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Last Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Cowboys Draft Prospect Visits Tracker 2014

I’ve been trying to keep up with the latest prospect visits the Cowboys have been linked to since the NFL Combine, so I’ll post up what I have so far. All of these updates have come from various sports outlets and twitter. I’ll update this post as more names come out. If you see a name missing from here please feel free to reply to this post and I’ll update as well. [Updated 4/17/14] Senior Bowl Interviews: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State IK Enemkpali, DE, Lousiana Tech Dee Ford, DE, Auburn NFL Scouting Combine: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh David Fales, QB, San Jose State Workouts / Visits Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA (4/15) Ken Bishop, DT, Northern Illinois Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State Xavius Boyd, LB, Western Kentucky Demetri Goodson, CB, Baylor Kaycee Ike, OT, UAB Howard Jones, LB, Shepherd Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh Garrett Gilbert, QB, SMU Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson Taylor Gabriel, WR, Abeline Christian Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois Jason

Last Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Cowboys Will Take a Closer Look at QB Garrett Gilbert

The Cowboys may be beginning to look for a future QB, and the process could start this draft. The Cowboys interviewed Johnny Manziel, Jimmy Garropolo, and David Fales; but, one QB the Cowboys seem to have the most interest in could be SMU’s Garrett Gilbert. The Cowboys were in attendance on March 28, and Wade Wilson was on hand personally to take a closer look. Wilson said, “I was really impressed.  He made all the throws.  He has a very live arm.  I think he did an outstanding job today.” Gilbert’s Pro Day was so impressive the Cowboys are going to bring him in for a closer look for Dallas Day, which will happen on April 17th. (College2Pro) Gilbert has the prototypical measurables at 6-4, 230lbs Share

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Cowboys 7-Round Mock Headlined by Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

The draft is a month away, and word is coming out now on who the Cowboys have visited and who they intend to visit with. In the past, the Cowboys have drafted players they have met with and worked out leading up to the draft. With this latest mock draft, I took this into account and with some names still on the board I was able to get some of these players snatched up. With my first pick Donald was gone before our pick at #16, so with that I went with option 2. Let’s take a look at my 7-round mock 4.0: Let’s talk about my selections. 1st round (#16): Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA I think there are a few players that could fall here and the Cowboys would be ok staying and making the selection. In this mock, Donald and Evans were gone, as was Manziel. But with Barr still out there I made the selection which automatically boosts the Cowboys pass rush. Barr has been making some moves up a lot of draft boards, so its totally conceivable that he’ll be gone by #16; if this is the case, then I see the Cowboys bolting down the draft to accumulate some extra picks. 2nd round (#47): Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State Another player that the Cowboys are showing some serious interest in.

Last Updated: Friday, April 4, 2014
Five Possible Surprise 1st round picks for the Cowboys

The Cowboys have never been one to leak out what player they have true interest in, although leaked pics of their board have come out previously after the draft as outlined by BTB last year. We got a glimpse of how the Cowboys grade their prospect which differs in stark contrast to what the average fans thinks of player rankings. And if history is any indicator, this year’s draft board will be the same, but we’ll see how adding Will McClay into the mix levels out the rankings. We all like Donald, Barr, Martin, and a few others; but as fans, we have been caught off guard in many of the Cowboys’ previous drafts. I wrote about this subject a few weeks ago (here), but I’d like to revisit it again. This time around, I want to take a look at five possible draft targets that could possibly catch many fans off guard and perhaps leave us scratching our heads. No other pick better illustrates this same scenario than Travis Frederick at #31 in last year’s draft. He wasn’t on anyone’s radar, and he wasn’t even in the conversation the day of the draft. When the pick came in, there was a gasp of air, a ballon that was summarily released of all its air.

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Which NCAA Conference do the Cowboys prefer to Draft from?

With the draft just five weeks away, I wanted to take a closer look at the way the Dallas Cowboys draft. This took me a couple of days to break down, but the data is pretty telling.  In particular, I wanted to see from which NCAA conference the Cowboys like to draw players from over the past 10 draft classes 2003-2013. We’ll look at the Parcells, Phillips, and Garrett eras. Let’s start with 2003 and Bill Parcells: Bill Parcells 2003-2006 BIG 12: 3 BIG 10: 5 SEC: 8 BIG EAST: 4 ACC: 2 SBC,MEAC,INDEPENDENT,BSC,GAC,PAC 10,SWAC: 1 Parcells loved the SEC over any other conference, and he was able to pull some quality guys in starting roles from the SEC. The Parcells era used most 1st selections on defense (3) and (1) offense on Julius Jones in the 2nd round. It was no surprise that Parcells would use his early picks on defense, he was defensive minded and it also had to do with the Cowboys building up the 3-4 defense with DeMarcus Ware being the centerpiece Wade Phillips 2007-2010 ACC: 4 BIG 10: 2 BIG 12: 6 BIG EAST: 4 MAC: 3 PAC 10: 4 GWC,SEC,WAC,MVFC, MWC,INDEPENDENT,PSAC,SBC,CAA: 1 Wade Phillips was a BIG 12 coach, and as you can tell, the Cowboys only reached into the SEC

Last Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
Only Extend Oft-Injured DeMarco Murray for Cheap

So, the latest rumblings and rumors indicate the Cowboys may be thinking about extending DeMarco Murray. And I ask why? If the Cowboys are looking to reverse their bad contracts over the past years then extending Murray would not make sense at all. Supposedly there are “whispers” that a deal could be in the works. Here’s something that is not a whisper, but rather loud and clear: Stop extending broke down players that cannot stay healthy worth a lick! How many seasons have the Cowboys been doing good enough in the running game with Murray and then like clockwork he pulls up gimpy? and then there goes the latter part of the season. I’ll pass man, I’m passing on this, I’m selling, not buying. I like the player when he is healthy, but man, we can’t count on him. He’s the running back version of Miles Austin. Let Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle show us what they have, open up the game for them. The only way, I’m extending Murray is if can prove he can play a full season this year, and I’m still going to be looking for a cheap deal. Gone are the days of the overly paid running back contracts. Archer, over at ESPN suggests that the

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Is Morris Claiborne the Cowboys Draft Day Ammo?

During the annual NFL owners meeting, Jason Garrett was asked several questions and one interesting comment was made about CB Morris Claiborne. “We got to get Mo healthy,” Garrett said, according to a transcript from the Pro Football Writers of America. “We got to get him stronger. And keep giving him chances to go out there and play cause we feel like he has a bright future.” Regarding the decision to start Scandrick, Garrett said: “We are going to play the best guy. Last year we felt like Orlando was playing better than Mo for a lot of the year so that is why he was playing.” (PFT) By all accounts, Claiborne has not lived up to his draft day status, and is teetering on being a bonafide bust. The Dallas Cowboys drafted Claiborne with the hopes he would be their #1 CB, but in the last two season’s he’s been banged up and not very durable at all. In interviews, he seems to be soft spoken and not confident when delivering his replies to reporters in general. You see some of the top corners in the league and they have a certain persona about themselves, the way they answer with confidence. I don’t see that in Claiborne. And then you have the cerebral part

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Aaron Donald Scheduled to Visit the Cowboys

During tonight’s coverage of NFL Network’s “Path to the Draft” show Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh said he is scheduled to visit the  Dallas Cowboys. He is also scheduled to visit the Rams and Steelers. Adding Donald would give the Cowboys a constant barrage of pressure up the middle, coupled with newly added Henry Melton. Share

Last Updated: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Cowboys 7-Round Mock Headlined by Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

The Dallas Cowboys started out free agency with a whimper, but have turned the corner with a few thrifty picks and the big signing of Henry Melton from the Chicago Bears. The Cowboys have a plan in place and have been executing it with precision. They are likely done signing any top tier, big ticket names, but we may see another addition here and there. For the most part, we are heading full steam ahead towards the NFL Draft, which is roughly just 45 days away. There’s no doubt that snagging Henry Melton was a huge boon in shaping our defensive line, but he’s just a start. Rod Marinelli needs more rushmen and if wants to field a “fearsome foursome” on any given down, then this year’s draft will be a statement draft. I think it’ll be clear what the Cowboys will be doing. I see us going heavy on defense and double-dipping in some areas defensively as well. So, let’s take a look at my 7-round mock 3.0: CowboysBlog.net Mock Draft 3.0 Let’s talk about my selections. 1st round (#16): Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh I think a lot of mocks may be shifting away from Donald here, but if he’s the highest rated player on the Cowboys board, then

Last Updated: Thursday, March 20, 2014
POLL: What to do with the #16 pick now?

Now that we have added a key piece to the defense with Henry Melton as the 3-technique, what would you do with the #16 pick now? Take our poll now! View Poll Share

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Is Jerry Jones Eyeing Johnny Manziel at #16?

This weeks signing of Henry Melton shaped the Cowboys draft a great deal. Leading up to free agency the hot name attached to the Cowboys was Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh and rightfully so. Donald to the Cowboys at #16 made a lot of sense especially when Jason Hatcher jumped ship for the hated Redskins, but now with Helton our #16 pick could go to any position. The darkhorse pick at #16 could be a QB, and specifically, Johnny Manziel. The Cowboys think very highly of Manziel, and if Manziel is still on the board Jerry Jones will make the pick. With free agency two weeks in, the draft has already shifted quite a bit and there’s word that several of the early consensus picks for QB could fall. Teddy Bridgewater could be this year’s Geno Smith. Who remembers seeing Geno Smith mocked very high during last year’s mock drafts? I do, I didn’t get it, and when the draft started it agreed, Smith fell several rounds. I think Bridgewater is better than Smith, but I would not doubt at all that he will slip in the draft. Some indications are showing that the Browns and Jaguars could go defense. The Browns have the luxury of picking up a QB later in the draft since they have

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Breaking: Henry Melton Declares He’s a Dallas Cowboy via Twitter

Well, well, well, what do we have here Cowboys Nation? Looks like we DID land Henry Melton. Per his official Twitter account: Thank you chicago for the best 5 years of my life!…. I can't wait to begin the next chapter of my life… With a star on my helmet. — Henry Melton (@HenMel) March 19, 2014 Melton is now penciled in as our new 3-technique defensive tackle. Now we’re talking. More on the contract as it breaks! Share

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