Here are a group of draft grades by some of the most well known draft gurus. As you can see, most grades have the Cowboys in the C+ to B ranges. If I was grading this draft, I would give it a B-, because it seems the Cowboys made reaches at during the 2nd and 3rd round picks. It seems the Cowboys got the best value for their picks on Day 3 (rounds 4-7).
9. Tyron Smith, OT, USC
40. Bruce Carter, LB, North Carolina
71. DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma
110. David Arkin, OG, Missouri State
143. Josh Thomas, CB, Buffalo
176. Dwayne Harris, WR, E. Carolina
220. Shaun Chapas, FB, Georgia
252. Bill Nagy, OC/G, Wisconsin
Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News (Grade B)
The Cowboys had a superb third day of this draft
Mel Kiper, ESPN(Grade B-)
Dallas got good value later, but never took a player that seemed like a steal at the position
Bucky Brooks, NFL.com(Grade B+)
The Cowboys’ draft didn’t have a lot of sizzle, but is long on substance and production.
John Dove, Mocking The Draft(Grade B-)
The Cowboys grade is a little low because I think they could have went a different direction with the Carter and Murray picks
NBCSports/ Rotoworld(Grade B-)
The Cowboys got fine value with their first two picks, and acquiring the best left tackle in any draft as “late” as No. 9 overall is a coup.
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports(Grade B-)
They added a starter in tackle Tyron Smith and then filled in some holes, though I think they could have gone in another direction when they picked Murray.
Adam Caplan, Fox sports(Grade C+)
They failed to address their weaknesses at safety and cornerback.