Grading The Cowboys Draft... Sort Of

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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Football fans enjoy the festivities outside of Radio City Music Hall before the 2014 NFL Draft. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Football fans enjoy the festivities outside of Radio City Music Hall before the 2014 NFL Draft. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The dust has settled.  The weekend is over.  It’s time for that time-honored tradition of grading the Dallas Cowboys 2014 Draft…

Well, kind of.

I hate the instant evaluation that is part of the cottage industry known as the NFL Draft.  In no way possible is it logical that you would hand out grades based on the process of choosing players who have yet to ever play a professional down of football.  Even if the guys you have chosen are highly rated or fit your scheme or fill a need, it’s no guarantee that the guy chosen will pan out.   Here’s a great example of what I am talking about:

Player A is a 6’3″ 247 lb. defensive end who had 82 tackles, 13 sacks and 19 tackles for loss in his final year of school.  At the combine he ran a 4.61 forty-yard dash, had a shuttle run of 4.18 seconds and a three cone drill of just under 7 seconds.

Player B is a 6’3″ 251 lb. defensive end who had 72 tackles, 10.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss in his final year of school.  At the combine he ran a 4.76 forty-yard dash, had a shuttle run of 4.31 seconds and a three cone drill right around 7.5 seconds.

For the most part, sounds like Player A is better than Player B.  Player A is Jackson Jeffcoat.  He went undrafted and the Seattle Seahawks signed him as a free agent after the draft.  Player B is DeMarcus Lawrence.  You know, the guy that 90% of the fan base is sweating, not to mention the Cowboys front office, who gave up a third round pick in a deep draft to move up to draft him.  Hopefully it’s the right move, but you never know.

Today we’ll look at a few different grades handed out by the “experts” at some of the major sites.  I will add my two cents to their comments but make no mistake about it.  I am not giving out grades.  Not until this time next year for the class of 2014.  We’ll start with the home team’s official website.

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