IRVING, Texas – Of the 32 teams in the NFL, only the Cowboys’ draft board has been made public, thanks to the work of bloggingtheboys.com.
While 31 other teams would rather not have their player rankings divulged not only for the fans to see but also their competition, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones does not think the leaked draft board is that big of a deal, especially after the draft.
“I’m a little hard-pressed to see where the issue is at all after the draft is over,” Jones said. “We don’t put anything up there that’s particularly sensitive. Those are the opinions and the work of our scouts. The fact that there might have been a player up there a round earlier or a round later than it is on a lot of other people’s boards or opinion doesn’t impact us. I don’t see the negative aspect of that information. We won’t make it a practice of publishing it but still, I don’t think it’s an important detail.”
If the Cowboys are looking to trade for a player late in training camp, might it be a disadvantage to them that another team knows how a player was or wasn’t valued on the Cowboys’ draft board? Could there be some ill-will from some players with low grades on the board that would cause them to exert some “pay back.”
If it’s not that big of a deal, then just put the draft board out there every year.
“I didn’t follow that story very closely,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Obviously we have a draft process that we believe in. A draft board is part of that process. A lot of discussions are a part of that process to the interpretation of that draft board, and then we make our best decision. Any comment beyond that is not something that I want to get into.”