The Dallas Cowboys love making waves during the offseason and they certainly succeeded doing that on draft day. Selecting center Travis Frederick in the first round after a trade down definitely raised some eyebrows in the draft analyst community.
Now that the 2013 NFL draft is in the books, let's see what those analysts thought of the Cowboys' picks this year.
Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram released her NFC East grades on April 27, giving the Cowboys a passing grade.
Dallas earned a C from Williams, with the reporter citing that after the first round, the team settled in and took the best available players in each round. She does point out that the Cowboys didn't do much to help the new defense and missed out on the top safeties, however.
Williams was frankly a little too easy on owner Jerry Jones and company considering the team whiffed on drafting a top safety. The 'Boys also made questionable decisions in the most important round of the draft.
Mike Fisher took a bit of a different approach when giving out his draft report card for the Cowboys.
Fisher explained in his article for CBS' affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth that he's not a fan of the report card grades. He did ultimately grade Dallas in his own way, giving the 'Boys an F for Round 1 and an A afterward.
Fisher believes that the Cowboys didn't get enough value for their trade with San Francisco and went away from drafting a player they were high on to do so. He was somewhat fine with the Travis Frederick selection, however, which isn't a universal thought out in the media currently.
This is an interesting approach to take on a post-draft staple for NFL writers but Fisher isn't completely spot-on. While Dallas does deserve an F for the first-round decisions, an A afterward is a bit generous. Not addressing safety until the top players were gone and taking a wide receiver in Round 3 automatically hinder an A grading.
Rainer Sabin gave out his NFC draft grades recently and handed the Cowboys a B grade for their efforts in the draft.
Sabin explained that the draft for the team could hinge on how well second-rounder Gavin Escobar develops at tight end, but the team drafted players that "made sense for them."
This is simply too high a grade for a team that got ripped off in a first-round trade and wasted a third-round pick on a position it is deep at in wide receiver. The Cowboys also waited on safety and running back, two positions that needed to be addressed early.
Dallas was handed some fairly generous grades from local media outlets considering some of the missteps the team made throughout.
Evan Silva was much harder on America's Team in this year's draft, handing it a D grade. He even went so far to say that "It would be difficult to say with any confidence that Dallas' lineup improved with this draft."
Silva might have written big words in his piece against the Cowboys' efforts, but he's right. Drafting Gavin Escobar seemed unnecessary after drafting James Hanna last season and Joseph Randle is no stud at running back.
The Cowboys did a terrible job of addressing needs and found a way to botch their first-round pick. Travis Frederick might fill a need, but if it was such a big one, then the team shouldn't have kept Phil Costa on the roster and traded for Ryan Cook last year.
Silva might have been harsh with the Cowboys, but it's hard to argue against him.
Coming in with the worst grade for the Cowboys on this list is Alex Marvez of Fox Sports. Marvez and colleague Peter Schrager discussed their grades for the 'Boys and the former emphatically gave Dallas an F.
Marvez wasn't a fan of the Cowboys trading so far down that "every player with a first-round grade" on their board was gone by pick No. 31. He also stated that the team bombed on its early picks and on surface the drafted players didn't make a lot of sense.
While Marvez is a little too harsh with his grade, like with Evan Silva, it's hard to argue with some of what he said. Dallas made some big early mistakes like the trade down and the first-round pick that could haunt the team for years to come. You can't necessarily win the draft in the first round, but you can easily lose it.
The Cowboys left a lot of people scratching their heads after this draft and the grades for their draft are scattered across the board.