A list of prospects that Dallas has or will meet with prior to the draft so far. It gives us some insight on where the Cowboys are looking to fill needs on their team. As expected, they are talking to offensive linemen and safeties.
1. Safety Kenny Vacarro, Texas
2. Safety Eric Reid, LSU
My Take: I think Dallas picks Vaccaro in the first round if he is available. If not, then they look to get Reid in the 2nd round. Vaccaro is the best safety in the draft who would improve the Cowboys run and pass defense immediately.
3. Offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, Alabama
My Take: The Cowboys are focused on getting an offensive tackle if possible. It’s likely that Fluker will be available at #18 when Dallas picks. And if they do select Fluker, Doug Free will be at home packing his suit case because he won’t be on the team much longer. While Fluker will need to develop his pass protection skills, his 36.38″ long arms (longest of any of the OT prospects) will be an asset. Fluker’s outstanding run blocking could be just what the Cowboys run game needs.
4. Offensive tackle Terron Armstead. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Armstead (6’5″. 306 lbs) is an intriguing prospect that is intelligent, very athletic, and probably has a high ceiling. But he is a bit of a project and may not be a day one starter. He is expected to go in the 2nd round so if they don’t get Fluker in the first (let’s say they get Vaccaro) then perhaps Armstead is their man in the second round. He is a left tackle so perhaps Smith would move back to right tackle where is more comfortable.
5. Guard Chance Warmack, Alabama
My Take: Warmack is expected to go early in the first round however he had less than a spectacular NFL combine which could cause him to slide a bit. But I think his body of work at Alabama makes him a top 10 pick. I like that Dallas is looking at guards and they need a day one starter.
6. DE Stansly Maponga, TCU
My Take: The Cowboys kept Spencer to start at one DE but the postion still needs depth and I think Dallas is looking to add a DE late in the draft. Maponga is expected to go in the 6th round. Maponga is only 6’2″ which is smallish for a 4-3 DE but he displays outstanding quickness off the edge and uses his hands well.
Checkout Mapnoga chasing down RG3 (Baylor), causing a fumble, and then hustle to the sideline to recover the ball. Nice plaY! VIDEO
More prospects are likely to be announced between now and draft day but these early visits give an indication of the Cowboys approach to the draft.