Jerry Jones is known for being a business guru and one of the most tenacious, and invasive, owners the NFL has ever seen. For some reason, though, the Dallas Cowboys have become somewhat of a joke (loving this sentence so far) and the latest episode involves yet another leak of their draft board. The folks at Blogging The Boys managed to decrypt the background of some photos and reveal a full seven-round draft board in the Cowboys war room.
The results show, among other things, that the selection of center Travis Frederick was indeed a reach by their own assessment which solidifies reports that the pick was a contentious one between various members of the team’s brass. The Cowboys have Frederick with a second round grade, according to the report, and the Cowboys selected him at #31 after trading backwards with the Niners. Five players that they graded as first round prospects were available to them at #18 and they could have had their pick of the bunch had they not traded down.
The other items you might find most interesting about this revelation are where the Vikings selections stacked up on the Dallas board. Sharrif Floyd was not only their highest ranked defensive tackle, but he was ranked as the fifth best player in this class. Wide out Cordarrelle Patterson was also the highest ranked at his position and came in at 13th overall for the ‘Boys. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes was their second highest cornerback and they had him at 11th overall.
That means that the Vikings, who never owned a pick higher than 23rd this year, managed to get three prospects on their roster that were in the top 13 on the Dallas draft board. Meanwhile, the Cowboys went into the event with the 18th selection, and managed to get zero players that they had graded out as first rounders.
To top it off, the Cowboys had third round grades on both linebacker Gerald Hodges and defensive tackle Everett Dawkins, whom the Vikings nabbed in the fourth and seventh rounds, respectively.
The Vikings and Cowboys have a long and bitter history, with the Vikings a lot more bitter than the Cowboys, so these are the little pleasures we have to enjoy from time to time. According to Jerry Jones’ draft board itself, we got ourselves three franchise players in the Draft, and unlike the Cowboys of the 90’s we didn’t have to deal away our star running back to do it.