I'd like to start to collect a list of Pro Day, local combine, team interview and visit notes. So please feel free to add any tidbits you find. But first, a pop quiz!
Pop Quiz: what do Xavius Boyd, Davon Coleman, and Austin Franklin have in common? (answer below)
Here are Pro Days that the Dallas Cowboys have attended in some capacity (I'm sure there are more to be added):
Abilene Christian University
Middle Tennessee State
New Mexico State (Austin Franklin, WR)
Ohio State University
San Diego State
Here are players scheduled to visit (each team gets 30 'national visits'):
Davon Coleman, DT, Arizona State -- LINK
Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State -- LINK
Other interesting tidbits:
1) Both San Francisco and New England met privately with Mike Evans, WR during Texas A&M's pro day. Certainly they know he wouldn't be available where they're drafting... so I assume they'd entertain a trade up possibility if the right player is available. Maybe with Dallas?
2) Reading pro day reports, Philadelphia's name keeps appearing over and over again. They seem to be the most active team at pro days, both in terms of attendance and in having coaches/scouts taking part in the positional drills. Chip Kelly has also been personally present at numerous pro days. They worked out Dakota Dozier (OT/OG, Furman), Scott Crichton (DE, Oregon State), and Will Clarke (DE, WVU), sent their d-line coach to check out Zach Kerr (DL, Delaware), and have talked with Donte Moncrief (WR, Ole Miss), Jordan Matthews (WR, Vanderbilt), Robert Thomas (DT, Arkansas), Khyri Thornton (DT, Southern Miss), and Adrian Hubbard (OLB, Alabama). In comparison, Dallas has been keeping a significantly lower profile, at least as reported.
3) NY Giants were paying close attention to Jimmie Ward.
Oh, yeah, now for the Pop Quiz answer:
Xavius Boyd (LB, Western Kentucky), Davon Coleman (DT, Arizona State), and Austin Franklin (WR, New Mexico State) are all players that Dallas has expressed interest in this offseason.
How many times have these guys appeared on any of your mock drafts? Prepare to be surprised come draft day, particularly past the 2nd or 3rd round. There's a good chance you may not have even heard of some of the players on Dallas' radar... or have you?
If so, please share any interesting pro day / visit / rumors in the comments!