Last week, I took a look at the Cowboys’ first four draft picks from picks 18-20. Now, is the conclusion to this two-part series:
1. Kelvin Pritchett, defensive tackle, Ole Miss (1991) — Oh, this isn’t a Mike Patterson job where the Cowboys cut their first round pick. No, Kelvin Pritchett never even played a down for the Dallas Cowboys. While not being another subject to Jimmy Johnson’s “asthma field,” Pritchett was the subject for one of Johnson and Jones’ draft room wheeling and dealing. Because Detroit coveted Pritchett so bad, the Cowboys netted with five picks in between the second and fifth rounds. Some of those picks included Dixon Edwards, Godfrey Miles, Erik Williams, and Curvin Richards.
2. Ebenezer Ekuban, defensive end, North Carolina (1999) — For a former offensive coordinator, Chan Gailey sure liked his defensive ends. Not to mention, ol’ Ebenezer was ’98 first round selection Greg Ellis’ Tar Heel teammate. Ekuban started 2 games as a rookie and played in 16 games in his rookie year. He played 60 games total for the Cowboys and registered 12.5 sacks, which is what DeMarcus Ware averages a season. The Cowboys release Ekuban, and he went on to play for the Browns in 2004 and registered 8 sacks. In the 2005 off-season, Ekuban joined teammates Reuben Droughns and Michael Myers in a trade to Denver. Courtney Brown was signed later, and then the Broncos traded for Gerard Warren, making these five players the Denver “Browncos.”
3. Marcus Spears, defensive end, LSU (2005) — Bill Parcells had his sights set on Marcus Spears, such to the point we nearly blew our first first round selection him and missed DeMarcus Ware. That’s Bill Parcells for you. Ultimately, we ended up with Ware and Spears. Except for in 2010 when he was injured, Marcus Spears has played in all 16 games of his 8 seasons. He only has 10 sacks, but many of his defenders suggest this is because of the technique he played wherein his position was to open up pass rush opportunities for outside linebackers. While not a great pick, the debate looms on whether he is a bust.
4. Bobby Carpenter, linebacker, Ohio State (2006) — If people want to know why I remain unimpressed with Bill Parcells’ Dallas tenure, this is why. Bobby Carpenter’s selection was pure nepotism, the saddest example of Bill Parcells’ “pet cats” system that undercut anything he tried to build in Dallas. Rather than taking Antonio Cromartie, Tamba Hali, Johnathan Joseph, or Nick Freakin’ Mangold, Parcells blows a pick on a pony-tailed bust that couldn’t start until Greg Ellis ruptured his Achilles. Carpenter couldn’t play outside nor inside, so the Cowboys dealt him to the Rams in the 2010 off-season. There, he couldn’t even make the team, instead making the team with all of the other Parcells rejects in Miami. Even there, he got cut and found a home in Detroit in the middle of the 2010 season. Arguably the biggest play of his professional career was when he picked off Tony Romo in Week 4 of 2011 and took it back for a touchdown. Other than that, Bobby Carpenter was a failed pick and has always found ways to hurt the Cowboys.