Two short sentences about "sound" and " run"
Before launching the project, they sounded out a number of leading experts.
Before launching the project, they ran it to a number of leading experts.
I know the meaning of the two phrases: run something to someone, and sound someone out.But it seems that there is some similarity between the two.
Here is my guess: to run something to someone: is to tell something to someone, and to sound someone out also has kind of this sense.
So, are there any big differences between the two sentences above, to your native ear?