LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 28: John Conner #38 of the Kentucky Wildcats runs with the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers during the SEC game at Commonwealth Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
According to various reports, the Dallas Cowboys have scheduled private workouts with three draft prospects in Kentucky fullback John Conner (pictured), and Penn State linebackers Navorro Bowman and Sean Lee.
Lee, an inside linebacker and Bowman, an outside linebacker, told PennLive.com,per the Dallas Morning News, of their scheduled workouts with Dallas on Thursday. It was reported on Wednesday that embattled former Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant would visit the team on April 1. Like Bryant, the two Nittany Lions come with some potential red flags for scouts, that may cause their stock to dip.
Lee missed the 2008 season after suffering a torn right ACL, and battled through a sprained left ACL last year. Bowman has had some off-field issues, including being involved in a highly publicized on-campus fight in 2008 and admitting to smoking marijuana before last season.
Kentucky's John Conner's visit is intriguing due, in great part, to Deon Anderson's recent legal trouble. Anderson was arrested outside of an Addison restaurant early in the off-season, and was accused of threatening a valet (the complainant) with a gun. Just how the situation plays out--if Anderson will be suspended, etc--may play some role in Dallas's interest in the position on draft day.
In any case, the team will not likely look for a fullback in the early rounds, if at all.
According to the National Football Post (per the DMN), Conner is the top rated fullback in the draft, lauded for his size and abilities as a lead blocker.
In 2009, Conner rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns for Kentucky.