What History Tells Us About the Cowboys Draft

By Jason Minnix

The NFL Draft is this weekend in Las Vegas and the anticipation and speculation as to who goes where and what team needs to do what will dominate the sports news this week.

Our friend and first Rock The Mic Champion RJ Ochoa listed every draft pick for the Cowboys over the past decade on Blogging The Boys and in his opinion he named Dak Prescott as the best pick and Gavin Escobar as the worst. (https://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2022/4/22/23033757/dallas-cowboys-draft-picks-last-decade-micah-parsons-deamrcus-lawrence-dak-prescott-ezekiel-elliott)

While obviously this is subjective, his reasoning for Escobar as the worst pick is that the Cowboys did not need a tight end with that second round pick with Jason Witten coming off of a 1,000 yard season. Obviously, his mentions were filled with Taco Charlton but RJ reasoned at least they drafted for a need – and missed.

Those two are certainly at the top of the list for worst draft picks but I would also insert 2015 3rd rounder Chaz Green in the conversation or Mo Claiborne for what they gave up to go get him in 2012. Ryan Switzer was a 4th rounder in 2017. Plenty of guys that were taking in the 5th, 6th or 7th that you could argue about (Ben DiNucci).

As for Dak being the best draft pick – I would call him the best value pick. Zach Martin or Travis Frederick would get my vote. Micah Parsons may be that guy in five years.

The real reminder when you look at the chart RJ Ochoa put together is that it is such a crapshoot. With all the film study and scouting, the Cowboys have 9 picks heading into the draft. A couple will be impact players…a couple will contribute and a couple will be names we won’t remember in a couple of months.

While it is easy to look at that chart and see all this misses, the Cowboys have done a good job in the later rounds with players like Cedrick Wilson, Xavier Woods, Anthony Brown, Kavon Frazier and Donovan Wilson.

So much draft talk and we will cover it all on The Blitz 4-7p and you can always tweet me @JasonMinnix