Draftniks have a notoriously fickle memory, as do many fans. And it wasn't long after the Cowboys made their pick yesterday that some draftniks across the nation started pointing out that Byron Jones was ranked outside of the first round on this or that big board.
The Cowboys may not have had a "true blue" first-round grade on Jones, but he was among top 20 players on their board according to Stephen Jones.
Ultimately, we won't know for another few years whether Jones was a good pick or not, but there the vast majority of draft observers had him as a first-round pick.
We did a quick scan of some of the better known draft analysts and their 40 final mock drafts of 2015 to find out where exactly the mock draft community had Byron Jones. The results: half of the mocks surveyed had Jones being picked before the 27th pick.
Here is the full list of mock drafts showing where Jones was ranked in each. For your convenience, the table is sortable (just click on the blue column headers).
|Where mock drafts ranked Byron Jones in 2015|
|Dan Kadar||SB Nation||4/30||20|
|Sam Farmer||L.A. Times||4/30||20|
|Jason Boris||Times News||4/30||20|
|John Dove||Draft Breakdown||4/29||20|
|Brian McIntyre||The Big Lead||4/30||20|
|Dane Brugler||CBS Sports||4/30||20|
|Jon Machota||Dallas Morning News||4/30||20|
|Walter Cherepinsky||Walter Football||4/30||20|
|Don Banks||Sports Illustrated||4/30||22|
|Robert Davis||Football's Future||4/30||22|
|Charlie Campbell||Walter Football||4/30||24|
|Greg Gabriel||National Football Post||4/29||26|
|Jason La Canfora||CBS Sports||4/30||26|
|Ryan McCrystal||Draft Ace||4/29||27|
|Jeff Risdon||Real GM||4/30||27|
|Kevin Hanson||EDS Football||4/30||27|
|Pete Prisco||CBS Sports||4/28||27|
|Will Brinson||CBS Sports||4/30||27|
|Nate Davis||USA Today||4/29||27|
|Doug Farrar||Sports Illustrated||4/30||30|
|Robert Klemko||Sports Illustrated||4/30||30|
|Rob Rang||CBS Sports||4/29||31|
|Chris Burke||Sports Illustrated||4/30||31|
|Matt Falk||Draft Season||4/29||32|
|Matt Miller||Bleacher Report||4/30||32|
|Ben Standig||CSN Washington||4/30||32|
|Mark Maske||Washington Post||4/30||32|
|Scott Wright||Draft Countdown||4/30||32|