Since we all are argueing about who we will pick or who we should pick, I figured a study of the Cowboys drafts that Parcells was a part of.
2003 nfl draft
1(4)- Terence Newman CB -Solid pick very good NFL CB, Not better than Trufant who was picked 6 picks later but a 1 time pro bowler.
2(38) Al Johnson C- Started 2 years out of 4 , was nothing special but took up space on the line. Lost his job in 2006 , started for Arizona last year, Anquan Boldin WR still on board
3(69) Jason witten TE- Great pick pro bowl TE
4(109) Bradie James LB- Nothing special but a 4th rounder that is a starter at ILB, is solid player
6(178) BJ Tucker DB- Gone after two years, marginal player
7(186) Zuriel Smith Wr-Was returnman , gone after rookie season
7(219) Justin Bates G- did not make team
3 long term starters, only missed on his second rounder. Solid draft
2(43)Juius Jones RB- solid runningback 1 1000 yard season, left as free agent
2(52) Jacob rodgers T-God awful pick, played in 2 games out of league, Max Starks was available.
3(83)Stephen peterman G Cut in 2006, awful pick Stacy Andrews,jacob Bell and Jake Scott available.
4(121) Bruce Thornton CB did nothing out of NFL, Jason David CB a few picks later,
5(144) Sean Ryan TE started 2 games 0 catches traded for 7th rounder
also not a good pick
7(205) Nate Jones CB Hasnt played much but 7th rounder who stuck for 4 years
7(216)Patrick Crayton WR very solid wr for a 7th round pick , started last year
7(221) Jacque Reeves CB turned into a starter last year overrared but great for a 7th rounder.
A lot of wasted early picks but had as good a seventh as you could ever expect. Bad draft though when 4 of your top 5 picks dont contribute at all.
1(11) Demarcus Ware LB great pick all pro player
1(20) Marcus Spears DE mediocre first round pick, Castillo better player
2(42) Kevin Burnett LB been backup so far 2 starts in three years, passed on Lofa Tatupo
4(109) Marion Barber Rb great 4th round pick pro bowler last year
4(132) chris canty DE An ok defensive end , starter though. Trent Cole was still available
6(208) justin Beaurealt CB did not make team
6(209) rob petitti T started as rookie but by default cut the next year
7(224) Jat Ratliff NT started last season, nothing special but a starter non the less and has potential
Draft with two top players but badly missed on mid first rounder and second rounder.
1(18) Bobby Carpenter LB pretty big bust so far, passed on Cromartie and Manny Lawson and Demeco Ryans
2(53) Anthony Fasano TE weird pick with Witten here but has been ok in backup role. Scheffler and Pope were better Te's and passed on some real good players Devin Hester and Jones Drew.
3(92) Jason Hatcher DE developemental player nothing special
4(125) Skyler Green WR horrid pick did nothing
5(138) Pat Watkins S best pick of thier draft started 14 games as rookie
6(182) Montavious Stanly DT did not make team
7(211) Pat McQuistan T still on team
7(224)EJ Whitley G did not make team
awful wannstadt like draft
I would say they drafted some very good players but have had some momumental busts early in the draft. Definately have not shown to be so much above the rest of the league in drafting but have aquired some pro bowl type players such as Witten, Ware and Newman.
Maybe we should trade our second round picks and move up in first with his second round history overall lol.