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2013 Cowboys Draft: Workouts & Pre-Draft Visits Per 4/1/13

Our pre-draft visit and workout tracker provides an overview of which 2013 NFL draft prospects the Cowboys have shown a special interest in.

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Each NFL team can bring in up to 30 draft-eligible players for pre-draft visits from across the country over the next few weeks. Back in the good old days, many teams released the names of their visitors prior to the draft. These days, teams don't volunteer that information anymore, which means we have to pick up that info from whatever sources we can. Having said that, here's an ongoing list of visits and workouts that we'll keep updated between now and the start of the draft.

Local Prospects invited for "Dallas Days"

In addition to the national prospects, each team can bring in as many 'local' prospects as they like. A player is considered a local prospect if he went to high school or college in a tighly defined area around an NFL team's home base, or if he was born there or his parents live there.

For the Cowboys that area encompasses most of the Dallas/Fort Wort Metro area and is defined as stretching from Sanctuary in the West to Princeton in the East, and from Prosper in the North to Glenn Heights in the South. SMU and TCU are the two local colleges in the area from which the Cowboys are allowed to invite as many prospects as they want, and there have been reports of 50+ players invited for these "Dallas Days". We'll probably never be able to pin down all those names, but here's an overview of what we know so far:

CBS Rank Name POS College Source
35 Margus Hunt DE SMU ESPNDallas
53 Terrance Williams WR Baylor Dallas Morning News
169 Josh Boyce WR TCU Jason LaConfora
194 Zach Line FB SMU Mike Fisher
256 Uzoma Nwachukwu WR Texas A&M Twitter
285 Stansly Maponga DE TCU ESPNDallas
300 Blaize Foltz
OG/OC TCU Star-Telegram
344 Eric Stephens RB Texas Tech Star-Telegram
366 Ja'Gared Davis LB SMU Twitter
412 Lanear Sampson WR Baylor Star-Telegram
436 Matthew Tucker
RB TCU Star-Telegram
471 Kendial Lawrence RB Missouri Kendial Lawrence
518 Kyle Padron QB Eastern Washington ESPNDallas
538 Lane Taylor OG Oklahoma State Tony Pauline
544 Darius Johnson WR SMU Mike Fisher
571 Skye Dawson WR TCU Star-Telegram
624 Colin Anderson TE Furman Twitter
629 Steven Terrell SS Texas A&M Twitter
- - Don Unamba CB Southern Arkansas Tony Pauline
- - Darrin Moore
WR Texas Tech Star-Telegram
- - Corey Fuller
TE TCU Star-Telegram
- - Jamaal White S Northwestern State Twitter
- - Jamar Hornsby S Tuskegee University Twitter
- - Casey Walker DT Oklahoma Twitter
- - R.J. Washington DE Oklahoma Mike Fisher
- - Taylor Reed LB SMU Mike Fisher

Just like with the list of national prospects, it's too early to divine any meaning from this short list of local prospects just yet. Some other Top-200 players who qualify for "Dallas Days" are OLB Damontre Moore (Texas A&M), WR Marquise Goodwin (Texas), RB Stepfan Taylor (Stanford) and FB Zach Line (SMU). We'll keep a special eye out for those prospects as the list fills up.

National Invites

Please go here for an Updated List

CBS Rank Name POS College Visit* Source
2 Chance Warmack OG Alabama Vis ESPNDallas
14 **Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina Vis
17 **Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri Vis Sheldon Richardson
19 Kenny Vaccaro S Texas PW/Vis Dallas Morning News
23 D.J. Fluker OT Alabama PW Gil Brandt
27 **DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson Vis Todd Archer
28 **Kawann Short DT Purdue Vis ESPNDallas
42 Jonathan Cyprien S Florida International Vis Pro Football Talk
43 **Justin Pugh OG Syracuse Vis Mike Fisher
52 Terron Armstead OT Arkansas-Pine Bluff PW Gil Brandt
55 Eric Reid S LSU PW/Vis
56 **Travis Frederick OC Wisconsin Vis Mike Fisher
71 **Phillip Thomas S Fresno State Vis Todd Archer
83 Joseph Randle RB Oklahoma State Vis Joseph Randle
114 Sean Porter LB Texas A&M PW/Vis
126 Le’Veon Bell RB Michigan State PW/Vis Dallas Morning News
127 **Jordan Hill DT Penn State Vis Mike Fisher
151 Gerald Hodges LB Penn State PW/Vis Gerald Hodges
152 Bennie Logan DE LSU PW/Vis
261 **Knile Davis RB Arkansas Vis
679 B.J. Stewart TE Cumberland PW Twitter
* PW=Private Workout, Vis=Pre-Draft Visit in Dallas **Updates since originally posted

This early and abbreviated list is top heavy in offensive linemen and safeties. At safety, the Cowboys have invited what are arguably the top three prospects at the position. For the OL, they have the top guard, the top RT prospect and a promising prospect. No word yet on whether Jonathan Cooper will get an invite, but it is still early in the process, and this list of invites is bound to fill up over the coming days.

Overall though, this list suggests the Cowboys are looking at offensive linemen and safeties in the first two rounds, and looking at running backs and linebackers in the later rounds, which sounds like a plan. Noticeable by their lack of absence are any defensive linemen - so far.

As we noted earlier this year, these national visits have been a pretty good indicator of which players and which positions the Cowboys were going to select in the ensuing draft:

  • The top picks in six of the last seven drafts - Bobby Carpenter, Anthony Spencer, Felix Jones, Jason Williams, Dez Bryant and Tyron Smith - all visited Valley Ranch as part of the Cowboys' pre-draft visits. That run came to an end last year when Morris Claiborne became the first Cowboys top pick since DeMarcus Ware in 2005 to not be invited to Valley Ranch prior to the Draft.
  • Over the last five years, the positions with the highest number of invited players has also been a good indicator for the Cowboys' draft plans

Special thanks once again to BTB-member sgitr, who has been a great help in tracking down these names again this year.

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