As we begin the first full week after the 2020 NFL Draft, the magnitude of the value the Cowboys got is being calculated.
The Cowboys had what looks to be one of the draft’s more impressive performances. Of course, all of the results are meaningless as what happens on the field will truly dictate how successful a class is or isn’t, but for now it is nice to hear props thrown in the direction of The Star.
When it comes to crediting the Cowboys, the common denominator is one thing right now - value. Consensus is that the Cowboys landed players valued well above the spots that they drafted them, and while that sounds simple in theory, it is very difficult to do.
One analyst graded Bradlee Anae as the best value player overall
NFL Media’s Daniel Jeremiah was perhaps a bit hip to what the Cowboys were going to do in the draft as he mocked CeeDee Lamb to them back at the beginning of March (he obviously mocked other players to them throughout the draft process).
Jeremiah is one of the more prominent draft analysts in the game and on Monday he tweeted out his best value picks from every round. You will see one Dallas Cowboys draftee on the list, the one people can’t believe fell as far as he did: Bradlee Anae.
My top value picks for every round pic.twitter.com/cvhyOTJmhH— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 27, 2020
Jeremiah graded each pick’s value based on where they were picked and how he had them ranked. While there were some extremely impressive values that other teams were able to pick, the only one that hit triple digits was Utah EDGE Bradlee Anae. Jeremiah has the Cowboys achieving an overall net value of 104 spots with that pick as they took him 179th and he had Anae ranked 75th overall.
There are a lot of reasons to be hyped about the Cowboys’ draft class and value is undeniably one of them. Dallas got their sixth-ranked player at 17 overall in CeeDee Lamb, but to get a top 100-quality player like Anae with their fifth-round pick let alone almost near the 200th overall selection is straight up silly.
Kudos to the Cowboys. They were patient and it paid off. Now the real work begins.