As we head into the the second and third round of the 2013 NFL Draft tonight, we thought it would be worth revisiting the 'Little Board' format that rabblerousr has been championing here on BTB. The Little Board is built on the assumption that the Cowboys are legitimately interested in the 35 to 40 draftable players who have visited the Ranch (either via official pre-draft visits or via the "Dallas Day" for local prospects), and that the players they invite provide a template for the type of prospects that could be of interest for the Cowboys.
For example, we know that the Cowboys are interested in all-purpose running backs in the DeMarco Murray mold. The backs they invited to the Ranch all have games resembling Murray's: physical, one-cut runners who are also good to excellent receivers. It follows that they would be interested in all running backs who share those characteristics, not just the ones they invited for a pre-draft visit.
Having said that, here's what our Little Board looks like heading into the second day of the draft:
|2 (47)||3 (74 & 80)||4 (114)||5 (151)||6 (185)|
|Joseph Randle||Knile Davis
|TE||Dion Sims||D.C. Jefferson|
||David Quessenberry||Reid Fragel|
||Margus Hunt||Stansly Maponga|
||Bennie Logan||Jordan Hill
|Akeem Spence||Josh Boyd|
|LB||Sio Moore||Sean Porter
||J. J. Wilcox||Jakar Hamilton|
|FS||Phillip Thomas||Sanders Commings||Ray Polk|
The Cowboys addressed one of their primary needs by taking an offensive lineman in the first round yesterday, and acquired an extra third-round pick in the process. We anticipated that the Cowboys would be looking for a trade-down that could result in an extra third- or fourth-round pick, which is why the table looks a little bloated in the middle. That extra pick gives them a lot of flexibility today to grab any falling second-round prospects that might make their way to the 74th pick.
From this list, we can deduce that the Cowboys have running backs they can target in almost any round, giving them a lot of flexibility as they maneuver through the second and third rounds. We also know that the Cowboys are interested in wide receivers with good size who have elite speed, and they likely have early-round and late-round prospects on their board. We also know of their interest in blocking tight ends, something they are likely to address in later rounds or from the ranks of college free agents.
And while the Cowboys have taken an offensive lineman in the first round for the second time in three years, they'll probably still be looking to add a tackle, at least for depth, and there are some intriguing athletic specimen available in the middle rounds.
On defense, they probably only have a cursory interest in defensive ends, but likely wouldn't be averse to taking one if he's near the very top of their board. That's a different story for defensive tackles. Here, the Cowboys are on the lookout for athletic, one-gap defensive tackles and could be looking to make a pick today.
The safety position is well stacked with prospects on our little board, though the Cowboys may prefer to go looking for an undervalued prospect later in the draft, an approach they may also follow with linebackers.
Our little board features 36 names. Which prospects did we miss?