4 draft mistakes that continue to haunt the Cowboys in 2024

Which NFL Draft mistakes are still haunting the Dallas Cowboys today?
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Over the last decade-plus, the Dallas Cowboys have been one of the best teams at identifying early-round talent in the NFL Draft. In terms of success rate on first-round picks, the Cowboys have to be up there among the best of the best, pretty much year over year.

With that being said, this team has still made some mistakes in recent NFL Draft classes that are costing the team as we speak. No NFL team or general manager has a flawless record when it comes to the NFL Draft. Everyone has players and picks that they would definitely do differently if given the opportunity.

What are the biggest mistakes the Cowboys have made over the last five or six years that still linger in 2024? Let's take a look at a handful.

1. Drafting DL Trysten Hill (2nd round, 2019)

The Dallas Cowboys used the 58th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on Central Florida defensive lineman Trysten Hill, who has a grand total of 1.5 career sacks in 32 games played.

As of the 2023 season, Hill was still in the NFL as a member of the New England Patriots, but he only appeared in 25 games for the Dallas Cowboys and had just 27 career tackles with them. Needless to say, the Trysten Hill pick was a bust for Dallas, and what makes matters worse is the fact that they left DK Metcalf on the board in order to make this selection.

Metcalf was considered a potential top 10 prospect who inexplicably fell to the bottom of round two that year. One year later, the Cowboys still needed help at defensive tackle and they were in the market for a first-round receiver anyway. This was a horrendous mistake.