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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2. Drafting CB Kelvin Joseph (2nd round, 2021)

The Dallas Cowboys just traded Kelvin Joseph to the Miami Dolphins last year at the time of roster cuts, which should tell you everything you need to know about this NFL Draft mistake. At the time Kelvin Joseph was drafted in 2021, there was certainly some validity to the selection. He had elite speed coming out of LSU and plays a premium position.

What's not to like, right?

Well, the Cowboys' decision to pass on a player like Asante Samuel Jr. was undoubtedly a whiff, but they also passed on Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, a linebacker who could have been a perfect fit in Dan Quinn's defense at the time. Owusu-Koramoah was another player inexplicably falling in the draft after a bunch of first-round hype in the lead-up to the event.

After selecting Micah Parsons in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, perhaps the Cowboys felt like a player like Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah would have been redundant. Maybe they didn't see Parsons making the full-time transition to the edge.

One way or another, the decision to take Kelvin Joseph has turned out to be a major mistake. Luckily for Dallas, they've got corners that can play, but their depth was tested in 2023 and Joseph wasn't around to help.