Cowboys Pre-Draft Visits: Defensive Linemen Dominate The Highly-Ranked Invites

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The pre-draft visits for the Cowboys are expected to take place soon, check out some of the names on the list.

NFL teams are allowed 30 official pre-draft visits from draft eligible players. These are the national visits, in addition there are the Dallas Days visits which are separate visits from players that fall within a geographical region around Dallas. Between these two lists of players, you can expect the Cowboys to take several of them in the draft if past drafts are any indication.

The names of some of the official 30 pre-draft visitors have been floating around and one thing is becoming clear, the Cowboys are most definitely looking at the defensive line. And the names are the usual suspects we've been kicking around here for the past month or so. They include Aaron Donald, Timmy Jernigan, Anthony Barr, and Kony Ealy. Those four are prime candidates for the #16 pick. If you look at the Cowboys tendency to pick guys in the first round who have come on a pre-draft visit, and look at the full list of players they are inviting that we know of so far, you probably would start betting heavily that one of those four will be a Cowboy on draft day (unless the Cowboys pull a trade).

The Cowboys are also looking at defensive linemen beyond the first round candidates. Guys like Demarcus Lawrence, Davon Coleman. You can also throw some Dallas Days and private workout names into that mix like Jackson Jeffcoat and Ken Bishop.

Outside of the defensive line position, there are a few highly-ranked guys coming in for a visit, headed by Ryan Shazier, Jason Verrett and Jimmie Ward, though only Shazier would seem like an outside possibility at #16. The rest are likely second round or trade-back picks.

UPDATE

The danger of writing these type of posts in real-time? New names that are added that slightly blow-up your premise. In this case, it's the addition of offensive lineman Zack Martin, who sits at the mid-first-round sweet spot that the Cowboys will be looking at.

END UPDATE

Based on the visits we've seen so far, defensive line is the likely choice for Dallas if they stay at #16. And there are four names prominently heading that list.

Hat tip to our OCC for tracking many of these visits and to Clarence Hill for updating us most recently here and here.

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Confirmed Cowboys Pre-draft Visits/Workouts per 4/16/2014
CBS Rank Name POS College Visit Type
8 Anthony Barr OLB/DE UCLA Official visit
14 Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh Official visit
15 Zack Martin OT Notre Dame Official visit
18 Timmy Jernigan DT FSU Official visit
24 Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State Official visit
34 Kony Ealy DE Missouri Official visit
41 Jimmie Ward S Northern Illinois Official visit
46 Scott Crichton DE Oregon State Official visit
48 DeMarcus Lawrence DE Boise State Official visit
51 Lamarcus Joyner CB FSU Official visit
59 Domique Easley DT Florida Official visit
67 Billy Turner OT North Dakota Official visit
98 Will Clarke DE West Virginia Official visit
136 Josh Huff WR Oregon Official visit
170 Howard Jones OLB Shepherd Official visit
318 Brandon Dixon CB Northwest Missouri St. Official visit
372 Ken Bishop DT Northern Illinois Official visit
909 Davon Coleman DE Arizona State Official visit
Dallas Day
29 Jason Verrett CB TCU Dallas Day
89 Jackson Jeffcoat DE Texas Dallas Day (tbd)
144 Mike Davis WR Texas Dallas Day
281 Garrett Gilbert QB SMU Dallas Day
500 James Franklin QB Missouri Dallas Day
513 Derek Thompson QB North Texas Dallas Day
685 Jeremy Johnson WR SMU Dallas Day
766 Taylor Gabriel WR Abilene Christian Dallas Day
995 Keenan Holman WR SMU Dallas Day
- - Cameron Frosch P Texas A&M Commerce Dallas Day
- - Kacy Rodgers S University of Miami Dallas Day
Private Workout
78 Bashaud Breeland CB Clemson Private workout
105 C.J. Fiedorowitz TE Iowa Private workout
137 Jerick McKinnon RB Georgia Southern Private workout
146 Walt Aikens CB Liberty Private workout
194 JC Copeland FB LSU "Meeting"
471 Dmitri Goodson CB Baylor Private workout
559 Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe DT Boise State Private workout
910 Kevin Fogg CB/KR Liberty Private workout
- - Chris Parks CB SMU Private workout
- - Luke Sebald DL Wisconsin Lutheran Private workout
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