The Dallas Cowboys are widely considered one of the NFL’s worst drafting teams, but it’s not like the team is totally inept. Over the past five years, the Cowboys have found value on players like Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, Tyron Smith, and Sean Lee.
Although they aren’t among the worst drafting teams in the league, they certainly aren’t near the top, either. For every pick that works out, there has been another that makes you scratch your head. Sometimes, you can glean a lot of knowledge about a team’s aims by studying how and when it selects players.
In studying the Cowboys drafts, it’s very clear that they’ve placed little importance on the use of analytics. That might be changing, but as recently as last year, there were decisions by the Cowboys that a team playing the percentages simply wouldn't have made.
With that said, let’s take a look at the worst Dallas Cowboys choice from each of the last five drafts.