2. Dre'Mont Jones, DT: Pick 71 2019 NFL Draft (Cowboys took Trysten Hill at pick 58)
Without a pick in Round 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Cowboys' first selection came at No. 58 overall. And that selection ended up being one of the worst choices in recent memory — it wasn't as bad as Taco Charlton over T.J. Watt, but it was a similar story.
Just like with Charlton, Dallas had their mind's made up on where they were going with the pick. Charlton was a "hand in the dirt" defensive end, whereas Watt was a stand-up pass rusher — that meant he was a better fit for Rod Marinelli. Just two years later, they proved they learned nothing from this monumental gaffe as they again took "Rod's guy" in Trysten Hill.
This pick was immediately condemed since Hill was in the dog house at UCF and didn't even start in his final campaign. But they wanted a big defensive tackle and he fit their measurements.
Hill ended up playing just 25 games for the Cowboys and had 39 tackles and 1.5 sacks. While they could have gone in a different direction, including going after safety Juan Thornhill from Virginia (which was also a need), there was even a better option at defensive tackle.
Dre'Mont Jones from Ohio State was there and ended up going to Denver at pick 74. He spent four seasons with the Broncos and had 133 tackles and 22 sacks.
Jones might not have still been around this season since he just earned a mammoth contract with Seattle but he was a top-tier interior pass rusher and everything they hoped Hill would be. But he was just 281 pounds whereas Hill was 308 — so Marinelli convinced them to take the better "fit."