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Potential Prospects At No. 18 Visiting Valley Ranch This Week


IRVING, Texas – Over the next two days, 30 college prospects are scheduled to visit the Cowboys on official draft visits in preparation for the NFL Draft later this month.

The league allows each team to bring in no more than 30 players to the team facility and stadium to meet with the coaches and scouts one final time. For the Cowboys, 15 players are scheduled to visit Tuesday with 15 more on Wednesday.

This year's visits will likely include a trip to Cowboys Stadium and Valley Ranch, along with meetings with their respective coaches and a group visit from owner/GM Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett.

Some of the players expected to visit the Cowboys over the next two days include possible first-round picks: Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro, North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper, Alabama guard Chance Warmack, Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams, Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, LSU safety Eric Reid and Oklahoma State tailback Joseph Randle.

Other players expected to visit include Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien, Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker and Arkansas tailback Knile Davis.

Players on these visits aren't always atop the Cowboys' wish list. Sometimes the team invites prospects to the facility if they were unable to meet at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. However, it can sometimes be a good indicator of players on their radar.

In the past, the Cowboys have drafted some prominent players that first made their way to Valley Ranch beforehand. Among those in that group include Anthony Spencer in 2007, Felix Jones and Mike Jenkins in 2008, Dez Bryant and Sean Lee in 2010 and Tyron Smith in 2011.

Other players that have been picked after visiting include Stephen McGee and Jason Williams in 2009.

Last year, the Cowboys drafted Morris Claiborne sixth overall and the LSU cornerback was not among the Top 30 visits. The same goes for DeMarcus Ware, the 11th overall pick in 2005. [embedded_ad]

The top player drafted in 2012 to visit in the Top 30 was defensive end Tyrone Crawford, a third-round pick from Boise State.

The Cowboys have the 18th overall selection in the 2013 draft. The last time they drafted No. 18 occurred in 2006 when they picked Bobby Carpenter, who was among the 30 visitors before the draft.

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