When it came to last month's draft, the 49ers reached for safety Eric Reid. And for defensive end Tank Carradine, tight end Vance McDonald and outside linebacker Corey Lemonier.
This, according to the Dallas Cowboys, whose draft board was revealed for the second time in three seasons via draft-day photos that were nicely deciphered by bloggingtheboys.com here. The Cowboys, of course, swapped spots with the 49ers in the first round so that San Francisco could take Reid with the 18th overall pick. The 49ers also traded a third-round pick, No. 74, to the Cowboys, who, judging from their draft board, felt the third and fifth rounds were full of talent.
As you can see from their board, many of the players the Cowboys considered first-round talents already were taken by No. 18. According to their board, they also ended up reaching - but just a bit - for guard/center Travis Frederick, whom they took at the 49ers' former No. 31 position. They had Frederick rated as a second rounder as well.
The draft board indicates Dallas thought Carradine, McDonald and Lemonier were taken one round early. However, Dallas seems to have thought the fourth round was the right spot for receiver Quinton Patton, whom the 49ers took with the 31st pick in that round. Injured running back Marcus Lattimore, whom the 49ers selected three spots after Patton, wasn't on Dallas' draft board nor were Quinton Dial, Nick Moody, B.J. Daniels, Carter Bykowski and Marcus Cooper.
Whose board is better? Three years ago, the Cowboys board indicated they felt tackle Anthony Davis was a reach with the 11th overall pick. They had him ranked as a third rounder. (Davis has started every game since and recently was awarded a contract extension). Then again, Dallas had linebacker NaVorro Bowman rated as a first-round talent that year. The 49ers got him in the third round and Bowman has been a first-team all-pro selection the last two years.
Also in the 49ers' favor: They have been to the championship game the last two seasons and, as far as I know, haven't mistakenly revealed their draft board. Twice.
-- Matt Barrows