In 2010, fans took screenshots from ESPN’s broadcast inside the Cowboys’ War Room and from them were able to piece together owner Jerry Jones’ supposedly top-secret Big Board. Writers at SB Nation’s Blogging the Boys did the exact same thing with Jones’ 2013 board, and it provides some real insights into the team’s scouting process going into the all-important draft.
Here’s one of the pictures Blogging the Boys used in order to piece together the Cowboys’ Board:
The names and what round each player was slotted are all listed out behind Jones during the broadcast.
Check out the nearly complete Dallas Big Board, with analysis below.
|1 (18)||2 (22)||3 (28)||4 (21)||5 (28)||6 (8)||7 (7)|
|QB (7)||Ryan Nassib||E. J. Manuel||Tyler Wilson||Landry Jones|
|Matt Barkley||Mike Glennon|
|RB (11)||Gio Bernard||Montee Ball||Stepfan Taylor||Johnathan Franklin||Rex Burkhead|
|Eddie Lacy||Le’Veon Bell||Andre Ellington||Theo Riddick|
|Joseph Randle||Mike Gillislee|
|WR (14)||Cordarrelle Patterson||DeAndre Hopkins||Marcus Wheaton||Quinton Patton||Cobi Hamilton||Marquise Goodwin|
|Tavon Austin||Terrance Williams||Stedman Bailey||Josh Boyce||Aaron Dobson||Tavarres King|
|Justin Hunter||Kenny Stills|
|TE (7)||Tyler Eifert||Gavin Escobar||Vance McDonald||Levine Toilolo|
|Zach Ertz||Dion Sims|
|OT (10)||Luke Joeckel||D.J. Fluker||Menelik Watson||David Bakhtiari||Brennan Williams|
|Eric Fisher||Ricky Wagner|
|Lane Johnson||Oday Aboushi|
|OG (9)||Jonathan Cooper||Justin Pugh||Kyle Long||Dallas Thomas||Earl Watford||David Quessenberry|
|Chance Warmack||Brian WInters||Alvin Bailey|
|OC (3)||Travis Frederick||Khaled Holmes||Brian Schwenke|
|DE (17)||Dion Jordan||Margus Hunt||Jamie Collins||Corey Lemonier||Lavar Edwards||Trevardo Williams|
|Barkevious Mingo||Tank Carradine||Brandon Jenkins||Cornelius Washington|
|Ezekiel Ansah||Datone Jones||Michael Buchanan||Alex Okafor|
|Bjoern Werner||Damontre Moore||Malliciah Goodman|
|DT (10)||Sharrif Floyd||Sylvester Williams||Bennie Logan||Akeem Spence|
|Sheldon Richardson||Kawann Short||Jordan Hill||Josh Boyd|
|Star Lotulelei||Everett Dawkins|
|MLB (5)||Kevin Minter||A. J. Klein||Sam Barrington|
|Manti T’eo||Kiko Alonso|
|OLB (9)||Arthur Brown||Brandon Magee||DeVonte Holloman|
|Gerald Hodges||Sean Porter||Zaviar Gooden|
|Jonathan Bostic||Sio Moore||Khaseem Greene|
|CB (16)||Dee Milliner||Darius Slay||Desmond Trufant||Will Davis||Brandon McGee||Johnthan Banks||Demetrius McCray|
|Xavier Rhodes||D. J. Hayden||B.W. Webb||David Amerson||Logan Ryan||Kayvon Webster|
|Blidi Wreh-Wilson||Robert Alford|
|S (14)||Kenny Vaccaro||Eric Reid||Johnathan Cyprien||Phillip Thomas||Keelan Johnson||Don Jones||Shawn Williams|
|J. J. Wilcox||Jakar Hamilton||Johnathan Meeks||Cody Davis|
|Dwayne Gratz||Zeke Motta|
|D. J. Swearinger|
First, here’s how Jones’ draft actually went. Further, incomplete photography from a sliding white board in the Cowboy’s War Room show how each player was ranked overall. Here’s how their board compares to the actual draft [the numbers in brackets are where the Cowboy’s pre-draft evaluation ranked the players]:
No. 31 pick- Travis Frederick [second-round evaluation, No 22 overall]
No. 47 Gavin Escobar [second, No. 25 overall]
No. 74 Terrance Williams [2, 23]
No. 80 J.J. Wilcox [3, 50]
No. 114 B.W Webb [3, 47]
No. 151 Joseph Randle [3, 67]
No. 185 DeVonte Holloman [5, 147]
After trading down, their Big Board makes Wisconsin’s Travis Frederick a value at the 31st-overall pick. We see why Dallas was motivated to trade the No. 18-overall pick in the first place.
Their board is thin on first-rounders, but the team felt it was taking a second-round value player in both the first, second and third rounds of the actual Draft.
That being said, safety Matt Elam was still on the board while Dallas was selecting at No. 31. Safety was deemed a position of need, but the team waited until No. 80 before picking JJ Wilcox. Wilcox measured in at 6-foot, while Elam — who was selected immediately after at No. 32 by Baltimore — is only 5-foot-10. That may have had something to do with it, as Jones has been known to like taller defenders.
Dallas also had both of Georgia’s star linebackers missing from their Big Board in Alec Ogletree and Jarvis Jones. Ogletree had been cited for driving under the influence only a week prior to the Draft, dropping him off a lot of boards. Meanwhile, Jones’ injury history was a concern. However, with so many SEC players selected by other teams, it is interesting to see Jones completely take a pass on three former conference stars from the same league his alma mater is a part of.
For other teams, the Cowboys had third-round grades on three first-round picks: Kyle Long (taken 20th), Desmond Trufant (22nd) and Datone Jones (26th).
What do you think about this leaked Big Board?