Editor’s note: This story has been updated with more players the Cowboys have met with since publication.
The NFL scouting combine began earlier this week and NFL teams have gotten their first chance to meet with their possible draft prospects.
Here are the prospects who have met with the Cowboys so far:
Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M
In three seasons at Texas A&M, Trayveon Williams racked up 3,615 yards and 34 rushing touchdowns while averaging six yards per carry.
At the combine, Williams measured in at 5-8, and 206 pounds. He ran a 4.51 in his 40-yard dash and a 4.44 in his 20-yard shuttle. He earned a 5.5 prospect grade on NFL.com, which according to their grading system, says he has a chance to become an NFL starter.
While the Cowboys appear to be set at running back with Ezekiel Elliott, SportsDay contributor John Owning listed Williams as one of the names they should keep an eye on at the combine. Owning writes:
“Williams is one of the more well-rounded running backs who could be available, and it will be interesting to see just how good of an athlete he truly is.”
T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Jason Witten may have come out of retirement to rejoin the Cowboys, but that didn’t stop them from meeting with Iowa tight end TJ Hockenson.
Hockenson measured in at 6-5 and 251 pounds. He ran a 4.7 in his 40-yard dash, had a 37.5 vertical jump and a 123.0 broad jump. NFL.com gave him a 6.35 prospect grade, saying he should become an instant starter.
During an interview on Saturday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn’t rule out drafting a tight end with the 58th pick in the draft.
Dax Raymond, TE, Utah State
SportsDay’s Jon Machota spoke with Utah State tight end Dax Raymond on Saturday morning, who said he met with the Cowboys.
In three seasons at Utah State, Raymond had 837 yards and three touchdowns. According to the team’s website, he measures in at 6-5, 250 pounds.
Here’s what Owning had to say about Raymond:
“Utah State’s Dax Raymond is arguably the best small-school option for the Cowboys at tight end. He looks like an average athlete on tape, but if he’s able to test above average, it will only mean positive things for his draft stock.”
Stanley Morgan Jr., WR, Nebraska
Stanley Morgan Jr. showed improvement through each of his four seasons at Nebraska.
He finished his collegiate career on a high note, racking up 1,990 yards and 17 touchdowns in his last two seasons.
At the combine, Morgan measured at 6-0, 202 pounds and ran a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash. NFL.com gave him a prospect grade of 5.5, deeming him with a chance of becoming an NFL starter.
Machota said in a recent chat that he wouldn’t have a problem with the Cowboys opting for a receiver with their second-round pick.
“I think the Cowboys need to add another young receiver to the mix in the draft. And I’d have no problem with them doing it as early as the 58th overall pick. If you go back through NFL drafts over the last decade, wide receiver is the position that has returned the best investment in that late second, early third part of the draft.”
Terry Beckner Jr., DT, Missouri
Missouri defensive tackle Terry Beckner confirmed to Machota that he had a formal interview with the Cowboys during the combine.
In four seasons at Missouri, Beckner compiled 120 total tackles, 32 for a loss and 13.5 sacks. He also had an interception and four passes defended.
“The defensive line is supposed to be a deep position group in the 2019 draft and that works in the Cowboys’ favor because, although I had defensive tackle as the bigger need entering 2019, the Gregory suspension vaults defensive end in front of DT, in my opinion.”
Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
Machota reports that Virginia safety Juan Thornhill has a meeting scheduled with the Cowboys for Sunday night.
“Dallas wouldn’t be upset if they drafted me,” Thornhill told Machota. “I’m a ballhawk. I had 13 career interceptions, 6 interceptions this year. With a guy like me, you’ll definitely get the ball back to the offense.”
Dallas was a middle-of-the-road team in 2018 when it came to creating turnovers. The Cowboys had 20, which ranked 16th in the league and they ranked 26th in the league with nine interceptions.
Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi St.
With some of the combine’s top defensive backs sitting out with injuries, the door was open for Abram to make a statement. He did just that with one of the fastest 40-yard dash time among DBs at 4.45.
Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston
At 6-foot-2, 208 pounds, Johnson would fit right into the tall, long mold of a Kris Richard-brand of cornerback. He also racked up some eye-popping combine numbers that included a 4.40 40 time.
Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn St.
Another tall cornerback (6-foot-2), Oruwariye bumped up his stock considerably with a good showing in Indianapolis. In 13 games as a senior at Penn St., he caught three interceptions and defended 11 passes.
The Cowboys’ offensive line took a step back last season because of injuries and Travis Frederick’s health. Dallas has spoken to three offensive linemen so far at the combine, possibly looking to add some depth up front.
First on the list is Kansas State’s Dalton Risner, who had the third-best short shuttle time of 4.52 among offensive linemen at the combine. He also ran a 5.31 40-yard dash.
The Cowboys have also spoken to Villanova’s Ethan Greenidge, who measured in a 6-4 and 327 pounds at the combine. NFL.com graded him at 5.16, which comes out to a better than average chance to make an NFL roster.
Rounding out the linemen the Cowboys have met with at the combine is Charlotte’s Nate Davis, who checked in at 6-3, 316 pounds at the combine. He finished with a 5.23 in his 40-yard dash, bench pressed 23 reps and had a 4.83 in the 20-yard shuttle. NFL.com graded him at 5.64, listing that he has a chance to become an NFL starter.
Florida safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson told Machota he has met with every team, including the Cowboys.
Machota also reports the Cowboys had an informal combine visit with Texas Longhorns defensive end Charles Omenihu.
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