Dallas Cowboys' draft board exposed
The Dallas Cowboys are aware their 2013 NFL draft board has been compromised.
Blogging The Boys, a website that covers the team, compiled the Cowboys' draft board by piecing together pictures of owner Jerry Jones, who was standing in front of the board while conducting TV interviews in the team's war room, from several different angles. Multiple sources confirmed that Jones did television interviews inside the war room.
A review of the draft board confirms several things that Cowboys officials revealed the night of the draft:
• The Cowboys had first-round grades on 18 players. There were two wide receivers -- Cordarrelle Patterson and Tavon Austin -- with first-round grades. The Cowboys, who struggled along the offensive line in 2012, had three tackles and two guards among their top 18 grades.
• Their eventual first-round pick, center/guard Travis Frederick, was given a second-round grade and was ranked 22nd on the Cowboys' overall board. After the Cowboys traded down in the first round with the San Francisco 49ers, team officials said Frederick became their target. The team also had second-round grades on Gavin Escobar (25th on Cowboys' board, drafted in the second round) and Terrance Williams (23rd overall; drafted in the third round).
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• The best tight end of the draft, Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert, also received a first-round grade. It begs the question: Why did the Cowboys not draft Eifert with their first-round pick at No. 16? The Cowboys instead traded the pick to the 49ers, who grabbed safety Eric Reid. The Cowboys had a second-round grade on Reid and valued Texas' Kenny Vaccaro more. A source said the Cowboys didn't value Reid at No. 18, but did in the late first round or second round.
• Buffalo drafted quarterback E.J. Manuel at No. 18. The Cowboys had a fourth-round grade on him and ranked three quarterbacks ahead of him -- Ryan Nassib, Matt Barkley and Geno Smith. Those three quarterbacks had second-round grades on the Cowboys' board.
• The Cowboys had a third-round grade on running back Joseph Randle, whom they selected in the fifth round. Nine running backs were taken before Randle was selected. However, the Cowboys had four running backs ranked ahead of Randle on their board -- Giovani Bernard, Eddie Lacy, Montee Ball and Le'Veon Bell.
This is not the first time this has happened to the Cowboys, as BTB put together an almost complete image of the team's draft board in 2010.
During the draft, the Cowboys provide fans with glimpses of the war room on the team's website. The camera, however, is stationed in front of Jones, executive vice president Stephen Jones and coach Jason Garrett and you can't see the draft board.
With two glimpses at the Cowboys' draft board in four years, one can only wonder if Jones will conduct interviews in the war room in the future.