The Dallas Cowboys have the 18th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The reality is the Dallas Cowboys have had only two 18th overall picks in their entire 53-year history: ’86 wide receiver Mike Sherrard and ’06 linebacker Bobby Carpenter. That’s a pretty boring article to read, even if you spiced it up with cheap jokes about Mike Sherrard’s feeble legs and Bobby Carpenter’s fairytale potential.
So, I had to include the 20th overall pick. The Dallas Cowboys never had a 19th overall pick in the NFL draft, ever. Same goes with them having a 16th overall pick. Nonetheless, here is the list of the Cowboys’ all-time draft picks in the 18th and 20th overall spots:
1. Dennis Homan, wide receiver, Alabama (1968) — The drafting of Dennis Homan is curious considering Lance Rentzel and Bob Hayes were both in their primes. Homan only had 4 receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown in his rookie year. Imagine if Dez Bryant had that stat line. Homan stuck around for two more seasons, racking up 19 receptions for 345 yards and starting in 9 games. Later, he finished out his pro career in Kansas City for two more seasons.
2. Billy Joe Dupree, tight end, Michigan State (1973) — With the transition of Mike Ditka from the field to the sidelines, the Dallas Cowboys had to replace the quality at tight end. The Cowboys did a superb job of that. Going in 2012, Billy Joe Dupree led the Cowboys with 41 career touchdowns, the most for a tight end until Jason Witten added three TD’s this season to take the lead. A winner of Super Bowl XII, Dupree was a big part of the Roger Staubach’s offense.
3. Thomas Henderson, linebacker, Langston (1975)– Part of the Craig Morton trade in 1974, Thomas Henderson joined Randy White as the Dallas Cowboys’ twin first rounders that year. Henderson popularized #56 for linebackers, setting the tone for it being a brazen number. All of Henderson’s immense physical talents were snorted away with his cocaine addiction. After being cut in 1979, Henderson played some games with the Oilers and 49ers in 1980 before hitting rock bottom completely. The consolation is Henderson has turned his life around and used his darkness with cocaine to warn other wayward men that they can beat the white powder.
4. Mike Sherrard, wide receiver, UCLA (1986) — The Cowboys were burned when the San Fransicko 49ers traded up in the ’85 draft to steal Jerry Rice. Mike Sherrard was a makeup pick for that spurning. Being only the second wide receiver taken in the first round by Dallas, Sherrard had a good rookie season, posting 41 catches for 744 yards and 5 team-high touchdowns. In 1987 training camp, he broke his tibia and fibula. He missed the entire 1988 season breaking the same bones. Enter Michael Irvin, exit Mike Sherrard. He played with the 49ers for four seasons until joining Dan Reeves’ New York Giants in 1993. His best season was in 1994 when he 53 catches for 825 yards and 6 touchdowns. Sherrard joined the Denver Broncos in 1996 before retiring after the season, the season before the Broncos won their first franchise Super Bowl.
Check back next week to find out more about the Cowboys’ final four 18th and 20th overall picks in franchise history.