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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Pre-Draft Visitor List Filling Up; LB Shaq Thompson Latest Addition

Latest Cowboys headlines: More names for the growing pre-draft visitor list; DeMarcus Lawrence among ESPN's second-year breakout candidates; Cowboys trade up for a running back?

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LB Shaq Thompson has a visit in Dallas lined up.
LB Shaq Thompson has a visit in Dallas lined up.
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NFL draft diary: LB Shaq Thompson coming to Dallas for Official Pre-Draft Visit - USA Today
Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson has a visit in Dallas lined up.

Thompson is just the latest in a growing list of names scheduled to make their way to Dallas this week. Here's an overview of the comings and goings we know of so far:

Cowboys Pre-draft Visitors per 4/6/2015
CBS Rank Name POS College Proj. Rd Status
18 Todd Gurley RB Georgia 1 Official Visit
22 Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin 1 Official Visit
24 Kevin Johnson CB Wake Forest 1-2 Official Visit
29 Owamagbe Odighizuwa DE UCLA 1-2 Official Visit
34 Shaq Thompson LB Washington 1-2 Official Visit
35 Eric Kendricks ILB UCLA 1-2 Visit & Priv. Workout
41 Jay Ajayi RB Boise State 2 Official Visit
44 Quinten Rollins CB Miami (Ohio) 2 Visit / Workout/ Both?
45 Benardrick McKinney ILB Mississippi State 2 Official Visit
48 Ameer Abdullah RB Nebraska 2 Official Visit
50 Danielle Hunter DE LSU 2 Official Visit
62 Tevin Coleman RB Indiana 2 Official Visit
66 Ronald Darby CB Florida State 2 Official Visit
75 Damarious Randall FS ASU 2-3 Off. Visit /Priv. Workout
803 Tray Walker CB Texas Southern - - Official Visit
Dallas Day
117 Bryce Petty QB Baylor 3-4 Dallas Day
138 Kevin White CB TCU 4-5 Dallas Day
233 Chris Hackett FS TCU 6-7 Dallas Day
Quentin Hayes SS Okalahoma - - Dallas Day
982 Darius Davis WR Henderson State - - Dallas Day
- - Charles Cook S Yale - - Dallas Day
- - Lyndell Johnson
S Emporia State - - Dallas Day
- - Cody Rademacher K SMU - - Dallas Day
Private Workout
69 Mario Edwards Jr. DE Florida State 2-3 Private Workout
119 Javarius Allen RB Southern Cal 3-4 Private Workout
122 Chris Conley WR Georgia 3-4 Private Workout
185 Jeremiah Poutasi OG Utah 5-6 Private Workout
236 Laurence Gibson OT Virginia Tech 6-7 Private Workout
280 Hutson Mason QB Georgia 7-FA Private Workout
351 Chaz Green OT Florida - - Private Workout
613 Vernon Johnson WR Texas A&M Commerce - - Private Workout
- - Visesio Salt OL Utah - - Private Workout
- - Travis Lee CB Miles College - - Private Workout
- - Darius Allen LB Colorado State-Pueblo - - Private Workout

Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence among ESPN's second-year breakout candidates - NFL
In this In$ider piece, Field Yates writes that the offseason between an NFL player's rookie and second campaigns can provide the most room for growth, and include Lawrence among his breakout candidates for 2015.

While it remains to be seen if new Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy will be suspended by the NFL, when he does make his Dallas debut the team will immediately have a venerable duo of rushers. Lawrence, the team's 2014 second-round pick, played in just seven regular-season games last year due to a foot injury. Athletic and explosive off the edge, Lawrence is a building block for the Dallas defense.

2015 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Cowboys trade up for a running back? -
In Will Brinson's latest mock draft, the Cowboys move up from 27 to 21 to grab Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon, making this only the third time the Cowboys have drafted a running back in the first round since 1978.

With the Cardinals potentially eyeing a running back in the draft and Todd Gurley off the board, the Cowboys make a move up in order to grab their long-term replacement for DeMarco Murray. Couple Gordon with Darren McFadden and Joseph Randle and the Cowboys should have enough manpower to make up for the loss of a feature back.


Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly's spending spree could backfire - ESPN
Phil Sheridan walks through the Eagles recent spending spree and notes that the cap space available for the Eagles has shrunk significantly. Then, in an argument all too familiar to Cowboys fans who've spent decades rationalizing away the Cowboys cap mismanagement, Sheridan writes that the Eagles will be all right because "the salary cap has risen each year."

I don't care who you are, that's funny right there.

A fan once yelled ‘orthodontist’ at Michael Strahan | For The Win
The gap-toothed one took it in stride.

Giants fan Melissa Joan Hart lost a bet to an Eagles player - Bleeding Green Nation

Redskins Hat Spotted At Real Madrid Team Meal -
I have no snark left.


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