Jason Garrett heads to Alabama pro day

March, 28, 2012
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PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Last year, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett attended one pre-draft pro day -- the one at USC -- and the Cowboys ended up drafting USC tackle Tyron Smith in the first round. Well, we do love clues, and so enjoy this one: Garrett is going to one pre-draft pro day this year, and it's Alabama's on Thursday. Per Calvin Watkins:
"As of now, it’s the only one of scheduled to go to," Garrett said. "Alabama had a pro day earlier in the month and a number of their players were not able to work out cause of injury. We felt it was worthwhile. Logistically it made sense. I am here. I'm going back to Texas. We are going to fly right over Tuscaloosa. It made sense for me to stop there and go to this workout tomorrow. So that is one of the reasons. We have had reps from the Cowboys at a lot of different pro days."
Side note: Maybe I'm punchy at the end of a couple of long days, but "We are going to fly right over Tuscaloosa" really made me laugh. Is he going to parachute out of the plane?

Anyway, there are three draft-eligible members of Alabama's national championship defense who could make good sense for the Cowboys at No. 14 in the first round. They are linebacker Courtney Upshaw, safety Mark Barron and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. All of them could be there for the Cowboys to choose from when their turn comes around. Upshaw would help the pass rush, Barron and Kirkpatrick the secondary, and the Cowboys need help and depth in both of those areas.

So, while Garrett's attendance in Tuscaloosa on Thursday doesn't guarantee that the Cowboys take a Crimson Tide defensive player in the first round, it could be offering us some indication of the direction in which they're leaning.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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