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Cowboys accidentally reveal their draft board

After the NFL draft, several web sites posted images of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones standing in front of a marker board that listed the names of dozens of players, in what looked like a case of Jones giving so much access to the team’s war room that he revealed the Cowboys’ draft board.

Now Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald is reporting that the Cowboys have confirmed this is their actual board. According to Salguero, someone who works for the team mistakenly posted a video of Jones in front of the board online.

By the time anyone noticed the draft was over, so this didn’t give any opposing teams any competitive advantages. And although you can see the rankings of about 100 players, you can’t make out the full draft board.

Still, it’s interesting to see, for instance, that the Cowboys had wide receiver Dez Bryant (whom drafted 24th overall) ranked as the 11th best player in the draft. And that the Cowboys got what they must consider an absolute steal in the second round, because they also had linebacker Sean Lee (whom they drafted 55th overall) ranked as the 14th best player in the draft.

As for players drafted by other teams, most people think Tyson Alualu was a reach for the Jaguars with the 10th overall pick, but the Cowboys had a first-round grade on Alualu, too: Dallas had him ranked 22nd. And the Cowboys think 49ers first-round pick Anthony Davis was a major reach: San Francisco took Davis 11th overall, but the Cowboys gave Davis a third-round grade.

Finally, Jerry Jones famously said that there was no reason to draft Tim Tebow because he wouldn’t get on the field. Jones apparently wasn’t bluffing; Tebow’s name can’t be seen on the Cowboys’ draft board.

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  1. 9to19 says: May 10, 2010 6:09 PM

    That video was from draft day, not before draft day. If you look closely, you can see that they wrote “2-55″ next to Sean Lee’s name as that is where he was drafted. The members over on BloggingtheBoys.com broke down and analyzed the entire board minus a couple of players. This is also pretty old news.

  2. azbears says: May 10, 2010 6:09 PM

    There not going to make the playoff’s next year. So it doesn’t really matter

  3. sooner says: May 10, 2010 6:10 PM

    Old news. Where have you been?

  4. emc2 says: May 10, 2010 6:11 PM

    First time any of you toads with zero knowledge ever saw a draftboard—u r a buncha wanna be jock sniffers!

  5. .Vox Veritas. says: May 10, 2010 6:12 PM

    So what you’re saying is that the Cowboys didn’t reveal something as much as the rest of the world missed something.

  6. Rasta says: May 10, 2010 6:12 PM

    Dallas Cowboys be de team!!!!

  7. Tdk24 says: May 10, 2010 6:12 PM

    That is a publicity shot. I mean come on. Jerry standing there in front of that board is as funny as seeing GWbush standing in front of a Stratego board game. It don’t make no sense!

  8. Persona says: May 10, 2010 6:16 PM

    Wow, only the Cowboys.

  9. ethan robert says: May 10, 2010 6:16 PM

    Dez Bryant’s name is nowhere to be seen on the board. Maybe they thought they were drafting another guy with a similar name.

  10. lilwhiteguy1 says: May 10, 2010 6:18 PM

    that was a mock.
    Tyson Alualu was rated 1-10 meaning first round grade, 10th ranked. They had New England taking him 22nd in that particular mock.

  11. Tomcalimontana says: May 10, 2010 6:19 PM

    They ranked the OLB’s
    Misi
    Hughes
    Graham
    Kindle ( a third round grade)

  12. spambait11 says: May 10, 2010 6:19 PM

    Tyson Alualu is from Cal. Of course he’s worthy of a first round draft grade.

  13. MSWRavens says: May 10, 2010 6:20 PM

    If the Cowboys are correct, the Ravens made major reaches for all of their first 4 picks. Let’s see… Ozzie Newsome… Jerry Jones… Hmmmm… I’d be very worried if I’m a Cowboys fan, because your draft board is probably for shit! Good that you agreed with Oakland, though…that’s a front office I’d want to emulate, LOL!

  14. MrHumble says: May 10, 2010 6:22 PM

    The bigger story is the fact that Jerry Jones is that botox Jerry still controls the “war room” instead of the football experts. It is comforting to the other 31 teams to know that jerry still insists on running the show, Dez Bryant meet Charles Rodgers…..

  15. CaptainObvious says: May 10, 2010 6:26 PM

    Not much different than Jerry holding a play chart in his luxury box during their first prime time game last year.
    / snicker

  16. Strahan92 says: May 10, 2010 6:27 PM

    The same news was reported about their draft two years by a couple of Iggles fans. That time it was Wade Phillips. Cowboys had a good draft, if Bryant & Lee stay healthy. Roy Williams was a crapy deal.

  17. ethan robert says: May 10, 2010 6:29 PM

    Hey counselor, you cannot see Dez Bryant’s name on that board any more than you can see Tim Tebow’s. Please refrain from idle speculation.

  18. Consigliere says: May 10, 2010 6:38 PM

    As a Dolphins’ fan, I must thank San Diego for trading us a 2nd rd pick for a second round talent in Dallas’ eyes.

  19. NinerNation says: May 10, 2010 6:38 PM

    I noticed the gave Navarro Bowman a 1st round grade…and he was taken in the 3rd by the Niners…

  20. edgy1 says: May 10, 2010 6:45 PM

    This faux pas will surely make the rookie contract negotiations with Sean Lee more interesting for the Cowboys.

  21. cowboyskillegals says: May 10, 2010 6:48 PM

    hey we were slated to pick 27th overall. so if we got are 11th best player than thats great for us, and dez was the best wr in the draft so we did dam good. yes we need o-line, but the ones we liked were gone. so what were we supposed to do but take who we liked so jerry did good, and dez will live up to his 1rst round pick

  22. jerseykingpin says: May 10, 2010 6:49 PM

    LMAO

  23. TheWien says: May 10, 2010 6:58 PM

    Interesting. They seemed to have figured that Buffalo would take Spiller at 9, even though the rest of the football world seemed shocked (and oddly appalled) at the pick.

  24. Citizen Strange says: May 10, 2010 6:59 PM

    I would have like to have seen the draft board that had a second round grade on Quincy Carter.

  25. gurnblanston says: May 10, 2010 7:00 PM

    Where are the columns listing felonies, drugs of choice and preferred sexual assaults? Those columns would reveal Jerry’s real evaluation process. “Give me your thuggish, your criminal, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe freely the nectar of the rock, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the classless, tempest-tossed rapists to me, I lift my torch beside their golden, rock-filled pipes.” – inscription on the Statue of Jerry. Hail!

  26. Greenantz says: May 10, 2010 7:01 PM

    For all those that say Florio does not put up good stuff. This is good stuff.

  27. sniperhare says: May 10, 2010 7:03 PM

    Tyson Alualu was shooting up the only peoples boards that matter, the NFL GM’s. No one takes Kiper seriously anymore, Mayock is the only draft expert that has any credibility.

  28. dtowner says: May 10, 2010 7:13 PM

    Of course this is Jerry Jones – who paid a MINT in a trade for a terrible wide receiver. Sean Lee ranked 14th overall – that’s laughable even for diehard Penn State Fans who love the guy. All this picture did was show how little Jones knows about football and reiterates the fact he should leave football operations up to REAL football people.

  29. PsychedelicBoogy says: May 10, 2010 7:17 PM

    See, now this is the type of post I LOVE. I’ve grown weary of this site but this is why I come here. It’s not like the utter garbage that Florio posts.

  30. CJCrazyLegs28 says: May 10, 2010 7:21 PM

    If you look closely enough, you can figure out about just every pick. Two are covered by Jerry’s arm.. the 11th prospect in the 1st round and the 12th prospect in the 1st round. But basing on who’s missing, you can strongly assume those are Dez Bryant and Earl Thomas. If so, their board looks like this:
    FIRST ROUND
    1. Sam Bradford
    2. Gerald McCoy
    3. Ndamukong Suh
    4. Russell Okung
    5. Trent Williams
    6. Eric Berry
    7. Rolando McClain
    8. Joe Haden
    9. CJ Spiller
    10. Mike Iupati
    11. Dez Bryant (Jerry Jones’ arm)
    12. Earl Thomas (Jerry Jones’ arm)
    13. Bryan Bulaga
    14. Sean Lee
    15. Jared Odrick
    16. Jason Pierre-Paul
    17. Derrick Morgan
    18. Kyle Wilson
    19. Maurkice Pouncey
    20. Navarro Bowman
    21. Jahvid Best
    22. Tyson Alualu
    23. Jermaine Gresham
    SECOND ROUND
    Devin McCourty
    Demaryius Thomas
    Koa Misi
    Jerry Hughes
    Brandon Graham
    Nate Allen
    Morgan Burnett
    Taylor Mays
    Dan Williams
    Kareem Jackson
    Ryan Mathews
    Brian Price
    Rob Gronkowski
    Brandon Ghee
    Jimmy Clausen
    THIRD ROUND
    Sergio Kindle
    Anthony Davis
    Corey Wootton
    Patrick Robinson
    Dexter McCluster
    Joe McKnight
    Chad Jones
    Colt McCoy
    Taylor Price
    Lamarr Houston
    D’Anthony Smith
    Damian Williams
    Eric Decker
    Thaddeus Gibson
    Corey Peters
    Rodger Saffold
    Toby Gerhart
    Golden Tate
    Brandon LaFell
    Amari Spievey
    Mike Neal
    FOURTH ROUND
    Akwasi Owusu-Ansah
    Javier Arenas
    Vladimir Ducasse
    Ed Dickson
    Clay Harbor
    Perry Riley
    Torrell Troup
    Carlton Mitchell
    Mike Johnson
    John Jerry
    Linval Joseph
    Major Wright
    Dominique Franks
    Larry Asante
    Tony Moeaki
    Mitch Petrus
    Ben Tate
    Kam Chancellor
    Andre Roberts
    Myron Lewis
    FIFTH ROUND
    Shawn Lauvao
    Jacoby Ford
    Danny Batten
    Sam Young
    Daniel Te’o-Nesheim
    Kevin Thomas
    Clifton Geathers
    Dennis Pitta
    Darrell Stuckey
    Alterraun Verner
    Alric Arnett
    Garrett Graham
    Reshad Jones
    Jamar Wall
    SIXTH ROUND
    Edwin Veldheer
    Mike Hoomanawanui
    Willie Young
    Roddrick Muckelroy
    SEVENTH ROUND
    Walter Thurmond
    Marcus Easley
    Michael Kafka
    Adrian Tracy
    Dan LeFevour

  31. dafish says: May 10, 2010 7:22 PM

    Would you look at that? Guess PFTW and the Kipers and McShays can blow it out their ass about Alualu being a huge reach. Said the same about Derek Cox too last year and Knighton.
    This may shock you guys but I’d trust Gene Smiths personnel evaluations over a two bit hack who is not accountable for his prognostications.

  32. Sonoco says: May 10, 2010 7:28 PM

    This smells like the Cowboys playing games. I’d give no weight to this little leak.

  33. Sincerely Yours says: May 10, 2010 7:31 PM

    “Mayock is the only draft expert that has any credibility.”
    AGREE!

  34. navyation says: May 10, 2010 7:31 PM

    Notice the absence of a certain Florida QB…

  35. piderhead says: May 10, 2010 7:38 PM

    I guess this give Sean Lee’s agent a little ammo in negotiations. Picked 55 but they thought he was worth #14.

  36. granadafan says: May 10, 2010 7:42 PM

    Just goes to show that lazy and uninformed fans (and journalists) shouldn’t take Mel Kiper’s word as gospel (this goes for you too, fantasy geek Evan Silva). This vindicates the Tyson Alualu pick by the Jags.

  37. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: May 10, 2010 7:42 PM

    Dallass is still going to be garbage. It only take 3 to 4 years after a disciplinarian leave for the team in texas to sh*t the bed.
    Watch and see.
    Can’t WAIT!!!!
    HOW BOUT THEM REDSKINS!!!!!!

  38. DFWXpress says: May 10, 2010 7:48 PM

    On a related noted… I saw this video last month on clevelandbrowns.com:
    http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/media-center/videos/Holmgren-Welcome—Apr-13-2010/06071f07-6606-433f-884f-ad7611c22905
    It appears to be a calendar but smartly its been blurred out.
    Any thoughts what it would be?

  39. Outsyder says: May 10, 2010 7:54 PM

    Just because Dallas had Alualu as a 1st round grade doesn’t mean he was deserved there. He may well have been but you have the Jags and Dallas saying he was a first rounder. Not a majority of the teams. That’s simply speculation on your part, dafish.
    Second, I think it’s funny some Dallas fans poo-poo some picks they deem as “reaches” just because Dallas had a player ranked in certain places.
    A lot of teams deemed Sean Lee a reach as a 1st rounder; yet, they had him ranked there.

  40. Rat Pack says: May 10, 2010 7:54 PM

    The real story is why in this day and age of computers, graphics and the like any NFL team would actually use a white board for this type of work. What poor bastiche had to do all that writing? :-)

  41. jjared1101 says: May 10, 2010 8:03 PM

    ” That’s simply speculation on your part, dafish.”
    “A lot of teams deemed Sean Lee a reach as a 1st rounder; yet, they had him ranked there. ”
    A lot of teams? Who were these teams and when did they say this?
    Or is that purely speculation on your part?

  42. Philtration says: May 10, 2010 8:03 PM

    The last time Jerry Jones was filmed in front of a draft board he was wearing a skirt and trying to talk his way out military service.

  43. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: May 10, 2010 8:04 PM

    Jerry Jones sucks
    LMFAO

  44. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: May 10, 2010 8:05 PM

    Tony Romo SUCKS
    LMFAO

  45. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: May 10, 2010 8:05 PM

    Felix Jones SUCKS
    LMFAO

  46. Deb says: May 10, 2010 8:06 PM

    Nothing against Tebow, but I’d be shocked if you found more than three teams who had him ranked higher than third round. McDaniels is taking a big gamble. Tebow has every possible intangible, but at the end of the day, in the NFL there’s no substitute for the arm.
    .Vox Veritas. says:
    So what you’re saying is that the Cowboys didn’t reveal something as much as the rest of the world missed something.
    ——————————————
    ROFL–That’s exactly what he’s saying.

  47. MrHumble says: May 10, 2010 8:09 PM

    who cares about jerry’s draft board…..isn’t he the same guy that sold the farm for one roy williams…..he struck out on r. williams and the jury is still out on d. bryant, so why all the fanfare…this smells more like the media whore jerry letting the pic of him in front of the draft board (like General Patton) directing the soldiers, LMAO

  48. Abe Froeman says: May 10, 2010 8:11 PM

    I spent a lot of time going over this last week.
    Incredibly interesting to get a chance to see the thought processes in Dallas.
    Pretty surprised to see McCoy ahead of Suh, but assume that’s the result of them believing McCoy is a better 5tech. (Even though I’d disagree.)

  49. CowboyHater says: May 10, 2010 8:22 PM

    Ha-HA!

  50. ppdoc13 says: May 10, 2010 8:25 PM

    What is really funny is Jerrah Jonz standing in front of the draft board acting like he knows what he is doing. He is a joke as a GM. He is still playing fantasy football. He jumped over the Ravens to get Dez Bryant who the Ravens were not drafting either way. He hasn’t won shit since Jimmy left unless you count Barry Switzer winning with Jimmy’s players. Jerrah Jonz may be a good bidniz man, but he is not now, never was and never will be an evaluator of football talent. As long as he owns the Cowgirls and insists that he is the GM they are doomed to mediocrity with the occasional blip of a good year. But count out the Lombardi’s cause he ain’t getting them when the decision making is his and his alone.

  51. Outsyder says: May 10, 2010 8:26 PM

    jjared1101, the fact that 30 some teams passed on Lee? If he was so highly rated by everyone else, someone would have pulled the trigger earlier than the Cowboys because these teams always have an idea where everyone else rates players.
    Which can lend credibility to the Jags taking Tyson that early. But it doesn’t necessarily prove it.

  52. jjared1101 says: May 10, 2010 8:41 PM

    jjared1101, the fact that 30 some teams passed on Lee? If he was so highly rated by everyone else, someone would have pulled the trigger earlier than the Cowboys because these teams always have an idea where everyone else rates players.
    Which can lend credibility to the Jags taking Tyson that early. But it doesn’t necessarily prove it.
    ——————————–
    Maybe.
    But maybe they just had their second round picks rated higher. Maybe their second round pick was their 29th overall player and had Lee as their 30th. We don’t know. You don’t know.
    Speculation.

  53. andy reid's belt says: May 10, 2010 8:42 PM

    Hey diehardskinsfan21….if Dallas is garbage after winning the division, just think how far down the crapper that puts the Foreskins. As far as Felix Jones is concerned, how much longer are the skins going to keep trotting out that washed out, tired, Portis. The only way anyone ever hears anything about him is when he shoots off his mouth about teammates. What’s the over/under up there when McNabb pukes in a big game.
    P.S. How’s that Haynesworth deal looking now?
    LMFAO at the Foreskins as usual

  54. BenRoethlísburger says: May 10, 2010 8:47 PM

    Vox is a bigger idiot today than he was yesterday, and he’ll be dumber still tomorrow.

  55. andy reid's belt says: May 10, 2010 9:01 PM

    diehardskinsfan21…while you think Jerry Jones sucks, I find it interesting that while Jerry is one of the most well-respected owners in the league and has built professional sports most dynamic showplace facility, little Dani Snyder just got kicked out of Six Flags HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
    Again, LMFAO at the Foreskins

  56. Has Waited Longer Than Marino says: May 10, 2010 9:19 PM

    While attribution has been given to Armando Salguero, how about acknowledging the commenters of his blog post, which were clearly lifted to use this article?

  57. MagicMan407 says: May 10, 2010 9:19 PM

    Jerry Jones is a drunk and is just as respected as Dan Snyder besides the lack of community and charitable donations of Dan Snyder. Sounds like a reach- andy reid’s belt. LMFAO

  58. Annuvin says: May 10, 2010 9:35 PM

    What difference does any of it make anyways? Every player in the draft is a gamble one way or another, and it wasn’t like this was broadcast in between Picks 1 and 2 on Draft Day.

  59. jjared1101 says: May 10, 2010 10:02 PM

    While attribution has been given to Armando Salguero, how about acknowledging the commenters of his blog post, which were clearly lifted to use this article?
    ———-
    Yea… what’s funny is that this is old news for those of us who visit dallascowboystimes.com. I think they were the ones to break the story weeks ago.

  60. schooney says: May 10, 2010 10:02 PM

    Any thing to get a new “leather” face for Jerry

  61. shaslers says: May 10, 2010 10:08 PM

    Now may we see the draft board of a team that actually drafts well, like the Colts or Ravens?

  62. andy reid's belt says: May 10, 2010 10:25 PM

    MagicMan407 says:
    May 10, 2010 9:19 PM
    Jerry Jones is a drunk and is just as respected as Dan Snyder besides the lack of community and charitable donations of Dan Snyder. Sounds like a reach- andy reid’s belt. LMFAO
    ……………………………………………………………………………
    You mean like the Haynesworth Sit On A&& Society? I’m sure Jerry contributes just as much as little Dani. Do you ever catch the Thanksgiving Day game half-time festivities for the Salvation Army? Jerry and Gene Jones contributed thousands of dollars to help restore the Thomas Jefferson book collection at the Library of Congress and his work with NFL Charities, not to mention the hundreds of other charities that are involved with the Gene and Jerry Jones Foundation.

  63. dafish says: May 10, 2010 10:37 PM

    Outsyder says:
    May 10, 2010 7:54 PM
    Just because Dallas had Alualu as a 1st round grade doesn’t mean he was deserved there. He may well have been but you have the Jags and Dallas saying he was a first rounder. Not a majority of the teams. That’s simply speculation on your part, dafish.
    All it takes is one team moving up. In fact the whole damn draft is speculation. The word is that the Eagles and Pats had Alualu high on their board as well as some other teams. Truth is the draft is liar’s poker. The whole damn system is based on upside, always has been. All we can do is check back in 3 years. My guess is that as many 3rd rounders will make an impact as first rounders.

  64. JOldewurtel says: May 10, 2010 10:51 PM

    # shaslers says: May 10, 2010 10:08 PM
    Now may we see the draft board of a team that actually drafts well, like the Colts or Ravens?
    ————————————————–
    Being a Ravens fan, I would LOVE to see their draft board… and the Colts always make head scratching picks at the time and turn out to be brilliant.
    This ‘mess up’ could only happen in Dallas.

  65. manofaiki says: May 11, 2010 12:18 AM

    Yeah we all know the Cowboys team is full of thugs, rapists and criminals.
    Why just last year, some Cowboy got arrested……
    no wait, not last year.
    Dang, hold on a minute.
    Let me check.
    (flip, flip)
    Well darn it when WAS the last time a Cowboy player got arrested? Anybody know? How many Cowboys got arrested in like, say, the past 5 years?
    Anyone?
    Ware ever been busted?
    How about Romo?
    Mike Jenkins?
    ANY of them?
    Hello0oooo?
    Somebody speak up.

  66. DCall says: May 11, 2010 8:46 AM

    @manofaki
    Your an Idiot
    Pacman Jones and Tank Johnson were just 2-3 years ago?
    And Michael Irvin did enough coke to infect your teams rep for the next 20 years.

  67. Almost There says: May 11, 2010 9:02 AM

    Deon Anderson in February

  68. PackAttackBackMan says: May 11, 2010 10:39 AM

    I think somebody forgot to tell Mr. Smith that the draft was last month, so this info is irrelevant….

  69. No-Neck says: May 11, 2010 12:27 PM

    The only thing that is relevant about this whole shibacle is that all 32 teams have different boards. If a team scouts a player, watches tape, ranks him, then picks him, then he is not a reach. Reaches are when you draft players you have no idea about because you were too lazy to send scouts, but then draft him because he has blazing speed or can throw a ball a mile from his knees. Just because a team spends countless man hours scouting a particular player and finds out he’s a stud, he is not a reach just because Kiper had him going 2 rounds later. Whether or not the player turns out to be a bust is a completely different subject matter.

  70. manofaiki says: May 11, 2010 4:01 PM

    One player arrested in 5 years as a Cowboy?
    A player who was cut at the end of that year?
    And Tank Johnson NEVER got arrested while he was with Dallas.
    This current crop of Cowboys HAS no thugs or criminals on the roster.
    We don’t have the arrests to prove it, unlike other teams that could be mentioned.
    So I agree, one of us is an idiot.

  71. scottybee says: May 11, 2010 6:31 PM

    Anthony Spencer and Deon Thompson…Cowpie

  72. Big Tex says: May 11, 2010 7:01 PM

    Who is Deon Thompson?

  73. rosmith51 says: May 30, 2013 8:39 PM

    I need to get this straight… the Cowboys are sitting there at 18 and the player they have rated 5th overall in the whole draft falls all the way to them… and they trade out of the spot.

    Brilliant.

    Tells you how much they trust their own board.

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