Cowboys Flashback: Best Dallas Cowboys Draft of the 2000’s

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Nov 18, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) – defensive end Anthony Spencer (93) – linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) – defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) – linebacker Bruce Carter (54) – nose tackle Jay Ratliff (90) and cornerback Brandon Carr (39) on the line of scrimmage before a play during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Browns 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

  • 4th round selection Chris Canty, DE, Virginia- Canty was the fourth defensive player that Dallas chose this draft year.    After rehabbing some college injuries, he went into training camp and earned himself a spot on the roster as a backup.  He had only 1 start his rookie season but for the next three seasons, he was starter at the DE spot.  During the 2008 season, he signed a 1-year tender but didn’t earn another contract with the Dallas Cowboys.  He was signed via free agency by the New York Giants.  He played for the G-men until 2013 where he was released and picked up by the Baltimore Ravens.  In his first season with the Ravens, he had 30 tackles with 2 sacks.
  • 6th round selection Justin Beriault, Safety, Ball State- Beriault didn’t make much of an impact with the Cowboys.  He had a knee injury during training camp that ended his season and while attending camp the next year, he decided to retire.
  • 6th round selection Rob Petitti, OT, Pittsburgh- Petitti was a starter his rookie season, the first since 1988 on the offensive line.  The next year, Dallas signed free agent Jason Fabini also liked the play of Marc Colombo and Pat McQuistan.  The Cowboys released Petitti in 2006.  Petitti took his talents to several teams including the New Orleans Saints, the St. Louis Rams, the UFL’s Florida Tuskers, and the Carolina Panthers.  Since his release in 2010, he has been a free agent.
  •  7th round selection Jay Ratliff, DT, Auburn- Ratliff played sparingly in his rookie season but played 15 games in 2006.  He worked his way into the starting lineup and continued to do for several seasons.  Ratliff was a 4-tiime Pro Bowl selection during his stay in Dallas.  Then this past year, he was supposedly diagnosed with a serious pelvic injury that was expected to take a year to heal.  After the Cowboys released him, he “miraculously” was given clearance to play and signed this past November with the Chicago Bears.

The 2005 NFL Draft for the Cowboys that year produced 3 starters out of 8, the most from 2000-10.  With last year’s the Cowboys are hoping for a similar story with the selections of Travis Frederick, Gavin Escobar, Terrance Williams, JJ Wilcox, and BJ Webb.  DeVonte Holloman also has a possibility of starting.  And unless Joseph Randle has a breakout training camp, he will probably backup DeMarco Murray.

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