I chose draft 'moves' (trades, etc.) instead of actual draft picks so the horror that was the Joey Galloway trade can be thrust into the open light of day.
5 Best Moves
1. The Trade (RB Herschel Walker to the Vikings for 5 players and 6 draft picks)
- The details of this trade could fill a book. Dallas ultimately ended up with four players for Walker (RB Nelson refused to report), only one of which contributed in any major way (Issiac Holt). Dallas made several wheels and deals with the picks, but ultimately netted these keepers: Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, Kevin Smith, Darren Woodson, and Clayton Holmes. Although there may be some dispute over who actually made the deal, most have noted that Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones were working together like clockwork in the early days.
2. Brady Quinn trade, 2007
- Could have been a blockbuster, if only Browns QB Derek Anderson had decide to stay awful for at least another year. Dallas traded their 22nd pick to Cleveland (Quinn) for a 2nd round pick and a 2008 first rounder. The Cowboys later traded up and got Anthony Spencer, and the 2008 first rounder turned into RB Felix Jones. Cleveland got nothing out of Quinn and GM Phil Savage later lost his job.
- Mistake on my part, pointed out by JVcoach.
4. Drafted Larry Allen
- Quite possibly the best NFL lineman of this era or any other. Jerry has a long history of grabbing projects with big upside, and this one pick was his crowning achievement.
5. Drafted DeMarcus Ware
- There are many stories of how JJ and Bill Parcells butted heads in their time at Valley Ranch, but this pick was probably one of the many that was made out of complete conjecture. Jerry Jones overruled Parcells at the 11th pick in the draft to select Ware rather than Marcus Spears (who was available at 20). Many Dallas journalists (Gerry Fraley, Randy Galloway) hailed Ware as a monumental bust. He's been anything but.
5 Worst Moves
1. Traded for Joey Galloway
- Pushed hard by Troy Aikman, JJ traded two first rounders for Seattle wideout Joey Galloway. He tore his ACL in his first game and was only marginally good afterwards. Later resurrected his career with Tampa Bay.
2. Traded for Roy Williams
- Pushed hard by no one in particular, JJ traded a first and a third for Detriot wideout Roy Williams. He started strong before injuring his foot, and has been plagued by drops and bad routes. Has become an expensive run blocker and may lose his starting job.
3. Drafted Shante Carver
- At least Ekuban and Pittman could play the run.
4. Drafted David LeFluer
- Pushed hard by Troy Aikman, JJ drafted a tight end that was constantly hurt and topped his career with 7 TD grabs in 2000.
5. Drafted Quincy Carter
- With most of Dallas' draft picks, as with most NFL teams, the players they chose weren't too far from where it was expected for them to be taken. Not so with Carter, who may have been grabbed a full two rounds early. Carter led a playoff run, but it have had more to do with Zimmer's defense than Carter's passing. Drugs ruined his career just a short offseason later.