7 Oklahoma State at No. 8 Texas A&M, Saturday, 3:30 pm (ET)
- UCLA at Oregon State, Saturday, 3:30 pm (ET)
- No. 10 Oregon at Arizona, 10:15 pm (ET)
- No. 23 USC at Arizona State, 10:15 pm (ET)
As tempting as it would be to think the Cowboys are attending the Oklahoma State game because they have their eyes set on WR Justin Blackmon, the reality is that the Cowboys are likely to be looking at defensive help in the draft this year.
It doesn't come as a big surprise that the Cowboys are attending games that feature nation's no. 1 and no. 2 ranked free safeties in USC's T.J. McDonald and Oklahoma State's Markelle Martin. CBSSports.com has these players ranked as the top prospects at their positions. After the break, we use CBSsports 2012 draft prospects rankings to figure out who else the Cowboys may be looking at in the games the Cowboys scouts are attending.
Using the CBSsports rankings, and eliminating all offensive players, leads to an interesting observation: Of the top eight defensive prospects the Cowboys could be looking at in today's games, seven are defensive backs. Only one is a linebacker, and I'm not sure he fits the RKG profile the Cowboys are looking for.
Possible Cowboys scouting candidates (click column header to sort)
|Proj. Round||Player||Pos.||Overall Rank||Pos. Rank||School||Wt.||Ht.||40 time|
|1-2||*T.J. McDonald||FS||32||1||Southern California||205||6-2||4.54|
|1-2||*Vontaze Burfict||ILB||45||5||Arizona State||250||6-3||4.67|
|2||Markelle Martin||FS||46||2||Oklahoma State||198||6-1||4.47|
|2||Coryell Judie||CB||49||8||Texas A&M||190||5-11||4.48|
|4||Omar Bolden||CB||113||14||Arizona State||195||5-10||4.49|
All data: cbssports.com, * Junior, ** out with torn ACL suffered in spring training
So if this list is anything to go by, watch the defensive backs carefully as you watch the college games today. One of those guys may be a future Cowboy.
Feel free to contribute players I may have missed.