Injury #3: Jerry selects “Failure” as his #1 pick

by - January 28, 2009 - Posted in Injuries & Usurpations

Following Jimmy’s departure in February 1994 the Cowboys’ draft was Jerry’s to run. As general manager Jerry felt the need to prove himself as a draft guru. He invited cameras into the draft room and famously picked up the phone to look busy any time he was aware that ESPN’s cameras were rolling. Despite looking the part, Jerry’s drafts between the Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells eras were train wrecks. Jerry’s selections proved he lacked an eye for both football talent and off-field character.

In the 1994 draft, his first without Jimmy, Jerry drafted Shante Carver, a defensive end out of Arizona State, in the first round. Carver lasted only four years in the league and amassed a mere 11 1/2 sacks for his career. Not to be outdone, Jones drafted Sherman Williams, a running back out of Alabama, as the Cowboys’ first pick (2nd round) in 1995. Williams played only five years in the NFL averaging only 290 yards a season and was later sentenced to seven years in prison for marijuana distribution and counterfeiting.

In 1996 Jones selected defensive end Kavika Pittman with the Cowboys’ first pick. An average player at best, Pittman played only four years with the Cowboys and averaged a paltry 2 1/2 sacks a season. Tight end David LeFleur was the first round selection in 1997, and he played only three years in the league. Between 1999 and 2001 Jones’ three first picks yielded Ebenezer Ekuban (five average years with the team), Dwayne Goodrich (three pedestrian years with the team before being convicted of criminally negligent homicide), and Quincy Carter (three tumultuous years in the NFL derailed due to drug use).

General managers, above all else, are responsible for drafting the future of the organization – something Jerry Jones has failed at miserably. Jones would have long ago been relieved of his duties of general manager for his draft results had anyone other than himself been signing his paycheck.

16 Responses to Injury #3: Jerry selects “Failure” as his #1 pick

Ryan

January 28th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

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I never realized how many first rounders tuned out to be worthless.

fatboy

January 28th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

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some of them were actually second rounders, but they were the Cowboys' first pick that year

Ryan

January 30th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

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First “picks” I meant to say. My bad.

BTreece

January 30th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

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I remember that whole deal with Dwayne Goodrich, dumb ass hit someone on the road while they were standing next to their just wrecked car, it was an accident, but because he was too stupid to stop and render aide, he was arrested and convicted. That’s a great judge of character.

I thought LeFleur signed with the Panthers, or some other east coast team? I knew a cousin of his that kept bragging about it.

It’s amazing how many of Jerry’s guys don’t even wear a football uniform anymore, let alone being wasted picks and money.

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Tarheel

January 30th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

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Soooooooo, since Jerry gets the blame for those horrible drafts, does he also get credit for the past two drafts which have been pretty damn good. Lets see, the past two years they have drafted Felix Jones, Martellus Bennett, Mike Jenkins, Orlando Scandrick, Tashard Choice, Nick Folk, and Deon Anderson. Believe me, i think GM Jerry has made A LOT of dumb moves. But if your going to bash him when he makes a bad pick you have to give him credit when he makes a good pick. In the 1994 draft you talk about, who was the 2nd round pick that year???? That would be Larry Allen.

And how did Dallas do the last time they had a “football guy” in here? That would be Bill Parcells right? How about 10-6, 6-10, 9-7, and 9-7. Only two trips to the playoffs and ZERO WINS.

Mike Tucker

January 31st, 2009 at 9:28 am

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Love this site! You are exactly right. We need somebody who knows football running this team. Check out my new blog at http://www.bleedcowboyblue.blogspot.com on the 10 greatest Cowboys not in the NFL HOF. BTW: it's been 4,417 days since the Cowboys won the Super Bowl.

Mike Tucker

January 31st, 2009 at 9:31 am

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only comment I have: it's been 4,417 days since Troy, Emmitt & Michael & George Teague beat Minnesota 40-15 to win a playoff game. enuff said.

fatboy

January 31st, 2009 at 10:22 am

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Yes, but look at the DRAFTS in those years: Terrence Newman (pro-bowler), Jason Witten (pro-bowler), Demarcus Ware (pro-bowler). The Cowboys went 13-3 with the players from those drafts.

Jeff

January 31st, 2009 at 3:14 pm

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Regardless of the number of Pro Bowlers GM Jerry Jones has drafted, there has been only one Super Bowl (with Jimmy Johnson's team) since Jerry started running the draft. Would Jerry Jones the owner tolerate such a track-record if someone else were GM? I highly doubt it. That man would have been fired sometime in the late 1990's if even that long.

Tarheel

January 31st, 2009 at 7:41 pm

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they also went 9-7 three times

Tyler

February 1st, 2009 at 10:33 pm

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you know Mike….as long as Jerry is GM it might be 5,000+ days until the Boys win again. Here's to hoping…..

TexasAggie91

February 6th, 2009 at 8:39 am

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I agree that JJ has been in way over his head ever since he ran off the other JJ. But to be fair, even Tex Schramm and Tom Landry had a streak of flops in the '80s.

1980 – Bill Roe
1981 – Howard Richards
1982 – Rod Hill
1983 – Jim Jeffcoat (exception to the rule…he was a great player)
1984 – Bill Cannon Jr
1985 – Kevin Brooks
1986 – Mike Sherrard
1987 – Na…na…Noonan, Danny

But getting back to the GM Jerry bashing, you left off the Draft Day move that I found to be the most egregious. He passed on Steven Jackson to pick that perennial pro-bowler Julius Jones. That proved to be a brilliant move.

Mike

February 6th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

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Yes, Tex and Landry had their share of bad drafts in the 80s…and that poor talent untimately led to the 1989 season in many ways.

Julius Jones…a bad move for sure. You could say Parcells signed off on that one too, but it doesn't take away from the fact that Jerry was a part of it. We'll have to add Julius to our list.

TexasAggie91

February 6th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

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I agree that JJ has been in way over his head ever since he ran off the other JJ. But to be fair, even Tex Schramm and Tom Landry had a streak of flops in the '80s.

1980 – Bill Roe
1981 – Howard Richards
1982 – Rod Hill
1983 – Jim Jeffcoat (exception to the rule…he was a great player)
1984 – Bill Cannon Jr
1985 – Kevin Brooks
1986 – Mike Sherrard
1987 – Na…na…Noonan, Danny

But getting back to the GM Jerry bashing, you left off the Draft Day move that I found to be the most egregious. He passed on Steven Jackson to pick that perennial pro-bowler Julius Jones. That proved to be a brilliant move.

Mike

February 6th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

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Yes, Tex and Landry had their share of bad drafts in the 80s…and that poor talent untimately led to the 1989 season in many ways.

Julius Jones…a bad move for sure. You could say Parcells signed off on that one too, but it doesn't take away from the fact that Jerry was a part of it. We'll have to add Julius to our list.

Cowboys fans, you have company - Fire Jerry Jones!

March 23rd, 2009 at 8:26 am

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