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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
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.
The Dallas Cowboys used to be a team filled with great nicknames—Doomsday Defense, Too Tall, the Manster, Hollywood, and so on.
(The Tony Romo nicknames never quite caught on, at least not in a good way.)
Well, the Cowboys took a player with a great nickname of Taco. Plenty of people wanted Dallas to take T.J. Watt (who ended up going to Pittsburgh), but others are happy the Cowboys have Taco Charlton.
Here are a few trivial matters about the pick:
- Dallas has not taken a player from Michigan since selecting running back Tony Boles in the 11th round in 1991. And Boles never played a down of football in the NFL.
- The only player from Michigan ever selected by the Cowboys in the first round was defensive tackle Kevin Brooks in 1985. Brooks spent three years as a starter but never really developed into a quality player along the defensive line.
- The first player ever taken from Michigan by the Cowboys was a running back named Ken Tureaud in 1962 (8th round). Like Boles, Tureaud never played in the NFL.
- The last time the Cowboys took a defensive end in the first round was 2007 when the selected Anthony Spencer from Purdue. Of course, the Cowboys played in the 3-4 at the time and converted Spencer to an outside linebacker.
- The last time the Cowboys took a defensive end to fit a 4-3 scheme was 1999 when Dallas selected Ebenezer Ekuban. One year earlier, Dallas had taken Greg Ellis.
Anyway, some highlights featuring Charlton: