Cowboys Top Pick in Upcoming Draft Has Tumultuous History

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A coin toss is how every NFL game is started. But could something so trivial actually influence the outcome of a match? How about a coin toss affecting the entire trajectory of a team? Well, it will be the randomness of a currency flip that will determine which picks the Dallas Cowboys will get in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. Could a coin determine if the Cowboys make the playoffs this season?

Dallas will either end up with the #16 overall pick or the #17 overall pick (and their associated picks throughout the rest of the draft) depending upon the results of flying spare change. The Baltimore Ravens are the team on the other side of that fated coin.

With the Cowboys selecting in the middle of the first round regardless, I thought I’d look back to those two top picks for the past ten years. The results, which you’ll find in the following pages, are interesting and a bit disturbing. If these picks are any indication, Dallas may be better off trading out of this pick altogether.

2004 NFL Draft

December 30, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams (55) during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

#16 – The Philadelphia Eagles selected Shawn Andrews, G – Arkansas

Analysis: A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Andrews had a terrific seven-year career cut short due to lingering back issues.

#17 – The Denver Broncos selected D.J. Williams, LB – Miami

Analysis: Williams is one of the more consistent linebackers in the NFL, but has been hurt by off-the-field issues. Last season, he spent with the Chicago Bears but a chest injury forced him on injured reserve in mid-October.

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