2014 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Confirm 11 Pre-Draft Visits

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On Monday, the Dallas Cowboys began welcoming their first round of Draft prospects to Valley Ranch. Unlike previous years, the Cowboys will host 10 players at a time, over a three-day span. During that time, players will meet with the Cowboys staff and have some one-on-one time with scouts and coaches. So let’s meet some of the players that have been confirmed as having official visits with the Cowboys.

Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

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Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

Anthony Barr Dallas Cowboys
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Barr is considered one of the best pass-rushers in the Draft, and I think few would argue otherwise. In a study that Greg Peshek did, Barr had the highest ratio of speed sacks, getting to the quarterback in less than 3.5 seconds from snap-to-sack, on 78 percent of his sacks.

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh, Dallas Cowboys
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Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh, Dallas Cowboys
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In my opinion, the Cowboys and Donald would be a match made in heaven because he causes havoc from both the 1-tech and 3-tech positions on the defensive line. Against Virginia Tech, Donald had two sacks with an average snap-to-sack time of 2.28 seconds, which is amazing for an interior defensive lineman.

Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame, Dallas Cowboys
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Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame, Dallas Cowboys
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Martin is a player, who at 6-4, 308-lbs., has surprising quickness and moves very well for his size. Martin’s biggest asset, in my opinion, is his run blocking as evident by Notre Dame making a living out of running behind him and guard Chris Watt. While Martin played left tackle in college, many believe he is better suited to play guard in the NFL.

Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State, Dallas Cowboys
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Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State, Dallas Cowboys
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Jernigan is a guy I’m not sold on because I don’t think he’s as good a pass rusher as some make him out to be. In 2013, he totaled 63 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks. I do think that he’s one of, if not, the best available 1-tech defensive tackle, but traditionally those guys aren’t drafted in the first round. My biggest knock on Jernigan is how inconsistent he can be at times.

Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
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Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
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Shazier is a prospect I really like at linebacker because he is rangy, closes quickly on the ball and is a darn good blitzer from the outside linebacker spot. I think that Shazier, thanks to his incredible athleticism, could be a great fit for the Cowboys, especially with the uncertainty surrounding Bruce Carter.

Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri, Dallas Cowboys
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during the game at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri.

Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri, Dallas Cowboys
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Ealy is being labeled as the No.2 ranked defensive end behind Jadeveon Clowney, but don’t let the ranking fool you; they’re not close, at all. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ealy fall to the second round of the Draft. My biggest concern with drafting Ealy is scheme fit; I think his pass rushing skills are being overhyped and don’t think he fits what the Cowboys are trying to do.

Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois, Dallas Cowboys
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Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois, Dallas Cowboys
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Ward is another small school safety that appears to be on the Cowboys’ radar. He might not have the size of a prototypical safety at 5-10, 193-lbs., but man can this guy cover some ground. I don’t think that calling him the best cover safety in the Draft is a stretch by any means, as evident by his 10 interceptions and 24 passes defended the last two seasons.

DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State

DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State, Dallas Cowboys
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DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State

DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State, Dallas Cowboys
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Lawrence is an all-around skilled pass rusher despite only two years of true college experience. During his two years at Boise State he accumulated 91.5 tackles, 34 tackles for a loss, 19 sacks, 7 forced fumbles, one pass defended and one interception. He also contributed on special teams with three blocked kicks. He’s likely to be a second or third-round selection, but with his measurables could sneak into the first round.

Billy Turner, T, North Dakota State

Billy Turner, T, North Dakota State, Dallas Cowboys
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Billy Turner, T, North Dakota State

Billy Turner, T, North Dakota State, Dallas Cowboys
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Turner is a small school prospect that dominated his level of competition while at North Dakota State. He is 6-5, 317-lbs., and has been recognized for his versatility, quickness, strength and character. As a pro, many scouts think he will be most effective as an interior offensive lineman.

Brandon Dixon, CB, Northwestern Missouri State

Brandon Dixon, CB, Northwestern Missouri State, Dallas Cowboys
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Brandon Dixon, CB, Northwestern Missouri State

Brandon Dixon, CB, Northwestern Missouri State, Dallas Cowboys
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Dixon was a first-team Division II All-American and first-team All-MAIAA pick at Northwestern Missouri State. He’s a big guy for the position at 6-0, 205-lbs., and could be viewed as a possible safety at the next level.

Davon Coleman, DE, Arizona State

Davon Coleman, DE, Arizona State, Dallas Cowboys
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Davon Coleman, DE, Arizona State

Davon Coleman, DE, Arizona State, Dallas Cowboys
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Coleman is one of the late round gems that I planned on featuring in an upcoming article because I think he should be getting more attention than he is. In 2013, he led the Sun Devils in sacks, with 8.5, and despite being nearly 300-lbs.; Coleman is very athletic. He has shown a good initial burst off the line and is stout against the run. He’s also very strong as evident by his 35-reps of 225-lbs., during his Pro Day.

Jesus Flores is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SSgtFlo1 or add him to your network on Google


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