5 Players In Super Bowl XLVIII Who Could Have Played For Dallas Cowboys
5 Players Dallas Cowboys Missed Out On
Every NFL fan knows that one of the biggest problems with the Dallas Cowboys is their repeated failure when it comes to the NFL Draft. It’s the biggest reason Dallas has been a mediocre franchise since 1997. Over the past 17 years they have drafted many players who have been busts. Players like Sherman Williams, Jacob Rogers, James Marten, Dwayne Goodrich, Kareem Larrimore, Mario Edwards and Tony Dixon all fall into this category.
Those names do not even include the most horrendous draft of all which happened in 2009 where Dallas took players like Jason Williams, Stephen Hodge and Robert Brewster along with nine other players, none of whom are still with the team. Those names are just a few of the many misses that Jerry Jones has had in the NFL draft. Now every NFL team has had some misses in the draft. Even the best organizations have their share of busts, but Dallas has had more than the average team.
The Cowboys' goal -- just like every other NFL team -- is to reach the Super Bowl, and one of the biggest keys to getting to the Super Bowl is having good drafts. If you need proof then look no further than the two participants in this years Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.
Sometimes when looking back at past drafts the worst part is not who you took, but it is who you could have taken. Everyone loves to look back and analyze with hindsight, so with that said let's take a look at five players who will be playing in the Super Bowl that could have easily been Cowboys if things had turned out just a bit differently. I’m not saying that these players would solve every problem Dallas has, but having a guy or two off this list couldn’t hurt.
5. Kam Chancellor
One weakness the Cowboys have had for many years is at the safety position. In the fourth round of the 2010 draft Dallas selected safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah with the No. 126 pick overall. Ansah spent two seasons in Dallas where he played in ten games and made three tackles with no interceptions. Seven picks later in the 2010 draft the Seattle Seahawks selected safety Kam Chancellor. In four seasons Chancellor has 320 tackles and seven interceptions.
4. Danny Trevathan
In the 2012 draft Dallas used their sixth round pick, No. 186 overall, on James Hanna. In two seasons Hanna has 20 catches for 159 yards and no touchdowns. Two picks after Dallas selected Hanna, the Denver Broncos selected linebacker Danny Trevathan. All Trevathan did this past season was lead Denver in tackles with 128.
3. Bobby Wagner
In the 2012 draft Dallas traded up in round one so that they could take cornerback Morris Claiborne. In trading up they also gave up their second-round draft pick which would have been No. 45 overall. If Dallas had stayed where they were in the draft in round one they still could have selected cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick who has more interceptions in fewer games played than Claiborne. If Dallas had gone that route they would have kept their No. 45 overall pick and could have selected Bobby Wagner who ended up being picked by Seattle just two picks later. Wagner led Seattle with 120 tackles this season.
2. Julius Thomas
The Dallas Cowboys have a Hall of Fame tight end in Jason Witten, yet they have still used multiple picks trying to find the complementary tight end to play alongside him. In the fourth-round of the 2011 draft the Cowboys didn’t use their pick on a tight end, but maybe they should have. With pick No. 110 overall Dallas selected offensive lineman David Arkin. Arkin never started a game for the Cowboys. With pick No. 129 overall Denver selected tight end Julius Thomas who caught 65 passes and 12 touchdowns this season.
1. Richard Sherman
Richard Sherman has been in the headlines lately for his controversial comments after the NFC Championship game. Whatever you feel about what he said nobody can deny how good he is on the field. In the 2011 draft Seattle selected Sherman in the fifth-round No. 154 overall. Eleven picks earlier Dallas selected cornerback Josh Thomas. Thomas never played in a game with the Cowboys; meanwhile in three seasons Richard Sherman has 20 interceptions. To put that into perspective in the same time span all of Dallas’ cornerbacks have 17 interceptions combined.