The draft is now three weeks away and the Dallas Cowboys are getting their ducks lined up so when they’re on the clock, they make the right pick. Prior to last year, the Cowboys had been knocking it out of the park with their first-round pick. In the next few years, we’ll find out just what they have in Taco Charlton to see if that’s a home run as well.
We’ve spent the offseason looking into what positions the Cowboys need the most help at and who would make the most sense for them. We can also deduce who the team likes around this time of year because of their 30 official visits and in recent years, that means something for Dallas. Some of the visitors this year include wide receivers Calvin Ridley, Christian Kirk and D.J. Moore, defensive tackles Vita Vea, Da’Ron Payne and Taven Bryan, offensive linemen Will Hernandez and James Daniels, linebackers Rashaan Evans and Leighton Vander Esch, as well as pass rusher Harold Landry.
That isn’t the total list, but it does provide some names to pay attention to as we get closer to the draft. In 10 of the last 11 years, the Cowboys’ first pick in the draft has come from a player who has visited, so there’s a pretty good shot the pick at 19 will be among those who met with the team.
There are some impressive players on that list and all of them would help. To me, I would add names to make this list complete, among them, would be Isaiah Wynn, Derwin James, Maurice Hurst and Roquan Smith. Some of these guys aren’t likely to make it to Dallas at 19, but if they slide far enough that a trade might make sense, the team should be prepared. That’s what happened the last time the Cowboys didn’t use their first pick on an invitee, Morris Claiborne in 2012.
The draft is all about doing your homework and being prepared for every scenario. You never know who will fall into your lap, or into a place where it makes sense to make the right deal. In Dallas’ case, it makes even more sense to be prepared because you never know what Jerry Jones might do. Trader Jerry is always ready to make a deal, which means the scouts and decision makers better have done their homework, not just for players in the first round.
For the Cowboys, very little about the draft is hidden. Their habits in the past 10+ seasons give clues to who they like. It can work against them, just as it did last year when the Atlanta Falcons traded up to draft Takk McKinley ahead of the Cowboys. Perhaps we’re all in for a surprise when the draft rolls around, but the writing is usually on the wall.
There are still more visits left before the Cowboys reach their limit of 30, so pay attention to who they bring in for interviews. The Dallas Cowboys aren’t shy to show some of their hand before the draft, hopefully, the work they do now pays dividends in late April.
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