Five Things to Know About the 2017 NFL Draft for the Cowboys

I found five things about the 2017 draft class worth noting, but before presenting those five things, we cannot get enough of Drew Pearson:

Anyway, here are the five things:

(1) Before 2017, the Cowboys had drafted only eight players from Colorado. They took two–CB Chidobe Awuzie and DT Jordan Carrell–in 2017. Three of the previous players drafted from

Dallas took Chidobe Awuzie in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Colorado never played in the NFL. The only starter was Andre Gurode, a 2002 pick who became a Pro Bowl center.

(2) The Cowboys took four defensive backs with eight picks. The last time Dallas took as many as four defensive backs in one draft was 2009, when the Cowboys took DeAngelo Smith, Michael Hamlin, Stephen Hodge, and Mike Mickens. Those four combined to play nine games for the Cowboys.

(3) The last defensive back drafted by the Cowboys to make a Pro Bowl was Mike Jenkins in 2009.

(4) Xavier Woods is the first player from Louisiana Tech to be drafted by Dallas. The school has had 85 players in the NFL; the only one to play in Dallas was kicker Chris Boniol.

(5) A total of 229 players have been drafted from North Carolina, but only 12 of them before 2017 were wide receivers. Add 4th round pick Ryan Switzer to the mix. The best-known of the North Carolina receivers has been Hakeem Nicks, who has played for the Giants and Colts.

  • Not that its relevant to anything, but Cowboy nemesis Terry Bradshaw went to Louisiana Tech.

  • I thought surely there was more than one Cowboy from Louisiana Tech, but Boniol was the only one I saw.