Dallas Day: A Big Opportunity for NFL Prospects with Local Ties
Friday is a big day at The Star for NFL prospects with local ties. That’s because Friday is “Dallas Day”, an opportunity for the Cowboys to visit with prospects who grew up in the Dallas-Ft Worth metroplex or played college football locally.
NFL rules allow each team to schedule up to 30 visits of college prospects. But there is no limit on visits with players with local ties. That’s why a top prospect like Courtland Sutton, a wide receiver from SMU projected to be drafted in the first round, could be part of the Cowboys’ Dallas Day, not one of the team’s official 30 visits.
“We’re fortunate because there are a lot of guys who played high school football or college football in our area who are real prospects,” head coach Jason Garrett said during NFL annual meetings. “We’ll have our Dallas Day for the local guys around our 30 visits, then we start our draft meetings. It’s fun to get those guys to come out.”
One of Courtland Sutton’s college teammates at SMU, wide receiver Trey Quinn, is also expected to be a Dallas Day invite. Coach Garrett gave Quinn some one-on-one coaching tips when Garrett attended SMU’s Pro Day last week.
Sutton and Quinn hope to join the team and be part of the same receiving corps as fellow SMU alum Cole Beasley, a proud graduate of Little Elm High School.
Other Dallas Day visitors include the like of Texas Longhorn offensive lineman Connor Williams, a graduate of Coppell High School. Another Longhorn star, safety DeShon Elliott, has local ties as a graduate of Rockwall Heath High School.
Those prospects hope to join the like of other players with local ties that joined the Cowboys. Starting wide receiver Terrance Williams (Dallas W.T. White High School) got a close up look during Dallas Day in 2013 and wound up being drafted by the Cowboys in the third round. Jacques Reeves, the safety who was a Cowboys’ 7thround pick in 2004, was a Dallas Day visitor because he’s from nearby Lancaster. Another of the Cowboys’ 7thround picks in 2004 was Patrick Crayton, a wide receiver from DeSoto.
Sometimes the Dallas Day visitors aren’t drafted but signed as rookie free agents, including the likes of running backs Lance Dunbar (University of North Texas, Haltom High School) and Phillip Tanner (Dallas Kimball High School).