Draft Grades – Dallas Cowboys
I’m going to be looking at the fantasy repercussions of the 2013 Draft and giving out a few grades and rankings. The grades mostly focus on fantasy-relevant positions, but I’ll also be examining overall positional value and strategy. It goes without saying that there’s an informational gap between what the teams have at their disposal and what I have. On the other hand, the great thing about being an outsider is that the informational gap often runs the other direction as well.
No. 25 Dallas Cowboys Grade: D+
In an effort to one-up the teams who were selecting right tackles and guards, the Cowboys took a center in the first round who most scouts evidently had as a fourth round value. They then selected Gavin Escobar with Vance McDonald and Travis Kelce still on the board. (Check out the RotoViz Rookie TE Rankings for more on this. I was the only one giving Escobar a good grade, and further research suggests I was incorrect.)
The emphasis on offense was interesting considering their lackluster defensive finish, but I love it from a fantasy perspective. Terrance Williams probably doesn’t project as a fantasy viable player in his own right, and his upside is limited by age. On a positive note, his vertical ability should give a small boost to the fantasy prospects of Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and Tony Romo.
Frank mentioned looking at potential geographic biases in the draft process in his unflattering take on their RB choice. Joseph Randle was a predictable reach and an unfortunate one with players like Zac Stacy, Latavius Murray, and Kenjon Barner all still available.