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Thursday, March 22, 2012
No Jason Garrett at Stanford Pro Day

By Calvin Watkins

Last year the Cowboys were projected to take USC tackle Tyron Smith in the first round.

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett along with former offensive line coach Hudson Houck made the trek to Southern California to watch Smith workout. It was the only Pro Day that Garrett attended last year.

The Cowboys drafted Smith.

Thursday afternoon, Stanford held its Pro Day and the Cowboys are projected to select guard David DeCastro. But Garrett wasn't in attendance for the workout that highlights quarterback Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall pick.

The Cowboys sent national scout Walter Juliff and tight ends coach John Garrett to Stanford. Juliff, however, did scout Smith for the Cowboys last season.

It doesn't mean anything that Garrett didn't show at Stanford.

He doesn't feel the need to attend those events because he can see players at the combine, senior bowl and videotape of Pro Days.

And as the son of a scout, he trusts the Cowboys scouting department to give him the best information possible.

Dallas could go any number of ways in the draft other than guard. Safety, defensive end or defensive tackle are positions where the Cowboys look.

For now, DeCastro seems like the likely pick, but you never know.