2008 Draft Class Isn’t Living Up to the Hype

After two underwhelming drafts in 2006 and 2007, the team needed a solid draft in 2008 to help give the team a boost for what was supposed to be a Super Bowl run. That Super Bowl run never happened, of course, and now that 2008 draft isn’t looking very strong.

The 2008 draft marked the second time in four years that Dallas had two first-round picks. In 2005, the team had one of its strongest drafts in year, picking up the likes of DeMarcus Ware, Marion Barber, Jay Ratfliff, and Marcus Spears.

Dallas went with both offense and defense in the first round of the 2008 draft, picking RB Felix Jones (#22 overall) and cornerback Mike Jenkins (#25). The Cowboys took a chance on talented tight end Martellus Bennett in the second round and then snagged running back Tashard Choice in the fourth. DB Orlando Scandrick and DE Erik Walden were the final two picks.

Jones and Jenkins have shown flashes during their time here, as Jenkins has been a starter since 2009 and Jones took over the lead running back duties this year. However, neither has turned the corner to become a great player. Jenkins has talent, but he is nothing close to a shutdown corner, while Jones hasn’t proven that his body can handled the pounding associated with 20 touches a game.

Bennett has turned out to be a notorious underachiever. Scandrick is a good nickel corner, but he hasn’t been the key playmaker that some said he would be coming from Boise State.¬†Walden had bounced around a bit, playing for four teams. He is now a starter in Green Bay.

Choice looked at times like he could become a feature back, but he made too many mistakes in the last couple of seasons. He had one very good performance in 2010 (100 rushing yards vs. Indianapolis), but he otherwise has not looked like the player we thought he might be when he rushed for 472 yards with a 5.1 average as a rookie in 2008.

Dallas decided to cut ties with Choice today, ending his time with the team after less than four seasons. Some speculated that the team might also release Bennett, but that may not come until later.

So what looked like a solid draft now doesn’t look quite as good. And if DeMarco Murray ends up taking the reins from Jones, and if Jenkins continues to decline, the 2008 draft class as a whole might be considered nothing more than disappointing.

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