Our Dallas Cowboys affiliate, Blogging the Boys, made national NFL headlines this week with their story unveiling Dallas' 2013 NFL Draft Board, reconstructed in its entirety. Everyone from NFL.com to ESPN were talking about it, so if you haven't seen it yet, head on over to check it out.
Now knowing that another team's draft board is public, we can compare the Cowboys' draft board to the players who the Cleveland Browns selected. You obviously cannot make an apples-to-apples comparison, because teams have vastly different needs and scouting reports. Nonetheless, I thought maybe it could clue us in on where the Browns' draft picks stacked up on another team's board.
Unfortunately, this was a bad year to make a comparison for Cleveland, considering the draft they had. They were without a second-round pick, and only had five picks overall, three of whom were considered risks due to their injury or personal history. Because of that, out of 129 players who appeared on the Cowboys' draft board, only one of them were selected by the Cowboys -- OLB Barkevious Mingo, who Cleveland selected at No. 6 overall.
The Cowboys had Mingo ranked No. 9 on their draft board, placing a high priority on offensive linemen, which consisted of five of their first eight ranked players. The defensive players ahead of Mingo included OLB Dion Jordan, CB Dee Milliner, and DT Shariff Floyd. When the Cowboys traded down and made their pick at No. 31 overall, they took C Travis Frederick. The pick drew a big "huh" from people, but he actually was the top player on their draft board at the time.
Browns third-round draft pick Leon McFadden did not appear anywhere on Dallas' board, but they may have placed a lesser premium on cornerbacks in the draft, due to having the likes of Brandon Carr and Maurice Claiborne. It would have been nice to see one of our late-round wonders valued high by the Cowboys, but I guess if that happened, we never would have been able to draft that player -- Dallas would've taken them instead. Oh well.
Check out the rest of the Cowboys' draft board and let us know if there are any surprises for you.