The Cowboys are ridiculously successful drafting in the first round. They’ve only had a few bad picks in the last 15+ years. I almost went with Mo Claiborne, but he was marred with injuries and has actually turned out to be a pretty solid player for the Jets.
I decided to go with Bobby Carpenter, linebacker out of Ohio State who Dallas took with the 18th pick in 2006. Bill Parcells pushed for him to be selected because he had coached his father to a successful career, something that Bobby didn’t have the pleasure of enjoying.
Carpenter played almost exclusively on special teams until 2009 when he became the team’s nickel linebacker. He never became a consistent starter and only notched 96 tackles during his 4 years with Dallas. In 2010 he was traded to the St. Louis Rams for Alex Barron and was then cut 4 months later.
Players still available when Dallas selected this Uber disappointment? Antonio Cromartie, Tamba Hali, Jonathan Joseph, and Nick Mangold. Not to mention two players at the same position who were much more successful in DeMeco Ryans and D’Qwell Jackson. As an Eagles fan nothing makes me happier than thinking about America’s Team missing out on perennial All-Pro talents. I’d also like to take a moment to thank Roger Goodell for suspending Zeke and causing the Cowboys to fall apart this season!