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The Cowboys add two top-tier offensive linemen to their growing list of players they plan on bringing in for official pre-draft visits.
The Cowboys may or may not end up drafting and offensive lineman in the 2013 draft, but you can't accuse them of not doing their due diligence on the available linemen, two of whom we now officially know about:
Gil Brandt of NFL.com tweeted earlier today that Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker has a workout scheduled with the Cowboys:
Fluker projects as a right tackle in the NFL, and he would help the Cowboys address a glaring need at right tackle where Doug Free has disappointed for two years and is set to earn $7 million in 2013.
Fluker has not received the amount of attention the top three left tackle prospects Joeckel, Johnson and Fisher have garnered - also in Cowboys fans circles - but most draft services project him as the top right tackle in the draft.
Another lineman who has apparently received an invitation for a pre-draft visit to Valley Ranch is Fluker's fellow Alabama lineman, offensive guard Chance Warmack.
Alabama had its Pro Day on Wednesday, and reports are that Warmack performed well at the various position drills, although he didn't overly impress in the measured drills, running 4.97 short shuttle and recording a 24.5" vertical jump.
In a statement prepared by Alabama Athletics, Warmack shared his thoughts on his performance at the Pro Day and on whether he thinks he helped his draft stock:
"I felt good. I don’t really know what numbers I put up on the actual drills or anything, but I felt like I was in shape. I felt light. I weighed in pretty good, so I’m just happy about the results I had so far."
"I’m really not paying attention to the stock thing so much as just trying to improve myself as a player. I didn’t get a chance to do much at the combine, so I wanted to prove to myself that I could do the drills here, and that’s what I did. I’m happy I did it."
Either player would be a significant upgrade for the Cowboys' offensive line. But whether the Cowboys end up picking one of them depends in part on how impressed the Cowboys will be with the other players they're bringing in for a pre-draft visit. In addition to Warmack and Fluker, that list already includes safety Kenny Vaccaro, OT Terron Armstead and DE Stansly Maponga and will ultimately grow to 30 national prospects and even more local prospects.