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Top 5 Worst Draft Picks- Dallas Cowboys

Updated on July 20, 2015

These guys were brought in to help the team win, but couldn't accomplish anything on the field. Today I rank the top five worst draft picks by the Dallas Cowboys

5. Mike Sherrard

He was the first wide receiver the team took in the first round in almost two decades, and he was a failure.

By his sophomore year at UCLA, Mike Sherrard went from walk on to starting wide receiver. He left as the school's all-time leading receiver in a season and was a member of three Rose Bowl-winning Bruin teams.

Sherrard was selected 18th overall in 1986. He showed promise as a rookie with 744 yards and five touchdowns. Unfortunately, those would be the only stats he would post with the team. Sherrard missed the next two seasons with a broken right leg and would never play for Dallas again. He signed with San Francisco in 1989, but was never the same player. His forgettable career ended in 1996.

4. Bobby Carpenter

He wasn't productive from any linebacker spot.

At Ohio State, Bobby Carpenter started 26 games as a Buckeye. He recorded 191 tackles, 14.5 sacks, and 23.5 tackles for loss.

Carpenter was selected 18th overall in 2006. Over his four year stint, he failed to establish a starting role, racking up 96 tackles during his Cowboys career. During a 2008 episode of NFL's Hard Knocks, Carpenter was continuously beaten in a pads and shorts practice by tackle Marc Colombo. During that episode Colombo referred to Carpenter as "Barbie Carpenter" making fun of his shoulder length blonde hair. He eventually was reduced to being the team's nickel linebacker before being traded to St. Louis.

3. Morris Claiborne

His production level in Dallas has been next to nothing.

As a sophomore at LSU, Morris Claiborne burst on to the college football scene leading the team with five interceptions. By his junior year, he won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back.

Claiborne was selected sixth overall in 2012. There were high expectations for him during his rookie season, as he finished with 55 tackles and 1 interception, while suffering a number of minor injuries and being targeted by opposing teams in order to avoid Brandon Carr on the left side. By his second year, he lost the starting job to Orland Scandrick. Along with many other numerous injuries, his time as a Cowboy has been a waste. In hindsight, the fact that Claiborne played alongside Patrick Peterson in college made him look better than he really was.

2. Kevin Brooks

He is best known as the player Dallas had to settle for.

At Michigan, Kevin Brooks started as an outside linebacker before being moved to defensive tackle as a sophomore. In his final two years, he was named first team All-Big Ten both years.

Brooks was selected 17th overall in 1985. The team wanted to take a little unknown wide receiver out of Mississippi Valley State named Jerry Rice, but the San Francisco 49ers traded up and took him one spot ahead of the Cowboys. Rice became the greatest wideout ever, while Brooks finished with 12.5 career sacks in Dallas. After an altercation with new head coach Jimmy Johnson, he was traded to Denver.

1. Shante Carver

"Shante's Inferno" was brought in to be the team's next great pass rusher, but disappointed on and off the field.

At Arizona State, Shantel Carver was a three year starter, that recorded double figure sacks in each of his four collegiate seasons. He was a two time All-American and left school as the Sun Devil's all time sack leader.

Carver was drafted 23rd overall in 1994. He was expected to add to what was already a powerful defensive line and eventually replace Charles Haley and Tony Tolbert. Instead, he recorded a meager 11.5 sacks and didn't force a single fumble during four years with the team. In his rookie season, he only played in 7 games because of injuries. He also made news after suffering a car accident, abandoning his truck, and reporting it as stolen. He was also suspended in 1996 for violating the league's anti drug policy. He spent time in the CFL, XFL, and AFL before calling it quits.

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      Kevin Goodwin 

      3 years ago

      They are all terrible picks.

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Cowboys have definitely made some guffaws over the years.


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