2002 Review: Cowboys Finally Add Talent, but With a Couple of Troubled Players
The Cowboys endured two 5-11 seasons in 2000 and 2001, and the team had not selected a first-round pick since taking Ebenezer Ekuban in 1999. The team was desperate to add some talent, but the 2002 draft was a good start.
Even before the draft, the Cowboys improved when they signed Pro Bowl defensive tackle La’Roi Glover from New Orleans. Glover had recorded 17 sacks in 2000. He was a significant upgrade over Michael Myers, to say the least.
The Cowboys also focused on defense with the #8 pick in the draft, taking Oklahoma’s Roy Williams. Dallas had visions of Williams leaping over the line to make a sack, sort of like this video:
The Cowboys also found an offensive lineman in Colorado’s Andre Gurode, who evolved into a Pro Bowl player.
The rest of the draft:
1(8) Roy Williams, S, Oklahoma
2(37) Andre Gurode, G/C, Colorado
2(63) Antonio Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh
3(75) Derek Ross, DB, Ohio State
4(129) Jamar Martin, FB, Ohio State
5(168) Pete Hunter, DB, Virginia Union
6(179) Tyson Walter, C, Ohio State
6(208) DeVeren Johnson, WR, Sacred Heart
6(211) Bob Slowikowski, TE, Virginia Tech
Had Bryant and Ross lasted with the Cowboys, this may have ranked up with the greatest drafts in team history. Both became starters as rookies, but both were also released midway through a season. In Ross’ case, he was gone during his second year in 2002. Bryant was gone after five games in 2004.
Martin became a contributor on special teams, but he was gone after the 2003 season. Hunter and Walter also saw quite a bit of action as backups.