Cowboys' draft board leaked again thanks to Jerry Jones

Occasionally, NFL draft twitter can be terrific. Tuesday was among those days.

Using a fuzzy, rough and mainly illegible photo published to Twitter by WFAA sports anchor Mike Leslie, a swath of fans, press reporters and Dallas Cowboys-associated sites invested hours Tuesday afternoon translating the group’s draft board on social networks. The outcome was a extremely amusing thread that, by all accounts, appears to have actually deciphered a big part of the leading end of the Dallas draft board (which you can see at the bottom of this story).

If you’re counting, this is at least the 4th (!) time the Dallas draft board has actually been exposed through images or video that made their method online. We’ll get to that in a bit. But this most current unintended direct exposure came straight from group owner Jerry Jones, who was essentially asking for it when he held up a copy of the group’s gamer rankings in front of electronic cameras.

The event occurred after the very first day of the draft, while speaking with the media and validating the choice of Tulsa offending lineman Tyler Smith at 24th total. Dallas obviously had Smith ranked greater than a set of guards who went ahead of him in the preliminary. In the procedure of making that point, a simply Jones minute unfolded, with the franchise owner holding up a copy of the group’s draft board to the media while sitting along with his boy Stephen, head coach Mike McCarthy and vice president of gamer workers Will McClay.

“Can you see that?” A grinning Jones stated, holding up the sheet.

“Don’t program ‘em that,” responded Cowboys executive Stephen Jones, chuckling and staring down the line toward McClay, who laughed and shifted in his seat.

“I’m dead major,” Jerry continued.

“Put that sheet down,” Stephen advised.

As drafts go, especially when there were still 6 rounds left, it was a surreal minute. It was likewise an obstacle to fans and press reporters that you understood would get used up. As it entered previous years — once again, we’ll get to that quickly — somebody had a picture. This time it was Leslie, who pulled a screen grab of the sheet from the WFAA video then published it on Twitter for sleuths to begin working.

If that sounds familiar, it should. Some variation of this has actually occurred to Dallas in the past a minimum of 3 other times. In 2010, the group’s internal media arm erroneously consisted of a video of Jerry Jones standing in front of the group’s board throughout the last day of the draft. A handful of fans got images of the leakage prior to it was removed and they ultimately made their method to Blogging The Boys, a deep-dive Cowboys website that remarkably sussed out extensive portions of Dallas’ gamer rankings through all 7 rounds.

The website pulled likewise excellent tasks in 2013 and 2016, once again utilizing fuzzy photos that discovered their method online. In 2013, the team-supplied snaps included Jerry (note this style) standing in front of his club’s draft board. In 2016, a group staff member took a picture of the board and briefly published it online more than 2 months after the choices were total, obviously taken as the franchise started its shift from the Valley Ranch center in Dallas to The Star in Frisco.

In the majority of these circumstances, the photos aren’t a big offer. If anything, they work as a remarkable historic record of how Dallas saw gamers, or who they had actually removed their board at the time choices were made. The Cowboys likewise aren’t the only group to have this example take place; in 2021, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ internal media published images of that exposed how the franchise had some gamers graded that weren’t their own choices.

Dallas simply appears to have it take place regularly than others, which most likely implies they aren’t almost as fretted as other franchises have to do with safeguarding gamer rankings like they’re nuclear launch codes.

More frequently than not, it boosts the interest in the Cowboys when this example occurs. Perhaps since many fan bases reside in a details desert when it pertains to getting an extensive appearance behind the scenes of an NFL group’s draft.

It talks to why this year’s draft decoding may be more excellent than previous events. Despite Jones being cavalier and actually holding the group’s rankings up in a media conference, Leslie pulled what’s perhaps the grainiest image of all the events, however simply enough to get the ball rolling.

Cowboys group owner Jerry Jones, left, may succeed to listen to his boy Stephen and not hold up draft boards for all the world to see. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

It all unfolded Tuesday, when the Twitter account @CowboysStatistics regreted that no one took a high-res shot of Jerry Jones holding up the Cowboys’ draft board for all to see. That drew an action from Leslie, who published the very best screen grab he might produce from the WFAA video.

Next up came — you thought it — a long time factor to Blogging the Boys, KD Drummond (who is now the handling editor of Cowboys Wire) putting a call out to a few of his associates, and the thread unspooled from there.

The outcome: In less than 3 hours, Cowboys Twitter gathered the leading 16 tease the board. The set seems spot-on and tracks with a few of the remarks Jerry Jones made when he was discussing picking Smith in Round 1.

By completion of the night, Leslie, Drummond, Jon Machota of The Athletic and a swath of others had actually patched together what seems a precise representation of the leading 34 tease Dallas’ board. Interestingly, Dallas’ NFC East competitor, the New York Giants, landed the Cowboys’ two-highest ranked gamers — Oregon edge rush Kayvon Thibodeaux and Alabama deal with Evan Neal — with the 5th and seventh total choices.

Dallas was likewise especially impressed by Ohio State wideout Garrett Wilson, who they pegged at 4th total. Wilson went to the New York Jets, who controlled this draft if you’re going off the Dallas board, landing 4 of the leading 28 ranked gamers: Wilson, Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad Gardner (ranked 5th by Dallas), Iowa State running back Breece Hall (19th) and protective end Jermaine Johnson (28th).

Interestingly, Dallas had the Jaguars’ No. 1 total choice, protective end Travon Walker, ranked seventh on their board. Zero quarterbacks split the leading 34, while the New Orleans Saints’ first-round choice, offensive deal with Trevor Penning, likewise is missing. As for the 2 gamers a lot of experts had actually connected to Dallas at the 24th total choice — guards Kenyon Green and Zion Johnson — both were ranked lower than the Cowboys’ real choice, Tyler Smith.

The whole pieced-together leading 34 on the Dallas board:

1. Kayvon Thibodeaux, LB/DE (went 5th to the Giants)
2. Evan Neal, OT (seventh to the Giants)
3. Aidan Hutchinson, DE (2nd to the Detroit Lions)
4. Garrett Wilson, WR (10th to the New York Jets)
5. Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, CB (4th to the Jets)
6. Derek Stingley Jr., CB (3rd to the Texans)
7. Travon Walker, DE (very first to the Jaguars)
8. Kyle Hamilton, S (14th to the Baltimore Ravens)
9. Ikem “Icky” Ekwonu, OT (6th to the Carolina Panthers)
10. Drake London, WR (8th to the Atlanta Falcons)
11. Jordan Davis, DT (13th to the Philadelphia Eagles)
12. Charles Cross, OT (ninth to the Seattle Seahawks)
13. Lewis Cine, S, Georgia (32nd to the Minnesota Vikings)
14. Jameson Williams, WR (12th to the Lions)
15. Chis Olave, WR (11th to the Saints)
16. Tyler Smith, OT (24th to the Cowboys)
17. Devin Lloyd, POUND (27th to the Jaguars)
18. Daxton Hill, S (31st to the Cincinnati Bengals)
19. Breece Hall, RB (36th to the Jets)
20. Kenyon Green, OG (15th to the Texans)
21. George Karlaftis, DE (30th to the Kansas City Chiefs)
22. Zion Johnson, OG (17th to the Los Angeles Chargers)
23. Treylon Burks, WR (18th to the Tennessee Titans)
24. Kyler Gordon, CB (39th to the Chicago Bears)
25. Tyler Linderbaum, C (25th to the Ravens)
26. David Ojabo, POUND (45th to the Ravens)
27. Jahan Dotson, WR (16th to the Washington Commanders)
28. Jermaine Johnson, DE (26th to Jets)
29. Kaiir Elam, CB (23rd to the Buffalo Bills)
30. Arnold Ekiketie, DE (38th to the Falcons)
31. Trent McDuffie, CB (21st to the Chiefs)
32. Quay Walker, POUND (22nd to the Packers)
33. Devonte Wyatt, DT (28th to the Packers)
34. Logan Hall, DE (33rd to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

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