2013 NFL Draft Grades: Dallas Cowboys

Oct 21, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; A Dallas Cowboys helmet lays on the field prior to the start of the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NFL Draft has come and gone, and now it’s time for some reflection. While some teams traded around to get who they want, others stood pat to see who would slide to them — and if there’s one thing to remember about this draft it’s players that slid around the rounds. But now that the draft is behind us, the all important grading phase has begun, so lets take a look at how the Dallas Cowboys did in this year’s NFL Draft.

Draft Picks

  • (31) Travis Frederick, c, Wisconsin
  • (47) Gavin Escobar, te, San Diego State
  • (74) Terrance Williams, wr, Baylor
  • (80) J.J. Wilcox, db, Georgia Southern
  • (114) B.W. Webb, db, William & Mary
  • (151) Joseph Randle, rb, Oklahoma State
  • (185) DeVonte Holloman, lb, South Carolina

Best Pick: Terrance Williams, WR/Baylor

Williams was once projected as a first round pick but slipped out after the cream rose to the top. But he didn’t tumble as far as he could, and he’ll be staying local with the Cowboys. He’ll provide Tony Romo with a great tall target to add to an offense that might end up being alright in 2013.

Worst Pick: Travis Frederick, C/Wisconsin

I hate to pile on this poor kid but Jerry Jones didn’t set him up well by drafting him two rounds ahead of where he was projected to go. Frederick might end up being a great center, but the Cowboys reached in an insane way to get him and that can only hurt him in the short run.

Analysis: Dallas threw together a real hit and miss draft this year but they were too all over the place to get a good grade. While Terrance Williams and B.W. Webb were great picks, the reach for Frederick really puts a damper on things and shows the Cowboys may be rich, but they’re not very bright.

2013 Draft Grade: D+

Topics: Dallas Cowboys, NFL Draft 2013

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  • http://twitter.com/OldFrog75 Old Frog

    I guess I can buy into the story that if Frederick is the player they think he is, then the extra year on his contract before they have to pay him the big bucks is worth the reach. Might save them 4 or 5 million dollars four years from now.

  • jrcowboy49

    Dallas had notable prospects such as defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and safety Eric Reid at No. 18. Instead, they worked out a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to swap first round picks and acquire an additional third. It seemed like a good idea at the time. The Cowboys would move down a few spots, gain an extra mid-rounder and still have a shot at drafting a top-rated offensive lineman. The plan backfired. The next two picks (19th and 20th) were tackle Justin Pugh and guard Kyle Long. Then, the plan backfired again. The 49ers used the 18th pick to select Reid, the Vikings snagged Floyd, and just when it seemed like the Cowboys were going to get a steal in defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, the Broncos took him at 28. It was clear that Plan A and Plan B had both failed. The results were picking a position of need, but not necessarily a player of desire. It seems that this was more of panic pick and less of a well thought out strategy. Trading down sounds nice in theory, but if it means missing out on a couple of top-rated prospects and being forced into a player you don’t want, then you have to question the value of your return.
    Cowboys used the 31st pick on Frederick, then Brian Schwenke went to
    Tennessee at 107. I’m not sure Frederick is even the better of the two
    prospects, let alone 76 picks better.
    Escobar can create passing-game mismatches, but offers zero as a blocker and isn’t necessarily an upgrade on incumbent No. 2 tight end James Hanna.
    Williams and Holloman were probably the only two true value picks in this
    group.
    Randle is a stiff, straight-linish runner with an awfully long way to go in
    pass protection.
    Wilcox a safety was needed after releasing Gerald
    Sensabaugh . . . but what was needed was a center-fielder type FS, not another SS prospect. Wilcox played 1 season at SS for Georgia Southern after spending the previous 3 seasons on offense (slot WR).
    Webb a munchkin
    It would be difficult to say with any confidence that Dallas’ lineup improved with this draft. And they entered it with a team with OC,OG, OT, DE, BT, FS, LB needs. Jerrah really made an ass of himself in this draft and became a laughing stock to the league. Constantly bypassing quality players of need.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rick.dose.10 Rick Dose

      Dallas don’t need anything on defense. Six of their starting defense was out due to injuries. Their defense would have done a lot better if at least 4 of them were able to stay healthy. All the Cowboys probably needed in this draft was a safety, and they addressed that part. Now, if they can just keep most of the defense healthy, this time….Dallas does need help on offense. They still have more holes to fill up, but they did a great job of filling in one of the holes. Josh Hill doesn’t know what he’s talking about when talking about “drafting Travis so high”. First off all, they probably would not have gotten Travis if they did not pick him up at 31. Who would they have gotten, then, for center? From what I hear, Travis is best center in this draft, and the Cowboys did need a new center! Second, how the Hell does this hurt Travis?? Seriously, Josh? Finally, yeah, the Cowboys needed help at tackle and guard, but they also needed help at center, too. They addressed it with a guy who should be hella better than the guy they had this past season. Major hole plugged in. Maybe, this time, Tony won’t have to worry about missed-snaps on a weekly basis, anymore…Now, if they can just make a deal with one or two of the right tackle free agents….

  • http://twitter.com/KManXPress Keith Ranson

    No Dts Any Where! Who The Hell Are We Gonna Put Next To Jay Ratliff?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick.dose.10 Rick Dose

    Dallas don’t need anything on defense. Six of their starting defense was out due to injuries. Their defense would have done a lot better if at least 4 of them were able to stay healthy. All the Cowboys probably needed in this draft was a safety, and they addressed that part. Now, if they can just keep most of the defense healthy, this time….Dallas does need help on offense. They still have more holes to fill up, but they did a great job of filling in one of the holes. Josh Hill doesn’t know what he’s talking about when talking about “drafting Travis so high”. First off all, they probably would not have gotten Travis if they did not pick him up at 31. Who would they have gotten, then, for center? From what I hear, Travis is best center in this draft, and the Cowboys did need a new center! Second, how the Hell does this hurt Travis?? Seriously, Josh? Finally, yeah, the Cowboys needed help at tackle and guard, but they also needed help at center, too. They addressed it with a guy who should be hella better than the guy they had this past season. Major hole plugged in. Maybe, this time, Tony won’t have to worry about missed-snaps on a weekly basis, anymore…Now, if they can just make a deal with one or two of the right tackle free agents….

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