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Apr 27, 2012; Valley Ranch, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys first round draft pick Morris Claiborne (left) and owner Jerry Jones (right) answer questions from the media at a press conference at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Rank The Worst Dallas Cowboys Draft Picks Of The 2000′s


With the NFL Draft just a few weeks away, the Dallas Cowboys are once again trying to fill several needs with good, young prospects. As the offseason has progressed, so has the speculation about which players the Cowboys will be selecting in April. Unfortunately,  a majority of prospects simply don’t pan out for one reason or another. So, before we look to the future with this new batch of rookies, let’s look at the recent past and rank the worst Dallas Cowboys draft picks of the 2000′s.

Every NFL team has to deal with draft busts. But the Cowboys have had particularly bad luck with theirs. And that has had a direct correlation to their lack of success in this decade and beyond.

From possible first round busts like linebacker Bobby Carpenter and cornerback Morris Claiborne to the Cowboys infamous 2009 draft class, ranking Dallas’ biggest draft blunders is not an easy task. One of the things I believe you must take into account when ranking players on such a list is which round they were drafted in. As a lower round means higher expectations. Therefore, I encourage you to use the Cowboys draft history information which I have included for your review underneath the ranker tool.

Speaking of our new ranking system, I’m happy to announce a partnership with Ranker.com. Their software allows our readers to rank these players by simply clicking on a vote up or down. A “thumbs up” means you believe this player belongs higher on the list. A “thumbs down” means this player should be ranked be lower or not even on the list.

The combined results instantly appear on the ranker and on the site itself. Please place your votes below and check back to see what the list evolves into as the day progresses.

 

Lists on Ranker

If you are having trouble seeing the above list, click on this link: http://www.ranker.com/list/the-worst-dallas-cowboys-draft-picks-of-the-2000-and-_39_s/the-landry-hat

 

Dallas Cowboys Draft History provided by pro-football-reference.com.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20007219Orantes GrantLB26Georgia
YearRndPickPosGCollege/Univ
2013131Travis FrederickOL16Wisconsin
2013247Gavin EscobarTE16San Diego St.
2013374Terrance WilliamsWR16Baylor
2013380JJ WilcoxFS13Georgia Southern
20134114B.W. WebbDB15William & Mary
20135151Joseph RandleRB12Oklahoma St.
20136185DeVonte HollomanLB9South Carolina
YearRndPickPosGCollege/Univ
201216Morris ClaiborneDB25LSU
2012381Tyrone CrawfordDE16Boise St.
20124113Kyle WilberLB26Wake Forest
20124135Matt JohnsonSS0East. Washington
20125152Danny CoaleWR0Virginia Tech
20126186James HannaTE32Oklahoma
20127222Caleb McSurdyLB0Montana
YearRndPickPosGCollege/Univ
201119Tyron SmithOL47USC
2011240Bruce CarterLB36North Carolina
2011371DeMarco MurrayRB37Oklahoma
20114110David ArkinOL2Central Missouri St.
20115143Josh ThomasDB38Buffalo
20116176Dwayne HarrisWR36East Carolina
20117220Shaun ChapasRB6Georgia
20117252Bill NagyOL4Wisconsin
YearRndPickPosGCollege/Univ
2010124Dez BryantWR59Oklahoma St.
2010255Sean LeeLB46Penn St.
20104126Akwasi Owusu-AnsahDB15
20106179Sam YoungT33Notre Dame
20106196Jamar WallDB2Texas Tech
20107234Sean LissemoreDT44William & Mary
YearRndPickPosGCollege/Univ
2009369Jason WilliamsLB46West. Illinois
2009375Robert BrewsterT1Ball St.
20094101Stephen McGeeQB3Texas A&M
20094110Victor ButlerLB63Oregon St.
20094120Brandon WilliamsDE6Texas Tech
20095143DeAngelo SmithDB7Cincinnati
20095166Michael HamlinDB13Clemson
20095172David BuehlerK36USC
20096197Stephen HodgeDBTCU
20096208John PhillipsTE63Virginia
20097227Mike MickensDBCincinnati
20097229Manuel JohnsonWR2Oklahoma
YearRndPickPosGCollege/Univ
2008122Felix JonesRB80Arkansas
2008125Mike JenkinsDB87South Florida
2008261Martellus BennettTE92Texas A&M
20084122Tashard ChoiceRB88Georgia Tech
20085143Orlando ScandrickDB88Boise St.
20086167Erik WaldenDE83Middle Tenn. St.
YearRndPickPosGCollege/Univ
2007126Anthony SpencerDE91Purdue
2007367James MartenT1Boston Col.
20074103Isaiah StanbackQB22Washington
20074122Doug FreeT81Northern Illinois
20076178Nick FolkK112Arizona
20076195Deon AndersonFB39Connecticut
20077212Courtney BrownDB17Cal Poly-SLO
20077237Alan BallDB86Illinois
YearRndPickPosGCollege/Univ
2006118Bobby CarpenterLB93Ohio St.
2006253Anthony FasanoTE117Notre Dame
2006392Jason HatcherDE119Grambling St.
20064125Skyler GreenWR11LSU
20065138Pat WatkinsDB53Florida St.
20066182Montavious StanleyDT33Louisville
20067211Pat McQuistanT72Weber St.
20067224E.J. WhitleyCTexas Tech
YearRndPickPosGCollege/Univ
2005111DeMarcus WareLB141
2005120Marcus SpearsDE124LSU
2005242Kevin BurnettLB137Tennessee
20054109Marion BarberRB99Minnesota
20054132Chris CantyDE128Virginia
20056208Justin BeriaultDBBall St.
20056209Rob PetittiT27Pittsburgh
20057224Jay RatliffDE109Auburn
YearRndPickPosGCollege/Univ
2004243Julius JonesRB94Notre Dame
2004252Jacob RogersT2USC
2004383Stephen PetermanG90LSU
20044121Bruce ThorntonDB13Georgia
20045144Sean RyanTE53Boston Col.
20047205Nate JonesDB106Rutgers
20047216Patrick CraytonWR105NW Oklahoma St.
20047223Jacques ReevesDB90Purdue
YearRndPickPosGCollege/Univ
200315Terence NewmanDB161Kansas St.
2003238Al JohnsonC66Wisconsin
2003369Jason WittenTE175Tennessee
20034103Bradie JamesLB157LSU
20036178B.J. TuckerDB10Wisconsin
20036186Zuriel SmithWR9Hampton
20037219Justin BatesGColorado
YearRndPickPosGCollege/Univ
200218Roy WilliamsDB114Oklahoma
2002237Andre GurodeG161Colorado
2002263Antonio BryantWR106Pittsburgh
2002375Derek RossDB33Ohio St.
20024129Jamar MartinFB25Ohio St.
20025168Pete HunterDB36Virginia Union
20026179Tyson WalterC47Ohio St.
20026208DeVeren JohnsonWRSacred Heart
20026211Bob SlowikowskiTEVirginia Tech
YearRndPickPosGCollege/Univ
2001253Quincy CarterQB38Georgia
2001256Tony DixonDB56Alabama
2001393Willie BladeDT20Mississippi St.
20014122Markus SteeleLB42USC
20015137Matt LehrC98Virginia Tech
20016171Daleroy StewartDT26Southern Miss
20017207Colston WeatheringtonDE3Central Missouri St.
20017240John NixDT31Southern Miss
20017242Char-ron DorseyT11Florida St.
YearRndPickPosGCollege/Univ
2000249Dwayne GoodrichDB16Tennessee
20004109Kareem LarrimoreDB19West Texas A&M
20005144Michael WileyRB42Ohio St.
20006180Mario EdwardsDB73Florida St.

 

 

 

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  • Old Frog

    Clairborne is never going to be worth a 1st and 2nd round pick. Suprised he’s not higher on the list.

  • PaulTX

    Sometimes it take 2-3 years for players to blossom, especially CBs. Hopefully this is true for Mo.

  • SmartThinking

    Unfortunately, this list is extraordinary.

    When you take a sobering look at this Rogue’s Gallery of wasted time, energy and money, you can quickly ascertain why Dallas has finished in the lower third of the league for so many years now. Every one of those guys, including Claiborne, were selected with the input and clout of big Jones. If they don’t represent the most damning rationale for why this team needs a real GM, then nothing else will.

    Sure, other teams have similar lists. But I’ll bet you not many division and SB winners have nearly as many.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    I am surprised Steve only listed 25. There could have been at least ten more. It is sickening to look at t he list.. Mickey Mouse could have done a better job of drafting players.