1993 Review: Jimmy Johnson Runs His Final Draft for the Cowboys
Between 1977 and 1992, the NFL Draft consisted of 12 rounds. In 1993, the league reduced the number to eight rounds.
With the Cowboys holding the final pick in the first round, Dallas pulled off a trade with the Packers. Dallas exchanged its first- and fourth-round picks for two second-round picks, a fourth-round pick, and an eighth-round pick.
With those two second rounders, Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones focused on two players from the University of Miami: wide receiver Kevin Williams and linebacker Darrin Smith. Williams replaced Kelvin Martin as the team’s slot receiver and punt returner, while Smith’s speed helped him to develop into a starter during his rookie season in 1993.
Dallas found some quality players in the later rounds, including safety Brock Marion. However, most of these players had better success with other teams later in their careers. Here is the complete draft for the Cowboys:
2(46) Kevin Williams, WR, Miami
2(54) Darrin Smith, LB, Miami
3(84) Mike Middleton, DB, Indiana
4(94) Derrick Lassic, RB, Alabama
4(96) Ron Stone, G, Boston College
6(168) Barry Minter, LB, Tulsa
7(196) Brock Marion, DB, Nevada-Reno
8(203) Dave Thomas, DB, Tenneseee
8(213) Reggie Givens, LB, Penn State
Lassic replaced Emmitt Smith to begin the 1993 season, which turned out to be Lassic’s only NFL season. Marion became a starter with the Cowboys before becoming a Pro Bowl player in Miami. Dave Thomas became a starter with Jacksonville, while Ron Stone became a Pro Bowl player with the Giants and 49ers. Minter never played for the Cowboys but became a starter for the Bears.
Given that the Cowboys had so much talent already, this was a good draft. Williams had several good moments, and Smith was a solid starter for four years in Dallas.
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