Cowboys 2013 NFL Draft Big Board Revealed; Top 100 Prospects


The Dallas Cowboys have received a ton of criticism concerning their choices during this year’s NFL Draft. Now, the Cowboys’ draft board has been allegedly leaked on-line and some of those questionable decisions are starting to make a little more sense. And a clearer picture is being painted of the thought processes behind their picks.

Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces Sharrif Floyd (Florida) as the number twenty-three overall pick to the Minnesota Vikings during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys selections were center Travis Frederick (#22), tight end Gavin Escobar (#25), wideout Terrance Williams (#23), safety J.J. Wilcox (#50), cornerback B.W. Webb (#47), running back Joseph Randle (#67), and linebacker DeVonte Holloman (#95).

It is obvious by the list below, that the Cowboys coveted selecting an offensive lineman with their first pick. They passed up higher ranked players such as defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (#4), corner Xavier Rhodes (#11), wideout Cordarelle Patterson (#13), tight end Tyler Eifert (#15), defensive end Bjoern Werner (#17) and wideout DeAndre Hopkins (#20).

What’s interesting is that the Cowboys had offensive tackle Justin Pugh ranked right above Frederick. And they could have easily selected Pugh with their first pick. But the Cowboys also coveted getting an extra third round pick. So, they infamously traded down to #31 in a deal with the San Francisco 49ers. The New York Giants ended up grabbing Pugh with the very next pick at #19.

Also of note is the high ranking given to defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd. As the draft unfolded, it became evident that a top offensive lineman would not be available when Dallas finally got on the clock at #18. It was expected by many that Floyd would be the perfect choice for them, as many pre-draft boards had him as a top ten talent. When the Cowboys elected to trade down, many believe the choice not to select Floyd was because he would not have fit Dallas’ new defensive scheme under Monte Kiffin. But the revelation that Dallas had him ranked as the #5 player on their big board and still elected not to pick him, says a lot about their goals early on in the draft. After losing out on those prime O-lineman, getting that third round pick “by any means necessary” became their new top priority. And, by doing so, they decided to leave a ton of talent on the table.

According to the results posted by Blogging with the Boys, here are the player rankings for the first five rounds. Rounds six and seven on the board were obscured.

  1. Luke Joeckel, OT
  2. Eric Fisher, OT
  3. Dion Jordon, DE
  4. Dee Milliner, CB
  5. Sharrif Floyd, DT
  6. Johnathan Cooper, OG
  7. Lane Johnson, OT
  8. Chance Warmack, OG
  9. Barkevious Mingo, OLB
  10. Ezekiel Ansah, DE
  11. Xavier Rhodes, CB
  12. Kenny Vaccaro, S
  13. Cordarelle Patterson, WR
  14. Tavon Austin, WR
  15. Tyler Eifert, TE
  16. Sheldon Richardson, DT
  17. Bjoern Werner, DE
  18. Star Lotulelei, DT
  19. D. J. Fluker, OT
  20. DeAndre Hopkins, WR
  21. Justin Pugh, OT
  22. Travis Frederick, OC
  23. Terrance Williams, WR
  24. Eric Reid, S
  25. Gavin Escobar, TE
  26. Darius Slay, CB
  27. Zach Ertz, TE
  28. Ryan Nassib, QB
  29. Margus Hunt, DE
  30. Gio Bernard, RB
  31. Matt Barkley, QB
  32. Justin Hunter, WR
  33. Sylvester Williams, DT
  34. D. J. Hayden, CB
  35. Kawann Short, DT
  36. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB
  37. Geno Smith, QB
  38. Eddie Lacy, RB
  39. Kevin Minter, ILB
  40. Manti T’eo, ILB
  41. Montee Ball, RB
  42. Desmond Trufant, CB
  43. Menelik Watson, OT
  44. Marcus Wheaton, WR
  45. Arthur Brown, OLB
  46. Jamie Collins, DE
  47. B. W. Webb, CB
  48. Johnathan Cyprien, S
  49. Tank Carradine, DE
  50. J. J. Wilcox, S
  51. Bennie Logan, DT
  52. Stedman Bailey, WR
  53. Le’Veon Bell, RB
  54. Robert Alford, CB
  55. Jordan Hill, DT
  56. Gerald Hodges, OLB
  57. Jonathan Bostic, OLB
  58. Vance McDonald, TE
  59. Datone Jones, DE
  60. Dion Sims, TE
  61. Dwayne Gratz, S
  62. Everett Dawkins, DT
  63. D. C. Jefferson, TE
  64. Jamar Taylor, CB
  65. D. J. Swearinger, S
  66. Kyle Long, OT
  67. Joseph Randle, RB
  68. Damontre Moore, DE
  69. Brandon Magee, OLB
  70. Khaled Holmes, OC
  71. Corey Lemonier, DE
  72. Quinton Patton, WR
  73. Stepfan Taylor, RB
  74. A. J. Klein, ILB
  75. Will Davis, CB
  76. E. J. Manual, QB
  77. Sean Porter, OLB
  78. Dallas Thomas, OT
  79. Sio Moore, OLB
  80. Josh Boyce, WR
  81. Brandon Jenkins, DE
  82. Andre Ellington, RB
  83. Kenny Stills, WR
  84. Kiko Alonso, ILB
  85. Phillip Thomas, S
  86. David Amerson, CB
  87. David Bakhtiari, OT
  88. Mike Buchanon, DE
  89. Brian Winters, OG
  90. Earl Watford, OG
  91. Brian Schwenke, OC
  92. Keelan Johnson, S
  93. Lavar Edwards, DE
  94. Tyler Wilson, QB
  95. DeVonte Holloman, OLB
  96. Johnathan Franklin, RB
  97. Mike Glennon, QB
  98. Brandon McGee, CB
  99. Brennan Williams, OT
  100. Theo Riddick, RB
  101. Logan Ryan, CB
  102. Jakar Hamilton, S
  103. Zaviar Gooden, OLB
  104. Ricky Wagner, OT
  105. Cobi Hamilton, WR
  106. Sam Barrington, ILB
  107. Connie Washington, DE
  108. Zeke Motta, S
  109. Mike Gillislee, RB
  110. Akeen Spense, DT
  111. Khaseem Greene, OLB
  112. Oday Aboushi, OT
  113. Alex Okafor, DE
  114. Reid Fragel, OT
  115. Malliciah Goodman, DE
  116. Josh Boyd, DT
  117. Aaron Dobson, WR