Panthers played spoiler to Cowboys on draft day

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Kony Ealy and Trai Turner could easily be Cowboys right now.

There aren't many things Panthers fans can agree on, but the overwhelming majority are happy with the selection of Kony Ealy and Trai Turner, regardless whether they like Kelvin Benjamin or the late-round picks. It seems there was another team feeling the same way, the Dallas Cowboys.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the Cowboys had plans to take both of the Panthers rookies before trading up to select Demarcus Lawrence of Boise State.

So, who would Dallas have landed if it didn't make the trade? Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones revealed the answer during a Tuesday conference call with season ticket holders.

Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy would've been the pick at No. 47. Ealy went to Carolina at No. 60. LSU offensive guard Trai Turner would have been Dallas' third-round selection.

It's more curiosity than anything earth-shattering, but the idea that Dallas was targeting the same players speaks to both what the teams value. Additionally it perhaps tips the team's hand that they're listening to BLESTO Scouting Services more closely than many want to credit them with.

The fan-forged narrative has been to paint Dave Gettleman as the old-school talent evaluator, hunched in a dark room pouring over film by himself. This idea seems to be changed with the realization that BLESTO appears to have played a far larger part in the draft than we initially thought. It's a stretch to assume two organizations both came to the same conclusion without the use of their independent scouting departments.

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