ARLINGTON, Texas – The Cowboys conducted another successful Dallas Day visit for more than 35 college prospects on Friday.
The annual workout, held again this year at AT&T Stadium, consisted of players who either played high school or college football in the Dallas area. Some of the eligible players on the list, such as Baylor's Corey Coleman and TCU's Josh Doctson did not attend because they were visiting other NFL teams in the Top 30 visits.
However, the Cowboys did have a few standout players at their stadium on Friday, including LSU safety Jalen Mills, who is projected to be picked on Day 2 of the draft, somewhere in the second or third round.
Other players who were at the workout included TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, Colorado State wide receiver Rashard Higgins and Texas Tech receiver Jakeem Grant. Texas tight end M.J. McFarland, Oklahoma guard Nila Kasitati and Baylor wide receiver Jay Lee also participated. A pair of SEC standouts – Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams and Alabama's A'Shawn Robinson were also eligible to participate because of their DFW high school ties.
Over the years, Dallas Day gives the Cowboys – from front office personnel to coaches to the scouts – a chance to physically work out players from this area, conducting regular practice drills. For that reason, the majority of the players who attend are considered either late-round prospects or priority free agents. Players who will most likely get drafted in the middle rounds or higher, are advised not to participate in such workouts.
However, the Cowboys have landed a few players who participated in Dallas Day, including wide receiver Cole Beasley, a standout receiver at SMU. Players such as Lance Dunbar and Tyler Patmon have been to Dallas Day. Just last year, Ryan Russell, who played high school football in nearby Carrollton before attending Purdue, went to Dallas Day and was an eventual fifth-round pick of the Cowboys.
Even 12 years ago, the Cowboys drafted two players in the seventh round – Patrick Crayton and Jacques Reeves – who had both attended Dallas Day a few weeks earlier. Crayton (105) and Reeves (90) were two of just eight players taken in that seventh round who went on to play at least 90 career games.