IRVING, Texas -- With the No. 9 pick in the first round and a need on the offensive line, the Cowboys are bringing in the top four tackles to Valley Ranch for a pre-draft visit.
Southern Cal’s Tyron Smith, who’s Pro Day was attended by head coach Jason Garret and offensive line/running game coordinator Hudson Houck, has been most commonly linked to the Cowboys at No. 9, but the team will also talk with Boston College’s Anthony Castonzo, Colorado’s Nate Solder and Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi.
Of the four, Smith is considered the top prospect because of his athleticism, but Castonzo is highly rated on some team’s boards, too.
With Solder and Carimi, the Cowboys could be looking into trade-down scenarios should a team want to pay the price to move to the No. 9 spot. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he has received offers from teams for the pick.
The Cowboys have not picked in the top 10 since 2003 when they took cornerback Terence Newman with the No. 5 overall pick. In the past, Jones has said he would like to avoid the top-10 because of the prohibitive contracts paid to unproven talent, however, there could be a rookie salary cap imposed this year depending on the collective bargaining agreement.