IRVING — With less than a month to go before the NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys on Monday began hosting prospects for their 18th overall pick.The team will bring in between 28-30 national prospects. Among the expected visitors are safeties Kenny Vaccaro (Texas), Eric Reid (LSU), and Jonathan Cyprien (Florida International), guard Chance Warmack (Alabama), tackle D.J. Fluker (Alabama), tackle Terron Armstead (Arkansas-Pine Bluff) and running backs Le’Veon Bell (Michigan State) and Joseph Randle (Oklahoma State).Vaccaro talked to the Cowboys at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, did a private workout with the team recently and is now expected to visit their Valley Ranch headquarters.Who visits is usually a good indicator of whom the Cowboys might select with the 18th pick.The top pick has been among the pre-draft visitors every year between 2006-2011, including linebacker Bobby Carpenter, linebacker Anthony Spencer, linebacker Jason Williams, running back Felix Jones, receiver Dez Bryant and tackle Tyron Smith. That string was broken last year when the Cowboys traded up from 14 to sixth overall to pick cornerback Morris Claiborne.In 2005, Dallas drafted DeMarcus Ware first and he didn’t make a pre-draft visit.The first round will be held April 25, the second and third rounds April 26 and rounds four through seven April 27.Dallas has six picks in the draft, one in each round except the seventh. They traded their seventh-round pick to Miami for Ryan Cook last season.
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