Top 10 Dallas Cowboys All Time Draft Busts

The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most accomplished and hated teams in the NFL since joining the fold in 1960, but they are not without their missteps in the draft. Without further ado and explanation, here are the biggest draft-day mistakes in Dallas Cowboys history.

The Top Ten

1 Morris Claiborne Morris Claiborne

In Drafting Claiborne the Cowboys missed on several all pros

''Injury forced him to miss the vast majority of the 2014 season. But keep in mind: he was benched a week before tearing his patellar tendon. Claiborne is the highest pick on this list, going sixth overall after Dallas gave away it second round pick to get him. Cowboys didn't keep Claiborne after the 2016 season, and is now with the New York Jets.'' Sorry Jerry Jones, but what did you see in him that he could be in anyway like Primetime? Gave up some picks to get him to is even more worthy of the top on this list. - htoutlaws2012

2 David LaFleur David LaFleur

''It seems unthinkable that the Cowboys would struggle to find production from the tight end position. But after being taken No. 22 overal in 1997, LaFleur totaled just 729 yards and 12 touchdowns in four season with the Cowboys. To compare: Jason Witten has averaged 875 yards and five touchdowns during his 12 seasons with the team.'' One of the most recognized by time Tight Flops of all time... it wasn't until a few years later they would find there long time Tight End in Jason Witten. - htoutlaws2012

3 Bobby Carpenter Bobby Carpenter

Parcells screwed this one up with taking Rob Carpenter's son.

''Notoriously hand-picked by Bill Parcells to anchor the Dallas defense, Carpenter never lived up to that hype. He was taken 18th overall from a fantastic Ohio State defense in 2006, and he managed to start just three games in his four years in Dallas. He managed just 99 total tackles during his Cowboys career.'' - htoutlaws2012

4 Scott Appleton Scott Appleton

Appleton was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1964, but they opted to trade him in the draft itself to the Steelers, and thus ancient history, but for historians there it is. - htoutlaws2012

5 Ebenezer Ekuban Ebenezer Ekuban

''Yet another failed pass rusher. The Cowboys took Ekuban No. 20 overall, one year after they took Greg Ellis eighth and from the same school, North Carolina. Ekuban spent five years with the Cowboys, and he was a starter for his final two years. He never put it together, though, as he managed just 12.5 sacks. He blossomed into a more useful player during stints with Cleveland and Denver.'' - htoutlaws2012

6 Shante Carver Shante Carver

''The final failed pass rusher on the list, Carver was taken No. 23 overall in 1994 to help replace the likes of Charles Halley on the Cowboys defense. He was a member of the Super Bowl XXX championship team, but he only tallied 11.5 sacks in four seasons.'' - htoutlaws2012

7 Felix Jones Felix Jones

''Felix Jones was drafted to team with Marion Barber III as a dual threat in the backfield. Once Barber left Dallas for Chicago, Jones failed to produce as a feature back, rushing for just 575 yards in 2011 before losing his starting job to rookie DeMarco Murray. In his last season with Dallas, Jones ran for just 402 yards, the second-lowest total of his career.'' Yikes, I did pull for the guy, but man when Murray took the field oh well your career was history. - htoutlaws2012

8 Danny Noonan Danny Noonan

''Noonan's career doesn't look terrible on paper, as he kicked around Dallas for six seasons, appeared in 71 games and contributed 15 career sacks. Those aren't terrible numbers, but they aren’t fitting of a guy drafted 12th overall, which Noonan was. He wound up ceding defensive tackle spot to big-name Cowboys newcomers like Tony Casillas and Russell Maryland.'' - htoutlaws2012

9 Billy Cannon Jr Billy Cannon Jr

''Cannon Jr was first drafted at the age of 18. Not in the NFL draft, but by the New York Yankees in the 3rd round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Unfortunately Cannon would aggravate a congenital spinal condition in only his eight game as a pro. Cannon experienced brief paralysis of his arms and legs on the play and was forced to retire from the game.'' - htoutlaws2012

10 Charley Young Charley Young

''Young was selected in the first round of the 1974 draft, he was actually the second first round pick chosen by Dallas. With the first overall pick in the draft, Ed “Too Tall” Jones became a member of the Cowboys.
Young played only three seasons in Dallas, mostly as a backup. The fullback would tear a knee ligament during the Cowboys 1977 training camp. Young’s career ended in 1978 when he attempted to come back and play for Dallas, but was unable to make the team.'' - htoutlaws2012

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