’69 Cowboys Add New Weapon from Yale
When anyone mentions the innovative drafting methods of former head scout Gil Brandt, the draft pick that is often mentioned first is the selection of running back Calvin Hill. Hill’s selection was the result of computer calculations, but those calculations offered little condolence to ticked off Cowboys fans. The fans’ beef? Hill attended Yale, which wasn’t exactly known for its football.
Hill’s selection paid off immediately. Hill was named AP Rookie of the Year in 1969 after rushing for 942 yards and eight touchdowns. A big, bruising back, he was a great replacement for Don Perkins.
If Dallas fans should have been incensed about anything, it was the rest of the 1969 draft. Of 17 picks, 10 never played in the NFL. Another of the picks, Bob Belden, never played a down with the Cowboys. None of the other five lasted longer than three years in Dallas.
|1||Calvin Hill||RB||Yale||Dallas, 1969-1974;
Washington, 1976-1977; Cleveland, 1978-1981.
|2||Richmond Flowers||WR||Tennessee||Dallas, 1969-1971; New York
|3||Thomas Stincic||LB||Michigan||Dallas, 1969-1971; New
|3||Halvor Hagan||G||Weber State||Halvor Hagen, 1969-1970.
New England, 1971-1972; Buffalo, 1973-1975.
|6||Rick Shaw||FL||Arizona State|
|7||Larry Bales||FL||Emory & Henry|
|9||Claxton Welch||RB||Oregon||Dallas, 1969-1970, 1971;
New Orleans, 1970; New England, 1973.
|10||Stuart Gottlieb||T||Weber State|
|11||Sweeny Williams||DE||Prairie View||Green Bay, 1970-1977.|
|12||Bob Belden||QB||Notre Dame||Dallas, 1969-1970|
|13||Rene Matison||FL||New Mexico|
|14||Gerald Lutri||T||Northern Michigan|
|16||Floyd Kerr||DB||Colorado State|
|17||Bill Bailey||DT||Lewis & Clark|
Grade the 1969 Draft
Grade the 1969 draft for the Dallas Cowboys by using the form below or by visiting Zoho Polls.
My grade: C-. Hill was a great pick, but an injury caused him to lose his starting position a year later to a new rookie named Duane Thomas. Although Hill eventually became the first back to reach 1,000 yards in a season, his career as a whole in Dallas was not what it could have been.
The others were hardly worth mentioning. Richmond Flowers was the son of former Alabama Attorney General Richmond Flowers, Sr., who was convicted in 1969 of extortion before being pardoned by President Jimmy Carter. ESPN ran a piece on Flowers, Jr.– the “Fastest White Boy Alive” Richmond Flowers III was a receiver who tried out with the Cowboys in 2002.