History Shows Pre-Draft Visits Can Be Telling

IRVING, Texas – As the Cowboys start their national pre-draft prospect visits this week, it's worth noting that Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware (2005) was the last Cowboys top pick who didn't visit Valley Ranch prior to the draft.

Every pick since has: Bobby Carpenter (2006), Anthony Spencer (2007), Felix Jones (2008), Jason Williams (2009-third round), Dez Bryant (2010) and Tyron Smith (2011).

The Cowboys were scheduled to conclude the bulk of their 30 permitted visits later this week, barring travel conflicts due to the inclement weather that ripped through the Dallas-Fort Worth area Tuesday afternoon.

Teams are allowed "Top 30" visits at their facilities each year, which provides a more extended interview process for coaches and officials than the Senior Bowl or Combine. The prospects do not do any on-field activity.

The team is not expected to release an official visits list.

Also expected in early April is the Cowboys' annual "Dallas Day" workout for prospects with local high school and college ties. The Cowboys are starting their draft meetings this week and beginning the process of constructing their draft board.

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