Apr 28, 2011; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Why Dallas Should Trade Out of the 18th Pick

The Dallas Cowboys have the 18th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.   Historically, the 18th pick hasn’t been very friendly for the Dallas Cowboys and with those sentiments if you are superstitious you would hope that Dallas would find a way to trade out of that pick in the 2013 draft.  Let’s look back over the three other 18th round picks.

In 1975 the infamous and flamboyant linebacker Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson was drafted 18thoverall.  After being drafted, Henderson made the special teams during his first two years and worked his way up to the strong-side linebacker during the 1977 season.  Although Henderson was a good athlete his addictions caught up with him causing him to be dismissed by the Cowboys within four seasons.

The next draft that Dallas had the 18thoverall pick was in 1986 and with that pick they selected Mike Sherrad wide receiver from UCLA.  While Sherrad showed promise his injury history didn’t help his cause with the Cowboys.  He had one good season in 1986 and he looked to have a very promising career as a rookie when he caught 41 receptions for 744 yards and lead the team with 5 touchdowns.  The following season, Sherrad tripped over a defender in a scrimmage and broke his tibia and fibula in his right leg and was out for the year.  He then turned around and missed the entire 1988 season when he rebroke his right tibia and his shin bone while jogging as part of his rehabilitation for the previous injury.

The most recent 18th overall pick for the Cowboys came in the 2006 draft and Dallas selected Bobby Carpenter from Ohio State.   Carpenter never panned out for the Cowboys to be the solid linebacker they thought he would become.  With his four years with Dallas he failed to secure a starting position and only had 96 tackles in four years with the Cowboys.

So with those fans who believe history repeats itself we can see above how bad the 18th overall pick has been to the Cowboys.  We could say that this year would be different but the Cowboys now have four players remaining on the team from the 2006 through 2009 drafts.  The Cowboys need to draft better, build depth better and retain their draft picks and players going forward.  There is no way, with these kind of draft busts or lack of retainable players that they Cowboys will ever build another dynasty-like team.

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