Patriots, Cowboys don't see eye to eye in draft

Patriots, Cowboys don't see eye to eye in draft
May 31, 2013, 9:30 am
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First things first, if the Dallas Cowboys had all the answers they’d have won more than two playoff games in the past 16 seasons.
 
With that out of the way, the deciphering of Dallas’ 2013 draft board by the diligent folks at Blogging the Cowboys gives intriguing insight into how one team rated the players in April.
 
And it’s interesting to see where Dallas’ talent evaluators stacked some players relative to where they went. A conclusion? The Cowboys and Patriots don’t see players through the same prism.
 
Aaron Dobson, the wideout the Patriots drafted with the 59th overall pick, had a fifth-round grade for Dallas and he was the 12th rated receiver on their board. Josh Boyce, whom the Patriots selected in the fourth round with the 102nd pick, was rated a fourth-rounder by the Cowboys as well.
 
As for the Patriots’ first selection, Jamie Collins (52 overall)? He was deemed the sixth-best defensive end for the Cowboys and given a third-round grade. Illinois defensive end Michael Buchanan, whom the Patriots took in the seventh-round with the 226th overall pick? Dallas had him with a fourth-round grade.
 
It’s not a big surprise to see third-round selection Logan Ryan, a corner from Rutgers, with a fifth-round grade from Dallas. That’s where most cognoscenti had him ticketed for. It’s also less than a shock to see that safety Duron Harmon and linebacker Steve Beauharnais – both of Rutgers – were off Dallas’ board altogether.
 
The Patriots placed a premium on scheme, smarts and familiarity with and between the players they selected, it appears. That meant the Rutgers guys were going to be more valued by New England.