It’s a given that every NFL team will carefully do their homework on the potential NFL record-breaking draft class coming out of Ohio State, but the Cowboys should have their choice of any of the top Buckeyes with their first-round pick.
Jason Garrett and the majority of his coaching staff completed a private workout in Columbus featuring Ohio State’s top prospects on Friday. The private workout and formal visit stage is typical throughout the pre-draft process once most Pro Days are over, but defensive end Joey Bosa and running back Ezekiel Elliott are the two most high-profile names in play to be drafted by Dallas in the first round.
Mark Pantoni, Ohio State’s director of player personnel, posted a video clip on Twitter showing Bosa, Elliott, and quarterback Cardale Jones. If you look closely, you can see Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson working with Jones, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli working with Bosa, and running backs coach Gary Brown working with Elliott.
It’s clear the Cowboys need to address the defensive line this offseason with Greg Hardy likely on the way out along with Randy Gregory’s suspension. Sure, Bosa might be a fine fit in Marinelli’s scheme and has an NFL-ready frame, but do the Cowboys see him worthy of the fourth-overall pick?According to NFL media analyst Lance Zierlein, who has Bosa ranked as his second DE in this draft class and 6th overall prospect, the Cowboys aren’t in love with Bosa enough to take that chance. (CHQ has been told that Dallas' staff has long been "wrapping its head'' around the idea of Bosa this high. So stay tuned.)
Zierlein does, however, project the Cowboys to take a former Buckeye with the fourth overall pick in his latest mock draft, but it’s Ezekiel Elliott. And Fish makes a point about this issue as it relates to the signing of Alfred Morris (who we project as a Cowboys starter, pending the draft):
Whether the Cowboys decide to take a chance on either of these highly-regarded draft prospects or not, due to the absurd amount of talent coming out of Ohio State this year, it’s not a bad bet to think Dallas lands at least one former Buckeye throughout the draft. Of course, the same is true of most teams, for there is a reason Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien, who also made an appearance in Columbus this week, said he "always enjoys coming to Ohio State."
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