So it's not surprising, that just one year after picking up what most experts consider "a steal" in the 2005 draft in former Virginia defensive end Chris Canty, that Cowboys scouts are back in Charlottesville, Va. to see what prospects has Groh and company have this year.
Recently, TheRanchReport.com learned that Dallas special teams coach Bruce DeHaven visited the Cavaliers' Pro day.
One of three players we've been told that struck the interest of several teams, including the Cowboys, is quarterback Marques Hagans.
Hagans is considered too short by most NFL scouts to play quarterback, even though the St. Louis Rams are reportedly very interested in seeing what he can do at the position, however he could be an ideal kick returner.
Tony Softli, as scout for the Carolina Panthers told reporters afterwards: "I see [Hagans] as a Seneca Wallace, a former quarterback that is possibly a wide receiver or punt returner. And don't discount him as a quarterback just because he's short.
In addition, TheRanchReport.com has also learned that Dallas is interested in Virginia kickers Connor Hughes and Kurt Smith.
"I worked in the same division with coach Groh for about 10 years up in the AFC East and I got to know him and I trust his judgment," DeHaven told reporters at the event. "When he says these guys are good kickers and are good competitors and you need to come look at them, well that's all I need to hear."
DeHaven, who arrived late because of bad weather in the area, was particularly pleased to see the two prospects kick in less than ideal conditions.
"They volunteered to go back out and kick again for me, so I got a chance to see them," said DeHaven. "This is a big day for them and it was good to see them work under conditions that are not optimum and to see how they react when things don't go as well as you think they might."
Hughes had five career kicks over 50-yards during his four-year career at Virginia, however he is not necessarily viewed as a kicker that could consistently handle kickoffs at the next level, unless he improves his leg strength.
Still, as a senior last season, Hughes connected on 21-of-24 of his field goal attempts, including five of six from outside of forty yards.
He also made all 36 of his PATs.
With the recent signing of veteran kicker Mike Vanderjagt, the most accurate kicker in NFL history, the Cowboys are expected to sign another kicker to handle kickoffs.
Full Name: Marques Hagans School: Virginia
Ht: 5-9 Wt: 215 40: 4.80 Year: 5Sr
Bio: Two-year starter who posted career-best numbers of 62.1%/2,492/14/12 through the air last season. Played receiver as a sophomore posting 28/262.
Pos: Athletic college quarterback who projects to slot receiver. Possesses a strong arm throwing the ball and gets passes through the tight creases of the defense. Elusive carrying the ball and picks up positive yardage with his legs. Turned in a tremendous pass-catching workout at the combine.
Neg: Lacks pocket stature and throwing accuracy at quarterback. Marginal size/speed numbers for the receiver position.
Analysis: A multi-purpose player, Hagans can be used at several different ball-handling roles. Special-teams contributions this summer will further his cause.