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Grading The 2010 Draft

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Following an unimpactful 2009 draft class (David Buehler notwithstanding), the Dallas Cowboys made something of a splash in 2010.

    The team traded up to land former Biletnikoff finalist Dez Bryant in the first round, and traded up again in the second in order to steal Penn State linebacker Sean Lee--"steal" being the operative word here, as some see Lee as the bargain pick of the draft. Dallas may have won some help in the secondary in the fourth round with the selection of Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, a cornerback/safety and small-school stud from IUP.

    However, Dallas's "best player available" strategy may have hurt them, at least insofar as draft grading is concerned. Most experts deemed the offensive line to be the team's greatest need, which they addressed to some degree in the sixth round with the selection of Sam Young, a Notre Dame tackle with great workouts and unimpressive game film.

    So while there's little doubt that this draft yielded some serious talent for Dallas, the failure to address needs might explain some of the lower grades doled out by national experts:

    ESPN.com: B-

    NFL.com: A-

    CBSSports.com: B-

    Dallas Morning News: C

    The News argues that, aside from Bryant, Lee will be the only selection to make an impact this season; which may be true. We love the selection of Bryant. We love the selection of Lee. We kind of love the selection of Owusu-Ansah, as well. But the question marks at safety and tackle, which stuck out before the draft, remain in its wake, at least to some degree. This, with apologies to Jerry and co., hinders us from giving the team a more glittering grade.

    Blue-Star Verdict: B-

    Yours in the comments.

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