Ranking the Cowboys' Worst Draft Picks of the Last Decade

The Cowboys haven't been good on Day 2
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4. Nahshon Wright, CB (2021)

After taking Kelvin Joseph out of Kentucky at No. 44, the Cowboys decided to double up on cornerbacks on Day 2 (they added Israel Mukuamu in the sixth who was listed as a cornerback as well but they moved him to safety). With the 99th pick, in Round 3, Dallas added Nahshon Wright from Oregon State.

Wright was an intriguing pick due to his size. He measured 6-foot-4 and while he needed to add weight to his 183-pound frame to succeed in the NFL, he gave them incredible length — which defensive coordinator Dan Quinn looks for in his corners. The problem was that this was seen as a major reach.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com praised Wright for improving in 2020 — following a frustrating 2019 season with the Beavers — but still didn’t have him as a top-100 pick. Instead, he said Wright was at best a seventh-rounder.

Dallas didn’t agree but after three years, it seems Zierlein was correct. Wright has appeared in 32 games but has 611 snaps on special teams and just 269 on defense. This past season, he appeared in just seven percent of the defensive snaps and might not be guaranteed a spot in 2024.