Cowboys’ pre-draft visitors include top defensive tackles

The Cowboys (almost) always show their hand in their pre-draft visits.

In the past 13 drafts, the Cowboys’ first-round choice has made a pre-draft visit except for Morris Claiborne in 2012. So it’s a safe assumption that Dallas’ first-round pick will come from one of the prospects it hosts at The Star.

Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley, Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans, Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea and Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne are among the names on the list to watch because of the positions they play. (It’s no wonder the Cowboys sent a large contingent, including head coach Jason Garrett, to Alabama’s Pro Day.)

But the Cowboys view Payne and Vea as three techniques, which is one of the most important positions in Marinelli’s defense. It’s the position Warren Sapp played during his Hall of Fame career with Marinelli as his position coach in Tampa.

Since the Cowboys switched to the Tampa 2 in 2013, Jason Hatcher has come the closest to being a dominant three technique for them. He had 11 sacks — the most for a Cowboys’ defensive tackle since Randy White had 12.5 in 1984 — as well as 33 quarterback pressures. Hatcher left for Washington in free agency in 2014.

The Cowboys would love to find a three technique to disrupt things inside, and Vea and Payne could be just that.

One of the items — a diamond ring for which Brees paid $8.18 million — allegedly appraised for only $3.75 million.

Moradi’s lawyer contends that nothing improper occurred.

“Drew Brees aggressively purchased multi-million dollar pieces of jewelry,” Eric M. George told TMZ. “Years later, claiming to suffer ‘cash flow problems,’ he tried to bully my client into undoing the transactions. . . . Mr. Brees’s behavior and his belief that he was wronged because the jewelry did not appreciate in value as quickly as he hoped both demonstrate a lack of integrity and contradict basic principles of both economics and the law.”la_kings_002

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