Historic Draft: 1968

Grade: C-

I’m nearing the end of the first decade of Cowboys drafts, which fortunately means that we are getting closer to that 1975 draft. The focus of today– the 1968 draft– was nothing close, yielding a total of three starters and 12 picks for guys who never played a down for the Cowboys. The three starters were solid, and I think that this sort of draft is about equal to one that produces one hall-of-famer and nobody else (see 1967 draft story). Just my opinion.

Dennis HomanDallas used its top pick on receiver Dennis Homan of Alabama. He played three years for Dallas, hauling in a total of 23 passes for 437 yards and one touchdown. After spending the next two seasons in Kansas City, Homan became something of a celebrity in the World Football League, where he played for the Birmingham teams (as I just learned, Birmingham was the Americans in 1974 before becoming the Vulcans in 1975). I’ll save the rest for a Most Obscure Player entry…

The Cowboys also took a receiver with their second pick. Dave McDaniels of Mississippi Valley State never caught a pass for the Cowboys and was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles before the 1969 season. He was apparently considered one of Gil Brandt’s mistakes.

Three others from the 1968 draft were solid contributors for the Cowboys for several years to come.

–Guard Blaine Nye (5th round) was a two-time Pro Bowler who played with Dallas until 1976.
–Linebacker D.D. Lewis (6th round) played for Dallas until 1981 (taking a year off in 1969 to serve in the military). He backed up Chuck Howley for four seasons before taking over as a starter. He later served as the defensive captain.
— Defensive end Larry Cole played from 1968 through 1980.

1 (20, 20) – Dennis Homan, Alabama
2 (18, 45) – Dave McDaniels, Mississippi Valley State
3 (16, 71) – Ed Harmon, Louisville
4 (14, 97) – John Doughlas, Missouri
5 (19, 130) – Blaine Nye, Stanford
6 (21, 159) – D.D. Lewis, Mississippi State
7 (20, 185) – Bob Taucher, Nebraska
8 (19, 211) – Frank Brown, Albany State
9 (22, 241) – Ken Kmiec, Illinois
10 (20, 266) – Ben Olison, Kansas
11 (19, 292) – Ron Shotts, Oklahoma
12 (21, 321) – Wilson Whitty, Boston University
13 (20, 347) – Carter Lord, Harvard
14 (19, 373) – Ron Williams, West Virginia
15 (21, 402) – Tony Lunceford, Auburn
16 (20, 428) – Larry Cole, Hawaii
17 (19, 454) – George Nordgren, Houston


Not sure if this has been widely viewed, but here is a video of magician David Blaine performing a card trick in the Cowboys locker room.

Trivia: Quarterbacks of the 1960s

Don MeredithHere are some trivia questions focusing on Dallas quarterbacks of the 1960s

1. In which two sports did Don Meredith star in high school in Mount Vernon, Texas?

2. Which college did Eddie LaBaron attend before being drafted in the 10th round of the 1950 draft by the Washington Redskins?

3. What career had LaBaron planned to enter after retiring from the Redskins in 1959 (obviously before joining the Cowboys for the 1960 season)?

4. Which quarterback started the first win in franchise history, a 27-24 triumph over Pittsburgh in the opening week of the 1961 season?

5. True or False: Until Dallas had its first .500 season in 1965, neither Don Meredith nor Eddie LeBaron ever threw more touchdown passes than interceptions in a season.

6. How was Don Meredith injured during training camp in 1965, which hindered his performance for much of the season?

7. After a 24-17 loss to Cleveland in 1965, Dallas Morning News writer Gary Cartwright wrote the following. Fill in the last word:

Outlined against a grey November sky, the Four Horsemen rode again Sunday.

You know them: Pestilence, death, famine and __________.

8. In the 1966 NFL Championship Game, with the Cowboys trailing 34-20, who did Meredith hit for a 68-yard touchdown pass to pull within seven points?

9. True or False: Don Meredith’s last pass in the NFL was a pass that was intercepted by Cleveland’s Ben Davis in the second half of the Cowboys’ 31-20 loss to the Browns in the 1968 NFL playoffs.

10. True or False: Craig Morton threw for more yards in his first season as starter in 1969 than in any season that he played for the Cowboys.

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