But on the eve of the NFL Draft — like every other day of the year — RanchReport.com is interested only in the Dallas Cowboys, so here are the five worst Dallas draft picks since the turn of the century.
3. Jacob Rogers
When the Cowboys drafted Rogers in 2004 out of USC, some suggested that the 6-foot-6, 318-pound tackle might anchor the Dallas offensive line for years to come. In a worst-case scenario, he was supposed to be a versatile backup who could contribute on special teams.
Jacobs showed so much promise as a rookie that after his debut season, the Cowboys signed Marc Colombo to serve as a bookend tackle across from Flozell Adams. Jacobs was cut in just his second year, and never played in the NFL again.
2. Quincy Carter
Carter also was a second-round pick — he was chosen 53rd overall in 2001, while Rogers went 52nd overall three years later — and his statistics were considerably more legitimate: he completed 56.5 percent of his passes for more than 6,000 yards and 32 touchdown passes in 38 career games, 34 of which he started.
But he goes ahead of Rogers on this list because so much was expected of him. When he was drafted in the second round, owner Jerry Jones gushed over the selection (which most draft analysts thought was two or three rounds too high), calling Carter everything short of a "franchise quarterback." While Carter floundered, he piled up the interceptions — he threw 21 of his 37 career picks in 2003, his last season in Dallas. In 2004, he finished up his NFL career with a forgettable seven-game stint with the New York Jets. After leaving the NFL, he made some headlines for running afoul of the law and bouncing around in arena football — hardly what was expected when Jones celebrated Carter's arrival in Dallas.
1. Dwayne Goodrich
Goodrich's appearance at the top (or bottom) of this list has nothing to do with the traffic tragedy that cost two people their lives and sent Goodrich to jail. He's here because he did virtually nothing as a player.
In three seasons with the Cowboys, Goodrich played in 16 games, starting one. But the team's top pick in the 2000 draft — in the second round, 49th overall — compiled eight tackles in his career. Total. He defended one pass and had no interceptions or fumbles caused or recovered.
The events that led to his incarceration were tragic and are not being judged here. But drafting him was the worst pick of the last 10 seasons.
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