Dallas Cowboys: Kawann Short

Names to keep an eye on for Cowboys

April, 25, 2013
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IRVING, Texas – Over the last few years, the Cowboys’ top-30 visitors before the draft have been a good indicator into who they end up selecting.

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Guys like Dez Bryant, Sean Lee, Tyrone Crawford and Matt Johnson, among others, visited Valley Ranch and ended up getting picked by the team.

Here is the list of this year’s invites to keep handy for the next three days:

S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
S Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International
S Eric Reid, LSU
G Chance Warmack, Alabama
RB Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State
RB Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State
DL Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
RB Knile Davis, Arkansas
G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
OL Justin Pugh, Syracuse
DT Kawann Short, Purdue
DT Jordan Hill, Penn State
C Travis Frederick, Wisconsin
S Phillip Thomas, Fresno State
WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
LB Sio Moore, Connecticut
LB Gerald Hodges, Penn State
CB B.W Webb, William & Mary
WR Charles Johnson, Grand Valley State
RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
OL Kyle Long, Oregon
S J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern
LB Brandon Magee, Arizona State
TE D.C. Jefferson, Rutgers
TE Dion Sims, Michigan State
WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
S Jakar Hamilton, South Carolina State
DT Bennie Logan, LSU

Advanced scouting: Kawann Short

April, 3, 2013
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Kawann ShortJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesKawann Short was a two-time captain at Purdue and impressed at the Senior Bowl.
To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 3 defensive lineman: Kawann Short


Position: Defensive tackle

Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 299 pounds

School: Purdue

Why he’s on the radar: He is productive, finishing his collegiate career with 18 sacks and 48 tackles for loss. He performed well in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, as well as at the Senior Bowl. He is a crafty player, according to some reports, but he moves better than people think. One possible tiebreaker in the Cowboys' evaluation process that could favor Short: he was a two-time captain for the Boilermakers. Jason Garrett always talks about having the “right kind of guys.”

Projection: Late first round, early second

Stretch Truths: It’s frustrating to watch this kid on film, as he’s a feast-or-famine type player. … Will flash some quickness and hands to punch and shed. … Lacks lower strength to bull rush or get any pocket push at the point of attack. … Does not show the speed when pursuing the chase. … Soft body; skinny lower. … Would be tough to pick him early. … In my eyes, he could go early, but at times looks like a free agent on film.

Cowboys visitors from need positions

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IRVING, Texas – It is no secret that the Cowboys need help along the offensive and defensive lines and at safety entering the NFL draft, so it’s not surprising the team is meeting with some of the best available at those positions this week at Valley Ranch.

With the draft three weeks away, the Cowboys are scheduled to meet with 28 national prospects, including offensive linemen Chance Warmack (Alabama), Jonathan Cooper (North Carolina), Jonathan Pugh (Syracuse) and Travis Frederick (Wisconsin), safeties Kenny Vaccaro (Texas), Jonathan Cyprien (Florida International) and Eric Reid (LSU) and defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson (Missouri) and Kawann Short (Purdue).

Among the other players visiting are Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas, running backs Knile Davis (Arkansas), Joseph Randle (Oklahoma State) and Le’Veon Bell (Michigan State) and defensive tackle Jordan Hill (Penn State).

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