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Dallas Cowboys Pre-Draft Visits: DE Joey Bosa, RB Derrick Henry Scheduled

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Bosa and Henry are the first two names of pre-draft visitors to Valley Ranch that have trickled in.

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The Cowboys are probably going to draft both a pass rusher and a running back at some point in the 2016 NFL draft, and perhaps even spend their first-round pick on one of those positions. And they are doing their due diligence on some potential prospects.

Tony Pauline of draftinsider.net recently wrote that Bosa has official visits setup with the Tennessee Titans (who have the No. 1 pick in the draft), the Cleveland Browns (No. 2), the Cowboys (No. 4) and Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 5).

Tom Pelissario of USA Today confirms that running back Derrick Henry will come to Dallas for a pre-draft visit in April.

Every year prior to the draft, each NFL team is permitted to invite up to 30 national draft prospects for a pre-draft visit. These visits do not involve any workouts, they are strictly meet and greets where the team can get a better feel for the players and the medical staff can conduct more thorough medical checkups.

As we've seen in the past, these visits are usually pretty good indicators of which players and which positions the Cowboys were going to select in the ensuing draft.

Running back is likely high on the Cowboys' priority list heading into the draft, so a visit by Derrick Henry is not particularly surprising, and there's a good chance the Cowboys will check out any running back with a pulse over the next few weeks.

The Cowboys' interest in a pass rusher shouldn't come as a shock either, given that they haven't been able to bolster their edge rushers in free agency.

But the official visits aren't the only way for the Cowboys to continue evaluating this year's draft prospects. While they're only allowed to bring 30 national prospects to Dallas, there's nothing preventing them from visiting the prospects somewhere else, and even having private workouts with the prospects. And at least two of those private workouts have already been scheduled:

Additionally, Chase Goodbread reports that the Cowboys have a private workout scheduled with QB Dak Prescott.

Prescott's schedule remains the same: the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys with private workouts later this month, and facility visits to the Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills in April.

We're still a few weeks away from when the official visits will happen, and over that time, the 28 additional names of visitors to Valley Ranch will likely emerge, along with the names of more prospects the Cowboys will have private workouts with - even if the Cowboys don't officially announce the names of their visitors or who their scheduling workouts with. We'll try to keep you updated on all of them.