We are now less than three weeks away from the NFL draft. Few events during the NFL season generate more hype, hope and excitement than the draft. Cowboys fans and those within the organization must rely on this hope as the free agent period was clearly tough this year. Dallas lost the face of their defense and one of the most decorated players in team history, allowing DeMarcus Ware to move on and chase title aspirations with the Denver Broncos. The players that the Cowboys added certainly won’t do much towards moving the needle and will largely be counted on to provide depth.
So with this particular draft being one that can be easily looked upon as instrumental in shaping the future, what better time than now to review some of the Cowboys previous drafts. Over the next week, I will highlight the history of the draft under the thumb of Jerry Jones and review the ten worst and best picks of this era. Next Sunday, we’ll have a special anniversary piece that you won’t want to miss (especially if you’re a masochist).
Today we will examine the worst draft picks made by Jerry the Wonder GM. For the sake of clarity, I feel like a few caveats should be mentioned. Any picks made between 1989-1993 and 2003-2006 will not be mentioned because those were made by two legends in both coaching and talent evaluation. Jerry gets credit for acquiescing to a more knowledgeable source, but he doesn’t get credit for making the pick (Aikman, Smith, Ware, Witten) or messing up (in the case of Bobby Carpenter). Also, not only will the individual player be evaluated but the round the player was chosen and who was passed up will factor in as well. So first round picks that hit or miss matter more than fifth rounders. Similarly, a decent mid to late round pick will be devalued if a far better player was passed by. Lastly, if the Cowboys made some sort of trade and did not make a pick they should have, that is going to count too.
So, let’s get started with the today’s review of the ten worst draft moves made by GM Jerry Jones.