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Cowboys Pre-Draft Visit Tracker: DT Will Sutton And DE Kareem Martin To Visit Cowboys

The Cowboys bring in two more defensive linemen for a pre-draft visit, bringing the total number of defensive linemen to have visited Valley Ranch to 14 - so far.

DT Will Sutton celebrates wit the ASU team mascot.
DT Will Sutton celebrates wit the ASU team mascot.
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The Cowboys have almost filled up their quota of 30 national draft-eligible players they are allowed to bring in for pre-draft visits, as news reached us that two more prospects will visit the Cowboys in the coming days:

Josh Norris of reports that one of those visitors is Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton.

Sutton currently ranks 63rd on the CBSSports big board. Over the last two years of college, Sutton amassed a staggering 37 tackles-for-loss and 16 sacks in 17 games for a production ratio of 2.04, second only to Aaron Donald in this year's draft class.

But in contrast to Donald, the 6-0, 303 pound Sutton did not impress with his athletic markers at the combine, which is one reason why Sutton finds himself ranked at the bottom of the second round. But in terms of pure disruptiveness from the defensive tackle position, he has few peers.

Sutton played all along the defensive line at Arizona State, playing all DL positions in both 3-4 and 4-3 lineups. He is most comfortable and most disruptive as a 4-3 defensive tackle lining up as the three-technique. As such, he could be a highly interesting option for the Cowboys, should they miss out on Aaron Donald.

Sutton has received some flak for gaining "almost 30 pounds" of weight between a stellar 2012 junior season and his 2013 senior season, but an in-depth scouting report from Football Outsiders sets the record straight on that:

The 6-foot-1 defensive tackle took college football by storm as a 271-pound junior. However, the NFL’s Draft advisory committee gave Sutton a fifth-round grade at season’s end –- the same round [La'Roi] Glover was drafted 14 years ago. However, Glover was a lean, muscular, and undersized defensive tackle, who didn’t try to gain weight for the sake of pleasing a bunch of guys with a clipboard.

There will be some who believe that the advisory committee’s fifth-round grade of Sutton motivated the Sun Devils star to gain 34 pounds. These were some of the same people writing off Sutton as a limited prospect when he played at a weight similar to Glover and Randle. This is the same mindset that dwells on the rule rather than being open to the exception. [...]

While he was destroying offensive back fields at 271 pounds, Sutton physically looked like a smaller Warren Sapp with Glover and [John] Randle-like technique and intensity.

Any defensive lineman whose scouting report namedrops Sapp, Glover and Randle has to be worth taking a very close look at.


The other prospect coming in for a visit is North Carolina defensive end Kareem Martin:

Martin (6-6, 272 pounds) had the longest arms (35) measured at the combine of any DE, but like with Sutton, it is his college production that really stands out: In 25 games, Martin notched 15.5 sacks and 37 tackles-for-loss for a production ratio of 2.10, which is only marginally lower than the 2.22 recorded by Jadeveon Clowney.

Martin looks like a prototype 4-3 defensive end in the NFL. He has a pro-ready frame, a good amount of athleticism, quickness and explosiveness. Tony Pauline of provides this summary of Martin:

Martin showed consistent progress and quietly had a terrific senior season. He's an athletic prospect with natural pass-rushing skills and offers ability at defensive end in a four-man front.


This brings the total number of confirmed national draft prospects invited to Valley Ranch to 28. Notably, those 28 players contain 15 defensive linemen, who are conspicuously bunched in the first three rounds of the draft and at the very end.

Confirmed Cowboys Pre-draft Visits/Workouts per 4/26/2014
CBS Rank Name POS College Visit Type
12 Anthony Barr OLB/DE UCLA Official visit
13 Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh Official visit
16 Zack Martin OT Notre Dame Official visit
19 Timmy Jernigan DT FSU Official visit
23 Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State Official visit
35 Kony Ealy DE Missouri Official visit
41 Jimmie Ward S Northern Illinois Official visit
43 DeMarcus Lawrence DE Boise State Official visit
49 Scott Crichton DE Oregon State Official visit
52 Lamarcus Joyner CB FSU Official visit
55 Kareem Martin DE North Carolina Official visit
60 Dominique Easley DT Florida Official visit
61 Paul Richardson WR Colorado Official visit
63 Will Sutton DT Arizona State Official visit
68 Billy Turner OT North Dakota Official visit
73 Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi St. Official visit
91 Jack Mewhort OT Ohio State Official Visit
98 Will Clarke DE West Virginia Official Visit
117 Cyril Richardson G Baylor Official Visit
136 Josh Huff WR Oregon Official visit
150 Trai Turner OG LSU Official visit
170 Howard Jones OLB Shepherd Official visit
229 Kerry Hyder DT Texas Tech Official visit
318 Brandon Dixon CB Northwest Missouri St. Official visit
372 Ken Bishop DT Northern Illinois Official visit
389 Chris Whaley DT Texas Official visit
504 Davon Coleman DE Arizona State Official visit
Contrary to some early reports, Dee Ford did NOT come in for a visit
Dallas Day
29 Jason Verrett CB TCU Not coming
89 Jackson Jeffcoat DE Texas Not coming
122 Josh Mauro DE Stanford Dallas Day
144 Mike Davis WR Texas Dallas Day
281 Garrett Gilbert QB SMU Dallas Day
313 Terrance Bullitt OLB Texas Tech Dallas Day
367 Ciante Evans CB Nebraska Dallas Day
415 Casey Pachal QB TCU Dallas Day
459 Cory Nelson OLB Oklahoma Dallas Day
491 Dashaun Phillips CB Tarleton State Dallas Day
500 James Franklin QB Missouri Dallas Day
513 Derek Thompson QB North Texas Dallas Day
519 Elisha Olabode S TCU Dallas Day
537 Kelvin Palmer OT Baylor Dallas Day
596 Ben Malena RB Texas A&M Dallas Day
608 Kenneth Acker CB SMU Dallas Day
637 James Sims RB Kansas Dallas Day
653 Josh Allen C Louisiana-Monroe Dallas Day
671 Josh Harris RB Wake Forest Dallas Day
685 Jeremy Johnson WR SMU Dallas Day
707 Adrian Phillips SS Texas Dallas Day
758 Aaron Burks WR Boise State Dallas Day
766 Taylor Gabriel WR Abilene Christian Dallas Day
933 Matt White S Missouri Dallas Day
995 Keenan Holman WR SMU Dallas Day
- - Rob Marshall RB Utah State Dallas Day
- - Jonathon Miller RB Illinois State Dallas Day
- - Ronnie Cooper WR University of Saint Mary Dallas Day
- - Aaron Bellazin DE North Texas Dallas Day
- - Tanner Brock LB TCU Dallas Day
- - Craig Wenrick TE UTEP Dallas Day
- - Waymon James RB TCU Dallas Day
- - Donovan Bonner LB Missouri Dallas Day
- - Nosa Eguae DE Auburn Dallas Day
- - Cameron Frosch P Texas A&M Commerce Dallas Day
- - Zachary Orr LB North Texas Dallas Day
- - Chris Parks CB SMU Dallas Day
- - Kacy Rodgers S University of Miami Dallas Day
- - Ryan Williams LS Texas State 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
216 Larry Webster DE Bloomsburg Private Workout
471 Demetri Goodson CB Baylor Private workout
571 Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe DT Boise State Private workout
910 Kevin Fogg CB/KR Liberty Private workout
- - Luke Sebald DL Wisconsin Lutheran Private workout

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