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D-Unit 04-29-2013 02:39 AM

According to NFL.com the Cowboys Had Best Draft. Ok?
It’s official! The Dallas Cowboys had the best draft in the league in 2013!

Well, at least according to one interpretation.

Using the numerical player grades provided at NFL.com, the Dallas Cowboys had the HIGHEST AVERAGE PLAYER GRADE for their collective draft class. Basically, if you take the grade of each member in a draft class, add them all up, and then divide them by the total number of players in that class, you get the average grade value per player. And it isn’t even that close...

Here are Dallas’ picks and their grades:

Travis Frederick 78.7
Gavin Escobar 79.0
Terrance Williams 83.6
J.J. Wilcox 77.0
B.W. Webb 74.0
Joseph Randle 80.6
DeVonte Holloman 70.5


According to the grading legend, scores between 70-84 fall under the category “Eventual Starter” with an expected draft round of 2nd - 3rd. So, according to at least one grading system of some repute, every single Cowboys pick had a 2nd or 3rd round grade! In a draft where there may have only been 15-20 legitimate 1st round grades, that is pretty remarkable!

And keep in mind, this isn’t some flukey 3-player class. Dallas picked a full cohort of 7 players (albeit with two selections in the 3rd and none in the 7th, which certainly helps the average). And obviously teams with multiple compensatory picks in the latter rounds find their averages dragged down as a result, but still, the numbers say the Cowboys got better value per player than any other team.

I guess the ‘Best Player Available’ strategy was indeed in effect, huh?

For those interested in how the rest of the league stacked up, here’s the list:

Position – Team - # Players Drafted – Avg. Player Grade

1. DAL 7 77.6

2. NYJ 7 75.9

3T. ARZ 9 75.2

3T. NO 5 75.2

5. PHI 8 74.8

6. STL 7 74.4

7. SD 6 73.4

8. MIN 9 72.3

9. TEN 8 72.0

10. MIA 9 71.6

11T. CIN 10 70.9

11T. WSH 7 70.9

13. CLE 5 70.4

14. CHI 6 70.3

15. CAR 5 70.2

16. JAX 8 69.9

17. DEN 7 69.7

18. IND 7 69.0

19. NYG 7 68.4

20. BAL 10 68.0

21. TB 6 67.9

22. ATL 8 67.5

23. HOU 9 67.1

24T. PIT 9 67.0

24T. BUF 8 67.0

24T. KC 8 67.0

27. OAK 10 66.7

28. SF 11 66.3

29. NE 7 66.0

30. DET 9 65.9

31. GB 11 64.9

32. SEA 11 63.2


jayceheathman 04-29-2013 03:14 AM

dunagan15 04-29-2013 06:32 AM

that list might as well just be flipped around

Don Vito 04-29-2013 07:39 AM

Once they realize they forgot to include the Mantio Te'o bonus for the Chargers, the Cowboys will probably get bumped down to #2. Hell of an accomplishment nontheless.

princefielder28 04-29-2013 07:49 AM

What would DrewyVuitton say?

49erNation85 04-29-2013 12:26 PM

that list is crap and so is ESPN .

Iamcanadian 04-29-2013 06:24 PM

As far as I can remember back, NFL.com grades were preseason and stunk by the time the draft rolled around. Nobody has ever taken them seriously.

fenikz 04-29-2013 06:29 PM

9 players at 2 points less >>>

Robcards 04-29-2013 06:35 PM

So basically they didn't put any work in scouting from January to now? Got it.

niel89 04-29-2013 06:39 PM

These numbers are lying.

BallerT1215 04-29-2013 06:54 PM

At least we didn't finish last??

thebow305 04-29-2013 06:56 PM

Top 10 bitches!!

49ersfan_87 04-29-2013 07:01 PM

The issue with this list is that they're basically giving the 7th rounders the same weight as a 1st rounder. Like if a 1st is a 90/100 and the 7th is 10/100, than averaged out is 100/200, or 50. Not a great way to grade it. But w/e

D-Unit 04-29-2013 07:03 PM

Guys, guys, guys... Grades don't work unless they favor you, ok?

Caulibflower 04-29-2013 07:06 PM

nfl.com... repute... laughs.

PossibleCabbage 04-29-2013 07:09 PM

Average grade of drafted players is a stupid way to judge drafts, because it basically penalizes you for having lots of picks in the late rounds. If you have lots of sixth and seventh round picks because of compensatory picks, or compensation in draft trades, that's a good thing for your football team some of those guys could turn out to be really good players.

But you're not going to be able to draft a player with a high grade in the sixth or seventh round. All of the players with high grades will probably go in the top 175 picks or so.

The Cowboys finish first because they had four picks in the first three rounds and 3 picks in the last four rounds (including zero seventh round picks.) Seahawks finish last because they had two picks in the first three rounds and nine picks in the last four rounds (including FOUR seventh round picks.)

Would you rather have four seventh round picks or no seventh round picks?

D-Unit 04-29-2013 07:09 PM


Originally Posted by Caulibflower (Post 3352067)
nfl.com... repute... laughs.

Hahaha, yup, this was supposed to be funny. You took it perfectly.

For the serious responses, I was like waaaaa???? okayyyy...

Attyla the Hawk 04-30-2013 10:14 AM

Awesome. Seattle is right where we want to be then.

WCH 04-30-2013 12:06 PM

The Jags should have just traded away all of their picks after Joeckel. They would have had by far the highest score.

mightytitan9 04-30-2013 12:57 PM

I always enjoy seeing the NFL.com grades at first, then they fail to ever update them except to move a player up. Austin was like an 80 before the combine and they jumped him to like a 91, Armstead was like a 71 and they jumped him to like 84.

I really like Joseph Randle and think he could turn into a good RB, but his grade was made shortly after he declared when there were projections he could be a 2nd round RB. Lately, everyone had him pegged as a 4th-5th rounder so his grades a little high.

FWIW. I know this thread was made as a joke to poke fun at NFL.com, I just wanted to throw my view on it in as well

The Cowboys could have greatly improved their 1st place ranking if they had selected Floyd @ their original spot in the 1st lol

tjsunstein 04-30-2013 01:01 PM

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