ROOKIE RUSTLER’S ROAMING RANCH: ‘Pokes Previewing Pre-Draft Prospects | Early focus on running backs and defenders | Dallas Day this Friday

ROOKIE RUSTLER’S ROAMING RANCH: ‘Pokes Previewing Pre-Draft Prospects | Early focus on running backs and defenders | Dallas Day this Friday

IRVING, Texas – The activity level around Valley Ranch has picked up considerably, as the Dallas Cowboys pre-draft visits began cycling through the facility today. 

The Cowboys are hosting the first of their 30 scheduled visits with 2015 NFL draft prospects, as the clock continues to count toward the start of the first round on April 30. Prospects will meet with Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, team position coaches and members of the scouting department.

With 30 players – all with varying draft grades – expected to arrive in town by the end of the week, the Cowboys will group and spread them out over the next few days.

Today’s visitors include some of the most high-profile names on the team’s radar, including Georgia running back Todd Gurley, Kentucky defensive end Bud Dupree, UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks and Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson.

Of course, it’s hard to predict what any of this will mean when the Cowboys pick 27th overall on draft night, when most of the biggest names will have already been selected. But the visit process does give a good indicator of who is being targeted. The list of 30 visitors includes early-round favorites as well as lesser-known names.

At the NFL’s annual meetings last month, Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said he planned to take a look at the draft’s top running backs. That’s proven to be true, with Gurley visiting today and Wisconsin standout Melvin Gordon expected to visit later in the week.

Both of the Cowboys’ past two first-round picks, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin, visited Valley Ranch during the build-up to their respective drafts. In 2012, Morris Claiborne did not make the visit, as the Cowboys were widely thought to be out of range to select him – up until they traded into the No. 6 overall pick on draft night. Tyron Smith and Dez Bryant also visited the facility in the weeks before they were drafted.

Here’s the current list, which will be updated as more Pre-Draft visits are announced. Additionally, the team can bring in as many draft-eligible local prospects as they like during “Dallas Day”, which is this Friday, April 10th.

Rank Name POS College Proj. Rd Status
16 Bud Dupree DE Kentucky 1 Official Visit
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 Official Visit
36 Eli Harold DE Virginia 1-2 Official Visit
41 Jay Ajayi RB Boise State 2 Official Visit
55 Quinten Rollins CB Miami (Ohio) 2 Official Visit
45 Benardrick McKinney ILB Mississippi State 2 Official Visit
50 Danielle Hunter DE LSU 2 Official Visit
56 Devin Smith WR Ohio State 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 Official Visit
86 T.J. Yeldon RB Alabama 3 Official Visit
89 Josh Shaw CB USC 3 Official Visit
119 Javorius Allen RB Southern Cal 3-4 Official Visit
336 Gabe Martin LB Bowling Green 7-FA Official Visit
822 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
169 JaCorey Shepherd CB Kansas 5 Dallas Day
171 Ty Montgomery WR Stanford 5 Dallas Day
233 Chris Hackett FS TCU 6-7 Dallas Day/ P.W.
240 Adam Shead OG Oklahoma 7 Dallas Day
439 Quentin Hayes SS Oklahoma – – Dallas Day
953 Darius Davis WR Henderson State – – Dallas Day
– – Cody Rademacher K SMU – – Dallas Day
– – Charles Cook S Yale – – Dallas Day
– – Lyndell Johnson S Emporia State – – Dallas Day
Private Workout
69 Mario Edwards Jr. DE Florida State 2-3 Private Workout
122 Chris Conley WR Georgia 3-4 Private Workout
232 Jeremiah Poutasi OG Utah 5-6 Private Workout
166 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

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