The Dallas Cowboys’ first-round pick in inevitably someone they think can help the team win immediately. The second-round pick, however, needs to be the most important pick.
Over the last few drafts, the Cowboys haven’t made a productive pick in the second round. In 2008 the Cowboys wasted their pick on an athletic Martellus Bennet who didn’t show well for Dallas. Bennet, a tight end from Texas A&M never caught more than 33 passes in a season and never scored more than 4 touchdowns. He then went on to the New York Giants after the 2011 season and had career highs in receptions (55) yards (626) and touchdowns (5).
In the offseason, Bennett signed a four-year contract with the Chicago Bears.
In 2009, Dallas didn’t traded their second-round pick to the Buffalo Bills. 2010 was the rare exception to this trend when the Cowboys drafted surprisingly efficient Sean Lee out of Penn State.
Bruce Carter was drafted in the second round in 2011 out of North Carolina. Carter had a breakout 2012 season, but with the acquisition of defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, Carter may struggle in the 4-3 system. He played mostly as an outside linebacker in college, but at 6’3″ 240 lbs., he may be too bulky to handle athletic slot receivers and tight ends.
The Cowboys were then absent from drafting a second-round pick in 2012. Dallas needs to focus on key areas to build a championship caliber team. Unfortunately the key to drafting a lot of key players, is drafting a lot.
Dallas only has six picks in Thursday’s NFL Draft, while the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers are loaded with 13.
The 49ers built their team through the draft. For some reason, Jerry Jones and Co. continue to try and build through free agency. This year, they don’t have the money. They must draft well and build from within.