Cowboys Draft Board Leaked; Mistakes Were Made

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For a team like the Dallas Cowboys, it’s hard to keep a secret. But one of the more closely guarded secrets is their official draft board, especially prior to the NFL Draft. Well, for the second time in the past couple years, the Cowboys’ draft board has been leaked.

A writer over at Blogging with the Boys has claimed to have reconstructed the Cowboys’ 2013 draft board using video footage taken of owner and general manager Jerry Jones standing in front of it. He was able to allegedly reconstruct all seven rounds of their position-by-round board. Here’s what he found:

Players with 1st round grades: (No particular order)

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR (Selected by the Minnesota Vikings – Round 1; Pick: 29)
Tavon Austin, WR      (Selected by the St. Louis Rams – Round 1; Pick: 8)
Tyler Eifert, TE       (Selected by the Cincinnati Bengals – Round 1; Pick: 21)
Luke Joeckel, OT      (Selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars – Round 1; Pick: 2)
Eric Fisher, OT      (Selected by the Kansas City Chiefs – Round 1; Pick: 1)
Lane Johnson, OT      (Selected by the Philadelphia Eagles – Round 1; Pick: 4)
Jonathan Cooper, OG      (Selected by the Arizona Cardinals – Round 1; Pick: 7)
Chance Warmack, OG      (Selected by the Tennessee Titans – Round 1; Pick: 10)
Dion Jordan, DE      (Selected by the Miami Dolphins – Round 1; Pick: 3)
Barkevious Mingo, DE      (Selected by the Cleveland Browns – Round 1; Pick: 6)
Ezekiel Ansah, DE      (Selected by the Detroit Lions – Round 1; Pick: 5)
Bjoern Werner, DE      (Selected by the Indianapolis Colts – Round 1; Pick: 24)
Sharrif Floyd, DT      (Selected by the Minnesota Vikings – Round 1; Pick: 23)
Sheldon Richardson, DT  (Selected by the New York Jets – Round 1; Pick: 13)
Star Lotulelei, DT      (Selected by the Carolina Panthers – Round 1; Pick: 14)
Dee Milliner, CB      (Selected by the New York Jets – Round 1; Pick: 9)
Xavier Rhodes, CB      (Selected by the Minnesota Vikings – Round 1; Pick: 25)
Kenny Vaccaro, S      (Selected by the New Orleans Saints – Round 1; Pick: 15)

May 21, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick (70) participate in drills during organized team activities at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the players still left on the board when the Cowboys had the #18 pick in the draft:

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR
Tyler Eifert, TE
Bjoern Werner, DE
Sharrif Floyd, DT
Xavier Rhodes, CB

First Round Summary: The Cowboys must have really coveted an extra third round pick. It makes sense seeing the amount of players they have on their board with a third round grade. Still, the Cowboys went on to draft a tight end in the second round and a wideout in the third. The two top prospects at those positions, Patterson and Eifert respectively,are staring you dead in the face at #18. Why not pull the trigger there? Also available, the now infamous defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd. Instead, the Cowboys got bamboozled by the San Francisco 49ers in exchanging their 18th overall pick for the 31st overall pick and that coveted extra third round selection.

The next page has the second round grades…

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