50 Seasons Series: 1968 Marks a Transition for the Dallas Cowboys
In addition to the departure of Meredith and Perkins, two other Cowboys bowed out of the spotlight to an extent.
Dan Reeves, who had shown so much talent in the backfield, tore up his knee early in the 1968 season and was never the same afterward.
Bob Hayes remained a starter after 1968, but he never again had more than 900 yards receiving after 1968, nor did he ever catch more than 50 passes in a season after that year.
What did not change for the Cowboys was the defense that had improved every season. The team lost defensive end Willie Townes to injury, but Dallas found in the 16th round of the draft a defensive end who would remain with the team for more than a decade.
The Cowboys had picks in each round of the 1968 draft. The first four picks in 1968 were less than impressive, but the Cowboys more than made up those selections.
|1||Dennis Homan||WR||Alabama||Dallas, 1968-1970; Kansas
|2||Dave McDaniels||WR||Miss. Valley State||Dallas, 1968|
|3||Ed Harmon||LB||Louisville||Cincinnati, 1969|
|4||John Douglas||LB||Missouri||New York Giants, 1970-1973|
|5||Blaine Nye||G||Stanford||Dallas, 1968-1976|
|6||D.D. Lewis||LB||Mississippi State||Dallas, 1968-1981|
|8||Frank Brown||DT||Albany State||n/a|
|12||Wilson Whitty||LB||Boston University||n/a|
|14||Ron Williams||DB||West Virginia||n/a|
|16||Larry Cole||DE||Hawaii||Dallas, 1968-1980|
First-round pick Dennis Homan did not have much of an NFL career, catching a total of 37 passes in five seasons. Homan caught a touchdown pass in his very first NFL game in 1968 but then never caught a touchdown pass with the Cowboys again. He had much better luck with Birmingham franchises of the World Football League.
Blaine Nye, D.D. Lewis, and Larry Cole were outstanding picks, putting in a combined 36 seasons with the Cowboys.
Grade the 1968 Draft
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My Grade: B+
Although the Cowboys missed on their first four picks, the team picked up a starting offensive lineman along with two key role players on defense. I did not give this draft a grade in the A range because there were so many misses– ten players never played a down in the NFL.