How good are TV Football Pundits, and Jerry Jones, at Ranking Talent?

How much can you trust guys like Mike Mayock to get it right? And what might you have done differently, in hindsight, if you were running the Dallas war room in 2008? Going back through my notes, I came across Mayock's top prospects, along with the draft order of the players taken in round 1, below and thought you guys might want to check them out. This one's from four years ago, so the players have already had plenty of time to show their skills (or lack thereof).

Dallas managed to nab three players (in italics below) on Mayock's list, so judge for yourself how well JJ and co. did on draft day. At the very bottom, you'll find the actual draft pick order, and each teams' choice, in round 1.

So, in retrospect, how well do you think the draft "expert", and Dallas' front office, did? Which teams really nailed it in 2008, and how good are those teams today, due to their drafting prowess, compared to the Cowboys?

BTW, if anyone wants to see the pundit's picks for 2009, 2010, etc., I might be able to find time to look everything up and make another post, if there's enough interest.

Mike Mayock's draft prospect rankings

Mayock's top 5 QBs:

1. Matt Ryan Boston College
2. Joe Flacco Delaware
3. Chad Henne Michigan
4. Brian Brohm Louisville
5. John David Booty USC

Mayock's top 5 DEs:

1. Chris Long Virginia
2. Vernon Gholston Ohio State
3. Derrick Harvey Florida
4. Phillip Merling Clemson
5. Calais Campbell Miami (Fla.)

Mayock's top 5 WRs:

1. Devin Thomas Michigan State
2. DeSean Jackson California
3. Limas Sweed Texas
4. Mario Manningham Michigan
5. Jordy Nelson Kansas State

Mayock's top 5 DTs:

1. Glenn Dorsey LSU
2. Sedrick Ellis USC
3. Kentwan Balmer North Carolina
4. Trevor Laws Notre Dame
5. Dre Moore Maryland

Mayock's top 5 TEs:

1. Dustin Keller Purdue
2. John Carlson Notre Dame
3. Martellus Bennett Texas A&M
4. Fred Davis USC
5. Jermichael Finley Tennessee

Mayock's top 5 ILBs:

1. Jerod Mayo Tennessee
2. Dan Connor Penn State
3. Curtis Lofton Oklahoma
4. Jordan Dizon Colorado
5. Beau Bell UNLV

Mayock's top 5 RBs:

1. Rashard Mendenhall Illinois
2. Darren McFadden Arkansas
3. Jonathan Stewart Oregon
4. Felix Jones Arkansas
5. Jamaal Charles Texas

Mayock's top 5 OLBs:

1. Keith Rivers USC
2. Xavier Adibi Virginia Tech
3. Tavares Gooden Miami (Fla.)
4. Stanford Keglar Purdue
5. Wesley Woodyard Kentucky

Mayock's top 5 OTs:

1. Jake Long Michigan
2. Jeff Otah Pittsburgh
3. Ryan Clady Boise State
4. Chris Williams Vanderbilt
5. Gosder Cherilus Boston College

Mayock's top 5 CBs:

1. Leodis McKelvin Troy
2. Aqib Talib Kansas
3. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Tennessee State
4. Mike Jenkins South Florida
5. Brandon Flowers Virginia Tech

Mayock's top 5 interior OL:

1. Branden Albert Virginia
2. Chilo Rachal USC
3. Jeremy Zuttah Rutgers
4. Mike Pollak Arizona State
5. Roy Schuening Oregon State

Mayock's top 5 Safeties:

1. Tyrell Johnson Arkansas State
2. Kenny Phillips Miami (Fla.)
3. DaJuan Morgan N.C. State
4. Thomas DeCoud California
5. Josh Barrett Arizona State

1 Miami Long, Jake OT
2 St. Louis Long, Chris DE
3 Atlanta Ryan, Matt QB
4 Oakland McFadden, Darren RB
5 Kansas City Dorsey, Glenn DT
6 NY Jets Gholston, Vernon DE
7 New Orleans Ellis, Sedrick DT
8 Jacksonville Harvey, Derrick DE
9 Cincinnati Rivers, Keith LB
10 New England Mayo, Jerod OLB
11 Buffalo McKelvin, Leodis CB
12 Denver Clady, Ryan OT
13 Carolina Stewart, Jonathan RB
14 Chicago Williams, Chris OT
15 Kansas City Albert, Branden OG
16 Arizona Rodgers-Cromartie, Dominique CB
17 Detroit Cherilus, Gosder OT
18 Baltimore Flacco, Joe QB
19 Carolina Otah, Jeff OT
20 Tampa Bay Talib, Aqib CB
21 Atlanta Baker, Sam OT
22 Dallas Jones, Felix RB
23 Pittsburgh Mendenhall, Rashard RB
24 Tennessee Johnson, Chris RB
25 Dallas Jenkins, Mike CB
26 Houston Brown, Duane OT
27 San Diego Cason, Antoine CB
28 Seattle Jackson, Lawrence DE
29 San Francisco Balmer, Kentwan DE
30 NY Jets Keller, Dustin TE
31 NY Giants Phillips, Kenny FS

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