We saw yesterday that the Cowboys’ draft grades were all over the place on Day Two, and the same is largely true for their final draft grade. The crew at the Dallas Morning News is a good example of that:

  • Michael Gehlken: A
  • Calvin Watkins: B
  • Kevin Sherrington: B-
  • David Moore: C+
  • Tim Cowlishaw: C+

Gehlken’s summary perhaps best summarizes what the Cowboys tried to achieve in this draft:

My generous grading may draw frowns in the teacher lounge. In any event, the Cowboys became a far more physical and athletic team during the past three days, all while adding depth and competition at crucial spots. Is the job done? No. Some veteran additions are surely needed before the season. But this is a very legitimate haul of young talent for the coaching staff to develop.

By the looks of this draft, the Cowboys were looking to bulk up their roster to play more ‘Big Boy Football’:

David Moore explains how the Cowboys felt ‘big-boyed’ in playoffs. But is this draft class good enough to change that?

Deep into the fifth round, as the Cowboys were discussing who to select, owner Jerry Jones brought up one of his pet peeves.

He hates to see his team get big-boyed. The Dallas owner was stressing the need to add bulk in the trenches.

Mike McCarthy nodded in agreement and uttered a phrase he had used repeatedly since the draft got underway Thursday evening.

“Playoffs,’’ the Cowboys head coach said. “Playoffs.

“Remember the playoffs.’’

The national pundits my not necessarily agree with this take; their draft grades show the same wide range we saw from the DMN writers, which just means there’s a take for just about every taste below.