To let owner Jerry Jones tell it, the Dallas Cowboys have no plans on a taking a quarterback with the fourth overall pick.
But if the list of 30 pre-draft visits is any indication, coach Jason Garrett, scouting chief Will McClay and vice president Stephen Jones are doing their homework just in case — on quarterbacks and just about everybody else worthy of being picked at No. 4 or in possible trade-down scenarios.
California’s Jared Goff, North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz and Memphis’ Paxton Lynch are among six quarterbacks expected to visit the team’s Valley Ranch headquarters this week, sources said.
Goff and Wentz are top-10 prospects considered options worthy of the fourth overall pick. The other quarterback visitors are Christian Hackenberg, Connor Cook and Jacoby Brissett, all middle-round options.
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If you add in TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, who is coming in for Dallas Day workouts with area players on Friday, the number swells to seven quarterbacks.
The Cowboys are likely taking a quarterback at some point in the draft, but it just might not be with the fourth pick.
They are doing their due diligence and taking a closer look at all the top prospects for the No. 4 pick as well as options for later in the draft.
Other first-round prospects expected to visit this week include Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey, Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner, Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell, Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson, Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins and Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche.
Second-round options visiting are Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd and Alabama running back Derrick Henry.
Only Bosa, Elliott, Ramsey and Buckner are being considered in mock drafts at No. 4 or higher.
The rest would only be on the Cowboys’ list in possible trade-down scenarios from the No. 4 pick, another indication that everything is on the table.