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After delay, David DeCastro visits

April, 18, 2012
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IRVING, Texas – David DeCastro's initial visit to the Cowboys was cancelled because of severe storms two weeks ago, but the team was able to meet with the Stanford All-American at Valley Ranch recently, according to sources.

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The storms prevented the Cowboys from meeting with their full complement of visitors, but they were able to add LSU defensive end Michael Brockers to the list for a visit today.

Today is the final day draft prospects are allowed to visit teams. The first round of the draft is April 26 with Rounds 2-7 on April 27-28.

The list of visitors is noteworthy because of the Cowboys’ recent history. The last time the Cowboys’ first pick did not visit the team’s facility was DeMarcus Ware in 2005. Since then the team has met with Bobby Carpenter (2006), Anthony Spencer (2007), Felix Jones (2008), Mike Jenkins (2008), Jason Williams (2009), Dez Bryant (2010) and Tyron Smith (2011).

DeCastro is the best offensive line prospect in the draft. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones broke with tradition last year by selecting an offensive lineman in the first round (Smith) for the first time in his tenure. DeCastro was a three-year starter at Stanford.

Brockers projects as a 3-4 defensive end and had two sacks, four pressures and 9.5 tackles for loss last year at LSU.

The Cowboys also visited with the Alabama trio of safety Mark Barron, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw, guards Cordy Glenn (Georgia), Amini Silatolu (Midwestern State) and Ronnell Leary (Memphis), Boise State nose tackle Chase Baker, Cal safety D.J. Campbell, Albion cornerback Chris Greenwood, Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward and Oklahoma linebacker Ronnell Lewis.

Three Tide defenders to visit Cowboys

April, 3, 2012
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IRVING, Texas – Most of the draft prognosticators have linked the Cowboys to Alabama’s three top defensive players, and all three are visiting with the team this week.

Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, safety Mark Barron and outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw are among the “top 30” visitors to meet with the coaches and front-office staff and get a look at Cowboys Stadium and Valley Ranch, according to multiple sources.

NFL rules limit teams to 30 national visitors to facilities prior to the draft, however, they do no on-field workouts. The visits are more in-depth interviews to get a feel for how a player learns or interacts. There is also a medical checkup.

While the players vary in talent and draft grades, the team’s last first-round pick not to make a top-30 visit with the Cowboys prior to the draft was DeMarcus Ware in 2005.

Coach Jason Garrett attended the pro day workouts of the three Crimson Tide players last week on his way back from the NFL owners' meetings. Garrett broke into the NFL coaching business in Miami under Alabama coach Nick Saban and counts Saban as one of his mentors. Last year Garrett attended Southern Cal’s pro day and the Cowboys selected Tyron Smith with their first-round pick.

In free agency, the Cowboys signed guards Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings, but the team is also looking at Stanford’s David DeCastro, Georgia’s Cordy Glenn, Midwestern State’s Amini Silatolu and Memphis’ Ronnell Leary.

Other visitors include: Boise State nose tackle Chase Baker, Cal safety D.J. Campbell, Albion cornerback Chris Greenwood, Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward and Oklahoma linebacker Ronnell Lewis.

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