The 2014 NFL Draft is only weeks away and fans have spent months debating who the Cowboys should take with the 16th pick. As the draft draws closer, conversation often turns to past NFL Drafts and the busts each team has suffered from poor drafting and the Dallas Cowboys aren’t the exception to the rule. It is commonly believed that Jerry Jones isn’t a good General Manager and has made horrible draft choices. However, this misconception is due to the fact that the Cowboys have traded picks for other players. Thus, the 2000, 2001, and 2009 drafts have suffered as a result of the Cowboys having no first round pick. So, who are the worst players ever drafted by the team?
5. Shante Carver, Defensive End, 1994 NFL Draft, 1st round: This was the first draft without Jimmy Johnson as the head coach and it showed with this pick being more famous for automobile accident than for his lack of production on the field. Carver abandoned his truck and then reported it stolen. In every state, running away from the accident is considered a crime, but lying about having a stolen truck is also a crime and also breaks one of the Ten Commandments.
4. Shane Hannah, Offensive Guard, 1995 NFL Draft, 2nd Round: He never played a regular season down for the Cowboys as he tore knee ligaments two weeks into training camp. The Cowboys put him on Injured Reserve expecting him to heal, but he reported to 1996’s training camp overweight and was released.
3. Kevin Smith, Cornerback, 1992 NFL Draft, 1st Round: Teams expect 1st round players to start or at least be significant contributors at their positions. That was what the Cowboys expected from Kevin Smith when he was selected in the 1992 draft. It isn’t that he wasn’t a very bad player, but he is here due to the second cornerback the team selected in the 2nd round of that very same draft. His name is Darren Woodson and is a former All-Pro cornerback who should be elected to the Hall of Fame in addition to receiving his rightful place in the Cowboys Ring of Honor.
2. Dwayne Goodrich, Cornerback, 2000 NFL Draft, 2nd Round: Due to a trade with Seattle, Goodrich was the Cowboys first pick in this draft. However he was hampered by injuries in his first two seasons, but that isn’t the horrible part. Prior to his third season in the league, Goodrich was involved in a hit and run accident which killed two motorists while breaking off a car door.
1. Steve Walsh, Quarterback, 1989 Supplemental Draft, 1st Overall Pick: This pick was not a good deal for the Cowboys. When it was made, the Cowboys weren’t sure about Troy Aikman despite selecting him with the first pick in the draft. The Supplemental draft works like this: teams have the freedom to select players or pass. To make a selection, teams put in bids for a player and the round is which that player would be selected. Every team that makes a supplemental pick, forfeits a pick in the following year’s draft, and in the round that player was selected. Thus, the Cowboys forfeited the first overall selection of the 1990 draft and could have had the pick of the litter which included linebackers Cortez Kennedy and Junior Seau, or free safety Mark Carrier. The Cowboys never really used Walsh while Troy Aikman went on to a hall of fame career as part of the famed Triplets.
One final note, I didn’t include Quincy Carter on this list because he was a serviceable quarterback with the team.