The proper evaluation of this draft will take at least a few years, but let's just say that the Cowboys were the topic of discussion for all of the wrong reasons.
Evaluating talent is indeed in the eye of the beholder, but what has Jerry Jones' track record really proven that would allow the fans to completely trust him? Although there has been some significant improvement in recent years, that 2009 class still haunts this team on many levels to this day.
Beyond the selection of Frederick, the Cowboys did put together some nice picks in the mid-to-late rounds, and there could be some future building blocks in Terrence Williams and Joseph Randle. But for a franchise cemented in virtual mediocrity (128-128 over 16 years).
The key is to stretch the boundaries of value.
But what is true value? Taking the player on your board? Taking what the experts call true value or appeasing the fans?
The answer lies in the evaluation process. If the Cowboys think Frederick was the No. 22-rated player, then taking him at 31 is true value. Don't forget that Sean Lee was rated 16th on their board and I'd say he turned out fine.
The Cowboys could have a few regrets when they reflect back on this draft, but so could teams in 31 other cities. It might be pointless to gaze back into the crystal ball using hindsight, but we're going to do it anyway and find those players the Cowboys will regret passing on.
Let's take a look.