The history is strong. Back in the day when I used to write for Blogging The Boys over on SB Nation, our crack group of contributors took the leaked photos from the Cowboys’ war room and were able to decipher the team’s draft board. In fact, it was done several times over the years.
Recently, the team has done a better job of masking that, but on Thursday in an effort to justify taking Tulsa’s Tyler Smith, owner Jerry Jones did something only he would do, he held up a picture of the club’s draft board to the cameras to prove that Smith sat above better regarded (in the media) prospects Kenyon Green and Zion Johnson. Now, that held up piece of paper appears to have been dissected accurately. Check out the process and results below.
First up, the enhanced photo
WFAA’s Mike Leslie did the first part, getting as clear a picture as possible to the masses.
Lol not for lack of trying… I legit went home and screencast our video of the presser from my laptop to my TV… this was all I got pic.twitter.com/rjVG093qAT
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) May 3, 2022
Next up, the call to arms
I then sent up the bat signal to bring the gang back together.
— KD Drummond (@KDDrummondNFL) May 3, 2022
The first three names are identified
Then Rabblerousr chimed in with the first three names
They had fourteen 1st rounders. It looks like columns six and seven are the player and the school. We should be able to decipher it from the length of those names.
First three seem to be:
— rabblerousr (@rabblerousr) May 3, 2022
The rest of the top 7 is sorted...
A series of Twitter users and bloggers were in the mentions, adding names to the list. Give them a follow and a congrats on the hard work.
... OCC swoops in and finishes the list
Top of the Cowboys draft board deciphered as Cowboys Twitterverse comes through. pic.twitter.com/JyBYp7bWCJ
— OCC44 (@OCC44) May 3, 2022
The List - as best as can be guessed
Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon
Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
Derek Stingley, Jr., CB, LSU
Travon Walker, DE, Georgia
Kyle Hamilton, Safety, Notre Dame
Ilem Ekwonu, OT, NC State
Drake London, WR, USC
Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
Lewis Cine, Safety, Georgia
Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
Tyler Smith, OG, Tulsa