NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that Texas senior DT Chris Whaley had a visit with the Cowboys on Tuesday and Wednesday, and had dinner with the Cowboys staff.
Whaley is easily comparable to newly signed Cowboys' DT Henry Melton, who also was a former Texas running back who made the switch to defensive tackle. With Whaley's athleticism and quick feet, look for him to be an upfield gap penetrator at the next level. Whaley has some upside as a possible third day selection, but he's coming back from a torn ACL which ended his senior season last year. The former Longhorn's captain could be a nice developmental project for the Cowboys, if they plan to take a chance on him.
The Cowboys are showing some interest in Georgia's Aaron Murray, reports ESPN.com.
"However, it doesn’t mean the Cowboys won’t look at some quarterbacks," notes beat writer Calvin Watkins. Dallas team officials, including QB coach Wade Wilson, were in Athens, Ga. Wednesday to take in Georgia's pro day workout. The team doesn't expect to carry more than three QBs and already has Tony Romo, Kyle Orton and Brandon Weeden, but Watkins writes that Orton's contract is expected to be voided after next season and the squad wants to do its due diligence. ESPN’s Jon Gruden likes Murray's deep-ball accuracy and touch on the ball, and says he will be a "steal for somebody" in the draft.
Browns WR Josh Gordon, who told ESPN last month that Cleveland would draft a QB with the No. 4 pick, stands behind his proclamation that his team will pick a QB, but has become more vague about which pick it will use.
"From talking with Ray Farmer, I'm still pretty sure we're going to take a quarterback," Gordon said. The gifted wide out then offered his scouting report on all the top prospects. Blake Bortles: "Looks like he might be able to battle attrition and stay healthy." Johnny Manziel: "A real fireball, athletic player." Derek Carr: "Has an amazing arm on him and he has run the West Coast offense." Teddy Bridgewater: "Is an amazing athlete." Gordon declined to comment when asked his preference.
Georgia TE Arthur Lynch posted a 29-inch vertical jump and then decided to stand on the rest of his combine at Georgia’s pro day on Wednesday.
Lynch (6-foot-4 1/4, 256 pounds) "caught the ball well with no drops, having one double catch and two really nice outstanding catches," wrote NFL.com's Gil Brandt. NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Lynch is a poor man's Heather Miller due to his dual ability to catch and block. The former top prep prospect, a lauded in-line blocker, should be a third-day pick.
Aaron Murray (ACL) threw 52-of-54 catchable balls at Georgia’s pro day on Wednesday, but NFL.com's Gil Brandt noted that "toward the end of the workout it appeared as if his arm got tired."
Murray's surgically-repaired knee "looked stable" in front of reps from 20 NFL teams. Included in that bunch were the QB coaches from the Cowboys, Jaguars, Chiefs, Saints and Rams. Interestingly, Jacksonville also sent its head coach (Gus Bradley) and general manager (David Caldwell), while St. Louis dispatched director of player personnel Taylor Morton. Brandt did clarify that, despite the fatigue, Murray looked good. "He’s a not-get-too-high or not-get-too-low type of player," the analyst wrote. "If there’s a run on quarterbacks in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, he could wind up being selected in that round."
ESPN analyst Herm Edwards ranks Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner as his No. 5 CB.
Joyner checks in behind Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State), Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State), Bradley Roby (Ohio State) and Jason Verrett (TCU). Edwards writes that Joyner's size (5-foot-8, 184 pounds) is going to limit him to nickel back duties. "The bigger question is going to be: Can he hold up against the run?" Edwards wrote. "He's a very competitive CB with good vision and instincts but is better against quicker receivers than seam-stretching tight ends."
Former NFL HC Herm Edwards ranks Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard as the No. 1 CB in the class.
Edwards is in agreement with the Scouts Inc. crew of Kevin Weidl, Todd McShay and Steve Muench on the topic of Dennard. He also wrote essentially the same analysis, stating that Dennard lacks top-shelf speed but is "the most complete guy at the position." Writes Edwards: "He's not a 4.4-40 guy (4.51 at the combine), but he's got enough speed to stay with receivers, and I really like how he presses. He plays the run well and can recognize pattern combinations."
Towson RB Terrance West will visit the Falcons next Wednesday, reports ESPN.com.
West will being coming off a very busy week, having visited the Ravens on Monday, the Vikings on Tuesday, and the Seahawks on Wednesday, that we know of. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote earlier this week that West will be drafted in the third round, so interested parties are advised not to sit on their hands too long. West (5-foot-9, 225-pounds) is a one-cut, downhill runner who flashes good vision and power. In only three seasons at Towson, he slapped down 4,854 rushing yards and 84 touchdowns.