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Top 5 Worst Draft Picks- Dallas Cowboys

Updated on May 1, 2021

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. Taco Charlton

He never developed into the player Dallas needed.

At Michigan, Vidauntae "Taco" Charlton worked his way up the Wolverine defense. As a junior, he became the starting defensive end in the 3-4 defense and finished with 8.5 sacks. The following year, he flourished as Michigan switched to a 4-3 scheme and he finished with 13.5 sacks while being named first team All-Big Ten.

Charlton was drafted 28th overall in 2017. He played sparingly as a rotational rookie appearing in 16 games while posting 19 tackles, one pass defended, one forced fumble, 11 quarterback hurries and three sacks. He started the first seven games of 2018, but missed five of the next six with shoulder and ankle injuries that each required surgery. The following year raised concerns about his development as he was a healthy scratch for the first two games of the season. After the team failed to trade him, he was released before Week 3 of 2019. He was eventually claimed by Miami and is currently on Kansas City's roster. Managing just four sacks in two seasons isn't what Dallas needed from a first round edge rusher and it just added more fuel to the fire that the team should've drafted future All-Pro TJ Watt.

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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