By Tim Graham
The Dallas Cowboys' draft plans apparently weren't foiled by anything the Buffalo Bills did.
BloggingTheBoys.com has reconstructed Dallas' 2013 draft board, which was used as a backdrop for interviews owner Jerry Jones gave to the team's official site. A similar revelation was made in 2010, and the board was confirmed to be the real deal.
With that in mind, we can see what the Cowboys would think of the Bills' draft haul. The Cowboys likely were unimpressed.
The Cowboys didn't give any Bills draftee a grade equal to or better than the round the Bills drafted him.
First-round pick EJ Manuel, for instance, had a fourth-round grade on Dallas' draft board and was listed as the fourth-best quarterback prospect behind Ryan Nassib, Matt Barkley and Geno Smith.
Dallas' board also doesn't include second-round pick Robert Woods (perhaps because he didn't fit the offense) or fourth-round pick Duke Williams (perhaps because of character concerns).
Here is the Bills' draft class with the Cowboys' grade in parentheses:
- 1st round: EJ Manuel, Florida State quarterback (4th round)
- 2nd round: Robert Woods, USC receiver (not on Cowboys' board)
- 2nd round: Kiko Alonso, Oregon linebacker (4th round)
- 3rd round: Marquise Goodwin, Texas receiver (6th round)
- 4th round: Duke Williams, Nevada safety (not on Cowboys' board)
- 5th round: Jonathan Meeks, Clemson safety (6th round)
- 6th round: Dustin Hopkins, Florida State kicker (not on Cowboys' board)
- 7th round: Chris Gragg, Arkansas tight end (not on Cowboys' board)
tagged2013 draft | Chris Gragg | Duke Williams | Dustin Hopkins | EJ Manuel | Jonathan Meeks | Kiko Alonso | Marquise Goodwin | Robert Woods