Draft Day will be a real head scratcher

by Dan M | Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2013

  By Stacy Urban

Every year, we state this is a ‘must draft’ for the Cowboys.  As we look at this year’s draft possibilities, let’s also take a look at the past Cowboys drafts, more specifically since 2006.  It’s no secret the Cowboys drafting brain trust has drafted as poorly as most any team in the league since the unfortunate departure of Jimmy Johnson after the 1993 season.  Of course, since Jerry Jones is in charge of everything from the ‘socks and jocks’, the blame ultimately has to fall on him.
Since 2006, the Cowboys have drafted 162 players, and only 18 remain, a paltry 12%, compared to at least 33% for the average NFL team.  What is really scary is the Cowboys had 12 picks in the 2009 draft, and none of those players are with the Cowboys today.  Also, the balance of the 18 players are mainly from the last 3 drafts, with only a handful remaining from drafts 2006-2009.  The 2006-2009 draft should have supplied the Cowboys with a solid core of veteran players that should be helping the Cowboys achieve their playoff goals today, but that is not the case whatsoever.
In the offseason, some felt a trade of Tony Romo could be this generation’s Herschel Walker trade, or maybe close.  The Cardinals, for instance, believe they are a QB away from contending, so the possibility of Romo going to the Cardinals for their 1st round and 3rd round pick this year, and 1st round and 3rd round pick next year was a distinct possibility.  However, would the Cowboys have been able to capitalize on the trade by turning those picks into Pro-Bowl caliber players?  History says ‘no’!  Jimmy Johnson was able to parlay the Herschel Walker trade to Minnesota into a drafting bonanza of future Hall of Famers, as well as quality players acquired in the trade from Minnesota.  So, at the end of the day, do we believe the Cowboys could rebuild their team with quality additional draft picks?  Probably not!
As we head into this weekend’s draft, the fans will again scratch their heads in amazement of how the Cowboys have become so inept in drafting quality talent.  Just recently, Wide Receiver Danny Amendola, signed a 5 year-$31 million dollar contract with the Patriots.  Amendola, from Texas Tech, was undrafted but asked the Cowboys for a tryout.  Insiders say in the 4 months he was practicing with the Cowboys, he never dropped a ball that hit his hands.  Amendola did not make the team!  Imagine that, a player who actually catches the ball every time it’s thrown their way!  What a concept!
So, who do the Cowboys take at #18?  Do they trade up?  Whatever they (Jerry) decide to do, history tells us not to get very excited.  History tells us that maybe only one of this year’s draft picks will be with the team in 5 years.  From my perspective, the Cowboys are continuing to get beat up front.  Most glaring need is offensive line help.  It’s been a long time since the Cowboys have pushed teams around, and with the team’s lack of talent evaluation skills, it will probably be a while longer.

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  1. Richard Hollander says:

    Good article!

  2. Joseph Monserrate says:

    Great article!! Your in the wrong business Raymond. The lack of recruiting on the cowboys part is always good for the Giants. So thanks cowboys!

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