Dec 27, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Travis Frederick at press conference for the 2013 Rose Bowl at the L.A. Hotel Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Draft Chart Designed By Chemical Engineers

Dec. 4, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones (left) and owner Jerry Jones prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It’s important we all understand, according to Cowboy’s owner, Jerry Jones, that the NFL draft is not an exact science.  It’s also important that we know that since Jerry’s first draft, he had people with chemical engineering degrees put together the first ever draft chart and have aided in putting draft charts together ever since – at least for the Dallas Cowboys.

After all that, though, just like oil drilling (I guess), no matter what the chemical engineers hypothesize, only God really knows how things are gonna turn out.

OK.  Good to know.

It seems that the NFL draft not being an exact science wasn’t a secret, so it may be that Jerry may have been explaining away or justifying why it felt like the Cowboys were a little all over the place in this draft.   I would have accepted the explanation that ‘Stephen Jones spilled coffee on one of the draft charts and we were winging it there for a while’.

Dec 27, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Travis Frederick at press conference for the 2013 Rose Bowl at the L.A. Hotel Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

My first thought Thursday night was that the Cowboys reached on the Center from Wisconsin, Travis Frederick.  He may have been the top Center in the draft, but he was going to be available later.  As the second day got under way with rounds 2 and 3, however, I sensed that, in this years draft anyway, it really didn’t matter that the Cowboys reached on Frederick.  This draft – IMO – was middle heavy, so a pick that was made in the bottom of the 1st round and the bottom of the 2nd or the top of the 3rd didn’t look significantly different.

Would I have taken Frederick at 31?, No.  I would have taken Safety, Matt Elam, out of Florida who the Baltimore Ravens took next with the 32nd pick.  As a matter of fact, if I was the Cowboy’s owner, I would have replaced my chemical engineer with a fly on the wall in the Raven’s trade room.  Going with whomever they were going to pick. Don’t misunderstand, unlike some of you, I don’t want to have QB, Joe Flacco over our  QB, Tony Romo or their Tight End over ours or anything like that.  I just think that the Raven’s GM, Ozzie Newsome, may be an upgrade over the Cowboy’s chemical engineers.

Nov 24, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Baylor Bears wide receiver Terrance Williams (2) warms up before the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the game at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Over all, I’m not overly excited about any of the Cowboy’s picks in this year’s draft.  But I’m not disappointed in any of them either.  I particularly liked 2 picks – WR, Terrance Williams out of Baylor and RB, Joseph Randle out of Oklahoma State.  Not overlooking the fact that, if you consider Cole Beasley and a healthy Danny Coale and Dwayne Harris, the Cowboys may have too many WRs, I see Williams as someone who might push a lazy Miles Austin (or push him out of the way entirely).  I also saw Randle as insurance for an injury prone RB, DeMarco Murray.  Jerry Jones has sinced confirmed that is exactly what Randle was drafted for.

As for the rest of the picks, if I get nit picky, I thought the Cowboys needed a defensive lineman more than a Tight End or a Corner.

The Cowboys say they got more ‘Romo friendly’ because of the offensive players they picked.  I’m not sure that this draft was really ‘Romo friendly’, because I see ‘Romo friendly’ meaning more and better offensive linemen.  Instead, I guess Jerry and Cowboys head coach, Jason Garrett, thinks bringing 30 WRs and 20 TEs, as well as 12 CBs but only, like, 3 Safetys, to training camp, made more sense.

All things considered, taking Jerry’s words to heart where this years NFL draft is concerned, what do I know?  I don’t have a chemical engineering degree.  But, hey, I hear that the Center we drafted, Travis Frederick, does.


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  • MillaRed

    It seems that most analysts agreed there were only 16-18 1st round grades. Engineering degree or not, my math tells me that picks 20 down were 2nd round quality. Pick 31? Most definitely 2nd round material. So what is all of the stress about? How many linemen went top 12? Can Matt Elam block defensive ends or tackles? What better lineman was available at 31? Who can guarantee Frederick would be there in the mid 2nd?

    I can tell you a few things about this draft, I am from Wisconsin. I have watched Travis face plant dudes 50 pounds heavier than him. He may be our best lineman RIGHT NOW.

    I am in a college fantasy football league. BCS only. And yes, the top performers in our league translate very well into the NFL 15 years running.

    Aside from Marquise Lee, Terrence Williams tore this league apart. He is a 1st team All-American and he as steady as they come. Randle has been killing us for 2 years.

  • MillaRed

    I did not like the TE in the 2nd round. Would have liked Warford or Armstead or a D-lineman. Hopefully this kid does well.

    Our defense? Well, we have the carryover rookies that were injured back from 2012. A few new pieces, and the post Doug Free cut money to grab a free agent lineman. Plus the injury riddled starters are back.

    Do people forget we have to Pro Bowlers in Ware and Spencer on that line? Can Ratliff stay on the field and perform? That is the million dollar question moving forward.

  • jrcowboy49

    Dallas Cowboys draft chart designed by chemical engineers and draft is ran by an idiot narcissist whose failed and destructive decisions are ruining this Team!

    • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

      JJ ruined this team several years ago starting with the firing of Jimmy Johnson and then not realizing he is a failure as a general manager. It appears his son is going to be even worse. After 50 years of being a Cowboy fan I am seriously thinking about giving up.

      • Viper4

        Where I can I send a “Thank You” card?

    • Viper4

      As opposed to a self-serving, pompous fan like you who doubtless–based on God knows what criteria–likely believes himself to be the smartest kid in the sandbox.

      • jrcowboy49

        Your constant personal attacks on fans who are critical of Jerrah are noted and unappreciated. Jerrah paying you well?

        • Viper4

          As are both your pathological contempt for the “idiot narcissist” and your threadbare cliche that anyone who finds such hatred malicious and unjustified to be a shill for
          Jerry anything more than infantile at best and pathological at worst.

          I can make a strong case for my responses to those who libel Jones. I doubt you can do the same in your attacks against a man who you’ve never met, has never in any way purposefully injured you, or has been guilty of anything more than failing to live up to your expectations as a fan who clearly loathes Jones for failing to give you the vicarious thrill of delivering a Super Bowl to HIS team.

  • Randy Colin

    TLH articles written by an infinite number of monkeys sitting at an infinite number of typewriters…but so far with only the predictable results.

  • Viper4

    O.K. , Artie: how about telling us your bona-fides as a draft guru? Where does your knowledge come from? A career as a scout? A former NFL or college coach? If…if…if…if… . Anyone can red board. Anyone can presume they can do somebody else’s job better. Jerry hasn’t brought home a trophy in 16 years. Maybe that makes him unqualified to be an influence in the draft. At the same time Jerry’s dry stretch of Super Bowl rings doesn’t make you qualified by default.

    • Artie C

      Never said I was. Was hoping for a D lineman tho

      • Viper4

        Artie, fess up: I’ve done some editing in my day and I can tell when a writer’s piece is dripping with sarcasm and condescension. You profess to know Frederick would have been available later in the draft–although you know you wouldn’t bet the rent on that I’m guessing. That predictable speculation pales in comparison to your insinuation that Dallas “was all over the place in this draft”. How could you possibly know that without knowing what their plan was when the first of the 17 kids they wanted were gone and what their contingency plan was if one or two things didn’t break their way?