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Dallas Cowboys' 2009 Draft Just Keeps Getting Worse

Oct 15, 2010 – 10:00 PM
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J.J. Cooper

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When the Cowboys added reality show star Jesse Holley to the roster, they added another reminder that Jerry Jones still has some work to do on figuring out this whole NFL draft thing.

To make room for Holley, they waived 2009 third-rounder Robert Brewster. The offensive tackle had played in one game for Dallas. That comes three days after another 2009 draftee, Mike Hamlin, was waived.

Jones had already gutted the 2009 draft by trading a first and third-round pick to the Lions for wide receiver Roy Williams. But then he decided to double down on his lack of early picks by trading down multiple times. As a result, Jones' Cowboys owned the late rounds of the draft. Dallas had 12 picks, none of which was before the third round.

What did Jones' get for his draft haul? Third-round linebacker Jason Williams is a backup with six career tackles. Brewster, the other third-round pick, has been waived. Fourth-round quarterback Stephen McGee is the team's third quarterback -- he's never played in a regular season game. Fourth-round linebacker Victor Butler is a backup/special teams player with five tackles this year. Fourth-round linebacker Brandon Williams has yet to play in a regular season game (but he is on the 53-man roster).

Fifth-round defensive back DeAngelo Smith never made it out of training camp in 2009. Fifth-round safety Mike Hamlin was waived this week after making one career tackle. Fifth-round kicker David Buehler is good at kickoffs and so-so at field goals (6-for-9 this year).

Sixth-round linebacker Stephen Hodge is on the physically unable to perform list and has yet to play a down in the NFL. Sixth-round tight end John Phillips (shown in photo above) looks to be the best draftee of the class, but he's on the injured reserve list with a torn ACL. Seventh-rounder Mike Mickens was waived at the end of training camp in 2009 while seventh-round wide receiver Manuel Johnson is on the practice squad.

That's 12 picks. None of them are starters. Only five of them are on the active roster. Five of them have already been waived. Realistically, only Phillips looks to be a potential starter down the road. To put it another way, 2010 first-round pick Dez Bryant will likely ensure the 2010 draft is better all by himself.
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