Jerry Jones revealed top of Cowboys’ draft board, with Kayvon Thibodeaux at No. 1

NFL: APR 28 2022 Draft
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The Cowboys accidentally revealed their draft board in 2010 and again in 2013 when owner Jerry Jones did interviews in front of it. On Thursday, Jones intentionally leaked the top of the team’s draft board.

Jones was trying to prove the Cowboys had Tulsa offensive lineman Tyler Smith rated ahead of offensive guards Zion Johnson and Kenyon Green. Green went 15th to the Texans and Johnson 17th to the Chargers before the Cowboys selected Smith at No. 24.

So Jones held up a piece of paper that, he said, was printed three days before the draft.

“Can you see that?” Jones asked reporters.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones started laughing, before telling his father, “Don’t show them that.”

TV cameras captured the shot of the paper, and WFAA reporter Mike Leslie used a screen-grab to decipher it Tuesday. Leslie and Jon Machota of TheAthletic.com came up with 34 of the 39 names on the paper.

Stephen Jones said in a pre-draft news conference that the Cowboys had 14-16 prospects with first-round grades.

From the photo, those 14 are:

1. Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon: drafted fifth overall by the Giants.

2. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama: drafted seventh overall by the Giants.

3. Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan: drafted second overall by the Lions.

4. Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State: drafted 10th overall by the Jets.

5. Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati: drafted fourth overall by the Jets.

6. Derek Stingley, CB, LSU: drafted third overall by the Texans.

7. Travon Walker, DE, Georgia: drafted first overall by the Jaguars.

8. Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame: drafted 14th overall by the Ravens.

9. Ikem Ekwonu, OT, North Carolina State: drafted sixth overall by the Panthers.

10. Drake London, WR, USC: drafted eighth overall by the Falcons.

11. Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia: drafted 13th overall by the Eagles.

12. Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State: drafted ninth overall by the Seahawks.

13. Lewis Cine, S, Georgia: drafted 32nd overall by the Vikings.

14. Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama: drafted 12th overall by the Lions.

The second-round grades on the front of the paper appear to be:

15. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State: drafted 11th overall by the Saints.

16. Tyler Smith, OL, Tulsa: drafted 24th overall by the Cowboys.

17. Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah: drafted 27th overall by the Jaguars.

18. Daxton Hill, S, Michigan: drafted 31st overall by the Bengals.

19. Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State: drafted 36th overall by the Jets.

20. Kenyon Green, OG, Texas A&M: drafted 15th overall by the Texans.

21. George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue: drafted 30th overall by the Chiefs.

22. Zion Johnson, OG, Boston College: drafted 17th overall by the Chargers.

23. Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas: drafted 18th overall by the Titans.

24. Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington: drafted 39th overall by the Bears.

25. Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa: drafted 25th overall by the Ravens.

26. David Ojabo, DE, Michigan: drafted 45th overall by the Ravens.

27. Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State: drafted 16th overall by the Commanders.

28. Jermaine Johnson, DE, Florida State: drafted 26th overall by the Jets.

29. Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida: drafted 23rd overall by the Bills.

30. Arnold Ebiketie, DE, Penn State: drafted 38th overall by the Falcons.

31. Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington: drafted 21st overall by the Chiefs.

32. Quay Walker, LB, Georgia: drafted 22nd overall by the Packers.

33. Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia: drafted 28th overall by the Packers.

34. Logan Hall, DE, Houston: drafted 33rd overall by the Buccaneers.

“The good news is, most of those players are gone,” Stephen Jones said after Jerry Jones put the paper down.

The highest-rated player on the sheet of paper when the Cowboys selected was Georgia safety Lewis Cine, whom they passed on to take Smith.

13 responses to “Jerry Jones revealed top of Cowboys’ draft board, with Kayvon Thibodeaux at No. 1

  1. Hilarious. Thank you for not caring Jer. It didnt give away anything anyway.

  2. Fascinating! It shows how need trumps best player available. Interesting board as well. Have to wait a few years to see how well their board stacks up. Vikings fans hope the Cowboys had it right.

  3. I have a few minor quibbles with their ranking like safeties Cine and Daxton Hill being a touch too high and Trent McDuffie being way too low but Tyler Smith stands out as a guy they intentionally put at a higher rating because they had a need. They would have been fine if they had just stuck to their board. We’ve seen how awful their boards have been in the past and this one was way better and looked like they are taking scouts opinions over GM opinions which used to be flipped years ago. You can now see why the Dallas drafts have improved the past couple years. I look at some of the players directly below Tyler Smith as really good players and pretty safe picks and I’m not sure why they had a sloppy playing boom/bust guy in amongst them.

  4. Jurrah makes Al Davis’s later years look like pure genius! Could someone please take his mic away and send him to a nice retirement home before he totally destroys what little is left of a once great franchise?

    Oh yeah, and be sure to take his son with him….

  5. Doesn’t matter who they are drafting. Cowboys are a country club with no accountability. They have no heart. They have a coach who was universally despised in GB and won very little despite having Rodgers and has made very questionable decisions. They have an owner who’s meddlesome.
    Not gonna win with those parameters.

  6. If the safety was rated higher why didn’t they take him? If you don’t follow your own board then how can you say thats your board?

  7. That looks like the Vikings’ draft board. They preferred Lewis Cine to Jameson Williams too.

  8. He doesn’t have the Patriots first round choice listed at all. Will be interesting to see who was right about Cole Strange.

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