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NFL Combine 2014: Dallas Cowboys Rooting Guide

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Eight players attending the Combine qualify as 'local' players for the Cowboys, meaning they could be invited for a pre-draft visit without counting against the 30-player limit teams have for their regular pre-draft visits.


If and when you tune in to the NFL Combine later this month, you'll probably be focusing on many of the names that have already dominated the pages and headlines on BTB. How strong is Ra'Shede Hageman, how fast is Calvin Pryor, how explosive is Aaron Donald, and what's up with that QB from Eastern Illinois that everybody is up in arms about. But when some of the lesser known names take the stage, you'll be wondering who to root for.

Not anymore.

Every year, in addition to 30 usually high-profile national draft-eligible players the Cowboys bring in for pre-draft visits, they also bring in some draft-eligible local prospects who are usually less well known.

These visits by local prospects usually happen in early to mid April and are known as "Dallas Days". A player is considered a local prospect if he went to high school or college in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area, he was born there or his parents live there. That DFW area 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 colleges in the area from which the Cowboys are allowed to invite prospects.

These "Dallas Days" have delivered their share of Cowboys players in the past, with the likes of Patrick Crayton, Bryan McCann, Dez Bryant, Phillip Tanner, Lance Dunbar, Cole Beasley as well as Terrance Williams last year.

We don't yet know which local prospects the Cowboys will invite this year, but thanks to CBSSports (and some serious editing) we do know which 335 players are invited to the Combine this year. And thanks to BTB member sgitr, who once again did all the legwork to find these names, we know which Combine invitees would qualify as local prospects for the Cowboys. Here are the eight local players we know of who'll be attending the Combine this year.

CBS rank Proj. Round Player POS College Home/HS
30 1-2 Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech Plano
34 1-2 Jason Verrett CB TCU *
50 2 Cyril Richardson OG Baylor Fort Worth
52 2 Jackson Jeffcoat DE Texas Plano
114 3-4 Mike Davis WR Texas Dallas
136 4 Josh Mauro DE Stanford Hurst
183 5-6 Chris Boswell K Rice Keller
398 - - Austin Franklin WR New Mexico State Dallas
* Eligible for Dallas Days because prospect attended local area college

The players are arranged according to how they rank on the CBS Sports big board. And as a bonus, here is the full list of all the 335 players that will attend the Combine (via CBS Sports).

2014 NFL Combine Participants (click column header to sort)

Rank POS Player School Rank Pos Player School
3 QB Teddy Bridgewater Louisville 2 DE Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina
5 QB Blake Bortles UCF 17 DE Kony Ealy Missouri
7 QB Johnny Manziel Texas A&M 18 DE Dee Ford Auburn
29 QB Derek Carr Fresno State 43 DE Scott Crichton Oregon State
57 QB Jimmy Garoppolo Eastern Illinois 44 DE Trent Murphy Stanford
104 QB Zach Mettenberger LSU 52 DE Jackson Jeffcoat Texas
110 QB A.J. McCarron Alabama 70 DE Chris Smith Arkansas
126 QB Aaron Murray Georgia 79 DE Marcus Smith Louisville
153 QB David Fales San Jose State 90 DE Michael Sam Missouri
158 QB Tajh Boyd Clemson 107 DE Demarcus Lawrence Boise State
229 QB Connor Shaw South Carolina 119 DE Kareem Martin North Carolina
258 QB Logan Thomas Virginia Tech 124 DE Will Clarke West Virginia
270 QB Tom Savage Pittsburgh 136 DE Josh Mauro Stanford
281 QB Jeff Mathews Cornell 161 DE James Gayle Virginia Tech
298 QB Keith Wenning Ball State 167 DE Ed Stinson Alabama
314 QB Stephen Morris Miami (FL) 184 DE Cassius Marsh UCLA
415 QB Bryn Renner North Carolina 186 DE Brent Urban Virginia
456 QB Jordan Lynch Northern Illinois 206 DE Aaron Lynch South Florida
475 QB Dustin Vaughan West Texas A&M 223 DE Taylor Hart Oregon
41 RB Ka'deem Carey Arizona 255 DE Ethan Westbrooks West Texas A&M
51 RB Tre Mason Auburn 266 DE Larry Webster Bloomsburg
56 RB Carlos Hyde Ohio State 278 DE Jeoffrey Pagan Alabama
63 RB Bishop Sankey Washington 351 DE IK Enemkpali Louisiana Tech
73 RB Jeremy Hill LSU 365 DE Zach Moore Concordia
88 RB Charles Sims West Virginia 429 DE Tevin Mims South Florida
101 RB Devonta Freeman Florida State 624 DE Kerry Wynn Richmond
105 RB Lache Seastrunk Baylor 19 DT Louis Nix Notre Dame
122 RB Terrance West Towson 22 DT Aaron Donald Pittsburgh
132 RB Andre Williams Boston College 23 DT Timmy Jernigan Florida State
144 RB Marion Grice Arizona State 26 DT RaShede Hageman Minnesota
155 RB James Wilder Florida State 42 DT Stephon Tuitt Notre Dame
163 RB James White Wisconsin 54 DT Will Sutton Arizona State
176 RB Antonio Andrews Western Kentucky 64 DT Daquan Jones Penn State
187 RB Tyler Gaffney Stanford 72 DT Kelcy Quarles South Carolina
208 RB Jerick McKinnon Georgia Southern 76 DT Anthony Johnson LSU
218 RB De'Anthony Thomas Oregon 82 DT Dominique Easley Florida
233 RB Storm Johnson UCF 93 DT Ego Ferguson LSU
257 RB Kapri Bibbs Colorado State 99 DT Daniel McCullers Tennessee
276 RB Silas Redd USC 129 DT Caraun Reid Princeton
289 RB David Fluellen Toledo 140 DT Justin Ellis Louisiana Tech
304 RB George Atkinson Notre Dame 156 DT George Uko USC
323 RB Isaiah Crowell Alabama State 182 DT Ryan Carrethers Arkansas State
346 RB Jerome Smith Syracuse 194 DT Shamar Stephen Connecticut
363 RB Tim Flanders Sam Houston State 212 DT Deandre Coleman California
392 RB Ladarius Perkins Mississippi State 220 DT Kerry Hyder Texas Tech
409 RB Lorenzo Taliaferro Coastal Carolina 226 DT Jay Bromley Syracuse
433 RB Adam Muema San Diego State 247 DT Eathyn Manumaleuna BYU
458 RB Alfred Blue LSU 267 DT Zack Kerr Delaware
577 RB Tim Cornett UNLV 326 DT Chris Whaley Texas
637 RB Henry Josey Missouri 372 DT Tenny Palepoi Utah
710 RB Damien Williams Oklahoma 436 DT Khyri Thornton Southern Mississippi
6 WR Sammy Watkins Clemson 551 DT Robert Thomas Arkansas
13 WR Mike Evans Texas A&M 604 DT Kaleb Ramsey Boston College
15 WR Marqise Lee USC 655 DT Mike Pennel CSU-Pueblo
25 WR Kelvin Benjamin Florida State 8 OLB Khalil Mack Buffalo
27 WR Odell Beckham LSU 11 OLB Anthony Barr UCLA
35 WR Allen Robinson Penn State 33 OLB Ryan Shazier Ohio State
38 WR Brandin Cooks Oregon State 39 OLB Kyle Van Noy BYU
49 WR Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt 47 OLB Trevor Reilly Utah
55 WR Jarvis Landry LSU 60 OLB Telvin Smith Florida State
58 WR Davante Adams Fresno State 67 OLB Carl Bradford Arizona State
66 WR Paul Richardson Colorado 84 OLB Jeremiah Attaochu Georgia Tech
74 WR Martavis Bryant Clemson 91 OLB Jordan Zumwalt UCLA
80 WR Robert Herron Wyoming 106 OLB Christian Kirksey Iowa
96 WR Jared Abbrederis Wisconsin 117 OLB Jordan Tripp Montana
100 WR Bruce Ellington South Carolina 133 OLB Adrian Hubbard Alabama
108 WR Josh Huff Oregon 146 OLB Prince Shembo Notre Dame
114 WR Mike Davis Texas 154 OLB Ronald Powell Florida
118 WR Donte Moncrief Mississippi 159 OLB Devon Kennard USC
134 WR Ryan Grant Tulane 172 OLB Kasim Edebali Boston College
139 WR TJ Jones Notre Dame 189 OLB Howard Jones Shepherd
142 WR Devin Street Pittsburgh 204 OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis Boston College
147 WR Brandon Coleman Rutgers 210 OLB Jonathan Brown Illinois
164 WR Jalen Saunders Oklahoma 215 OLB Tyler Starr South Dakota
168 WR Jeff Janis Saginaw Valley State 245 OLB Jonathan Newsome Ball State
170 WR Cody Latimer Indiana 288 OLB Anthony Hitchens Iowa
185 WR Michael Campanaro Wake Forest 355 OLB Boseko Lokombo Oregon
193 WR Kevin Norwood Alabama 374 OLB Khairi Fortt California
209 WR Cody Hoffman BYU 16 ILB C.J. Mosley Alabama
219 WR L'Damian Washington Missouri 75 ILB Yawin Smallwood Connecticut
230 WR Josh Stewart Oklahoma State 87 ILB Chris Borland Wisconsin
238 WR Tevin Reese Baylor 94 ILB Shayne Skov Stanford
244 WR Shaquelle Evans UCLA 115 ILB Christian Jones Florida State
252 WR Matt Hazel Coastal Carolina 125 ILB Lamin Barrow LSU
259 WR Dri Archer Kent State 177 ILB Preston Brown Louisville
269 WR Marcus Lucas Missouri 214 ILB Jeremiah George Iowa State
280 WR Quincy Enunwa Nebraska 237 ILB Andrew Jackson Western Kentucky
296 WR Jeremy Gallon Michigan 250 ILB Max Bullough Michigan State
308 WR Kain Colter Northwestern 294 ILB Uani Unga BYU
335 WR Isaiah Burse Fresno State 309 ILB Avery Williamson Kentucky
375 WR Allen Hurns Miami (FL) 330 ILB James Morris Iowa
387 WR Corey (Pitt) Brown Ohio State 9 CB Darqueze Dennard Michigan State
398 WR Austin Franklin New Mexico State 21 CB Justin Gilbert Oklahoma State
410 WR Willie Snead Ball State 34 CB Jason Verrett TCU
425 WR John Brown Pittsburg State 40 CB Marcus Roberson Florida
448 WR Chris Boyd Vanderbilt 45 CB Bradley Roby Ohio State
457 WR Trey Burton Florida 48 CB Lamarcus Joyner Florida State
510 WR Walter Powell Murray State 59 CB Kyle Fuller Virginia Tech
521 WR Albert Wilson Georgia State 69 CB Louchiez Purifoy Florida
532 WR Bennie Fowler Michigan State 76 CB Pierre Desir Lindenwood
553 WR Damian Copeland Louisville 83 CB Victor Hampton South Carolina
667 WR Anthony Denham Utah 86 CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste Nebraska
14 TE Eric Ebron North Carolina 92 CB Terrance Mitchell Oregon
30 TE Jace Amaro Texas Tech 95 CB Keith McGill Utah
46 TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins Washington 102 CB E.J. Gaines Missouri
68 TE Troy Niklas Notre Dame 112 CB Ross Cockrell Duke
113 TE C.J. Fiedorowicz Iowa 116 CB Jaylen Watkins Florida
131 TE Arthur Lynch Georgia 121 CB Bashaud Breeland Clemson
145 TE Crockett Gillmore Colorado State 123 CB Rashaad Reynolds Oregon State
162 TE Marcel Jensen Fresno State 137 CB Chris Davis Auburn
180 TE Joe Don Duncan Dixie State 141 CB Nevin Lawson Utah State
199 TE Rob Blanchflower Massachusetts 148 CB Deion Belue Alabama
213 TE Richard Rodgers California 166 CB Antone Exum Virginia Tech
217 TE Jacob Pedersen Wisconsin 169 CB Bennett Jackson Notre Dame
241 TE Xavier Grimble USC 190 CB Ricardo Allen Purdue
243 TE Jordan Najvar Baylor 207 CB Bene Benwikere San Jose State
254 TE A.C. Leonard Tennessee State 211 CB Andre Hal Vanderbilt
316 TE Jake Murphy Utah 222 CB Aaron Colvin Oklahoma
332 TE Colt Lyerla Oregon 231 CB Lavelle Westbrooks Georgia Southern
438 TE D.J. Tialavea Utah State 253 CB Phillip Gaines Rice
518 TE Nic Jacobs McNeese State 279 CB Dexter McDougle Maryland
1 OT Jake Matthews Texas A&M 318 CB Brandon Dixon Northwest Missouri State
4 OT Greg Robinson Auburn 329 CB Kendall James Maine
10 OT Taylor Lewan Michigan 345 CB Keith Reaser Florida Atlantic
12 OT Zack Martin Notre Dame 359 CB Jabari Price North Carolina
24 OT Cyrus Kouandjio Alabama 407 CB Travis Carrie Ohio
36 OT Morgan Moses Virginia 418 CB Demetri Goodson Baylor
53 OT Antonio Richardson Tennessee 595 CB Todd Washington Southeastern Louisiana
61 OT Jack Mewhort Ohio State 65 SS Deone Bucannon Washington State
78 OT Joel Bitonio Nevada 81 SS Jimmie Ward Northern Illinois
97 OT Billy Turner North Dakota State 98 SS Ahmad Dixon Baylor
109 OT JaWuan James Tennessee 130 SS Craig Loston LSU
128 OT James Hurst North Carolina 165 SS Vinnie Sunseri Alabama
152 OT Seantrel Henderson Miami (FL) 174 SS Isaiah Lewis Michigan State
157 OT Michael Schofield Michigan 295 SS Nat Berhe San Diego State
173 OT Justin Britt Missouri 307 SS Brock Vereen Minnesota
191 OT Wesley Johnson Vanderbilt 336 SS Daniel Sorensen BYU
197 OT Cameron Fleming Stanford 341 SS Dezmen Southward Wisconsin
232 OT Cornelius Lucas Kansas State 20 FS Hasean Clinton-Dix Alabama
242 OT Matt Patchan Boston College 28 FS Calvin Pryor Louisville
272 OT Charles Leno Boise State 62 FS Ed Reynolds Stanford
587 OT Matt Feiler Bloomsburg 103 FS Terrence Brooks Florida State
31 OG David Yankey Stanford 127 FS Dion Bailey USC
37 OG Xavier Su'a-Filo UCLA 149 FS Kenny Ladler Vanderbilt
50 OG Cyril Richardson Baylor 181 FS Marqueston Huff Wyoming
71 OG Gabe Jackson Mississippi State 203 FS Jemea Thomas Georgia Tech
85 OG Dakota Dozier Furman 228 FS Dontae Johnson North Carolina State
120 OG Anthony Steen Alabama 284 FS Jonathan Dowling Western Kentucky
138 OG Brandon Thomas Clemson 303 FS Tre Boston North Carolina
151 OG Chris Watt Notre Dame 605 FS Maurice Alexander Utah State
160 OG Jon Halapio Florida 183 K Chris Boswell Rice
178 OG Brandon Linder Miami (FL) 196 K Anthony Fera Texas
202 OG Russell Bodine North Carolina 277 K Cairo Santos Tulane
225 OG Kadeem Edwards Tennessee State 380 K Zach Hocker Arkansas
234 OG John Urschel Penn State 297 LS Marcus Heit Kansas State
240 OG Spencer Long Nebraska 200 P Tom Hornsey Memphis
248 OG Ryan Groy Wisconsin 260 P Pat O'Donnell Miami (FL)
319 OG Zach Fulton Tennessee 282 P Steven Clark Auburn
340 OG Trai Turner LSU 321 P Richie Leone Houston
732 OG Conor Boffeli Iowa 331 P Cody Mandell Alabama
32 C Travis Swanson Arkansas
89 C Weston Richburg Colorado State
111 C Bryan Stork Florida State
143 C Tyler Larsen Utah State
179 C Marcus Martin USC
224 C Gabe Ikard Oklahoma
264 C Corey Linsley Ohio State
275 C Matt Armstrong Grand Valley State
311 C James Stone Tennessee
334 C Jonotthan Harrison Florida
413 C Matt Paradis Boise State
192 FB J.C. Copeland LSU
216 FB Ryan Hewitt Stanford
239 FB Trey Millard Oklahoma
322 FB Reggie Jordan Missouri Western State