While there is a lack of meetings happening all across the NFL due to the lockout, the Cowboys are still doing their homework as they prepare to head into the 2011 NFL Draft at the end of April. The Cowboys staff and scouts are planning to meet with 30 potential first round prospects over the next week. Starting today, the Cowboys will host the 30 NFL potentials at Valley Ranch.
Tuesday’s visits are headlined by OT Tyron Smith from USC and DE J.J. Watt from Wisconsin. They will be joined by 14 other first-round prospects for interviews and meetings. Many mock drafts have the Cowboys taking Smith or Watt with their no. 9 pick in this year’s draft.
Wednesday the Cowboys are expected to meet with another 14 prospective picks in an effort to put together a solid draft board.
The Cowboys typically use these meetings to gain some more detailed information and a final impression from many of the nation’s top draft picks. Some of the Cowboys best draft picks have been players that they have spent time with right before the draft (i.e. DeMarcus Ware, Felix Jones).
They mystery of who the Cowboys will take with their first pick remains. I’m not convinced the Cowboys have even decided what they will do with their pick. There has been a lot of discussion about the Cowboys shopping it around come draft day. One thing is certain, the interviews with potential picks plays a large role in what the Cowboys do with that pick.