2014 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys No. 16 Pick

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Posted Apr 3, 2014


The Dallas Cowboys will take...? Breaking it down and making the call.

2014 NFL Draft

Analyzing No. 16


By Pete Fiutak 
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- VOD COMING: Check out Fiu breaking down the No. 16 overall pick, and the rest of the first round.

Last Ten No. 16 Overall Picks
Did the pick work for the team
that drafted him
?

5 - Hall of Fame potential
4 - Star Starter
3 - Average Starter
2 - Backup and/or disappointing
1 - Total Bust

2013 QB EJ Manuel
Florida State (Buffalo)
Did It Work Rating: 2.5

2012 DE Quinton Coples
North Carolina (NY Jets)
Did It Work Rating: 2.5

2011 LB Ryan Kerrigan
Purdue (Washington)
Did It Work Rating: 3.5

2010 DE Derrick Morgan
Georgia Tech (Tennessee)
Did It Work Rating: 3

2009 LB Larry English
Northern Illinois (San Diego)
Did It Work Rating: 1.5

2008 DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
Tennessee State (Arizona)
Did It Work Rating: 3

2007 DT Justin Harrell
Tennessee (Green Bay)
Did It Work Rating: 1

2006 S Jason Allen
Tennessee (Miami)
Did It Work Rating: 1.5

2005 DT Travis Johnson
Florida State (Houston)
Did It Work Rating: 2

2004 OG Shawn Andrews
Arkansas (Philadelphia)
Did It Work Rating: 3

Dallas Cowboys
(scroll down for the last ten Dallas first round picks and how they worked out.)

Dallas, good luck making something happen with this pick – few else have been able to do it.

Pittsburgh came up with a Hall of Famer in Troy Polamalu with the 16th pick of the 2003 NFL Draft, Julian Peterson was terrific for San Francisco with this pick in the 2000 Draft, and Washington's Ryan Kerrigan and Tennessee's Derrick Morgan look like good picks in 2011 and 2010, respectively, but for the most part, this is a wasteland of misfires.

In 1998, Tennessee took Kevin Dyson here, who's top career distinction – bigger than both a miracle and coming a yard short – was that he was taken over Randy Moss. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was a decent pick for Arizona in 2008, but he didn't stay around long, and Santana Moss has put together a fabulous career – for Washington, not the New York Jets.

The 16th pick was where Seattle took Dan McGwire in 1991, Miami took Eric Kumerow in 1988 and Cleveland took William Green in 2002. It was where San Diego whiffed on Larry English in 2009, and Green Bay struck out with Justin Harrell in 2007.

But in 1985, San Francisco selected Jerry Rice.

The Cowboys should be in the perfect spot at the perfect time, needing help along the defensive front as well as the secondary. While this might be a wee bit early for a pure pass rusher to be the next DeMarcus Ware, one of the top tackles or safeties should slip right into Jerry's hands.

With the right pick here – and a good overall draft class that can help immediately – all of a sudden, Dallas might finally take that next step forward.

And then Tony Romo will throw an ill-timed interception. But this draft class could help out the D enough to clean up the mess.

Dallas Needs A …

Defensive End – It's asking way, way too much to get another Ware, and while the Cowboys have bodies, they don't have many good ones. They tried to get some help from the free agency market in Jeremy Mincey, but at some point in the draft, they need to load up with speed rushers. Unfortunately, this is a wee bit early for some of the better options in the first round, but it's possible for UCLA's Anthony Barr to slip.
Realistic Option: Trade down and take Dee Ford, Auburn

Defensive Tackle – It's not nearly the massive problem it was before free agency, but Henry Melton is coming off a major injury and Terrell McClain isn't the long-term answer. There are plenty of tackle options to shoot for in the first round, but it depends on what Jerry is looking for. If he wants big, he can trade down for Louis Nix or Ra'Shede Hagemen, or he can stand pat and hope for Pitt's Aaron Donald or Florida State's Timmy Jernigan to fall here.
Realistic Option: Timmy Jernigan, Florida State or Aaron Donald, Pitt

Safety – It's not nearly the problem that the line is, but the secondary needs more options at safety. There's almost no chance for Calvin Pryor or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to fall this far, but if either one does, it might be an easy pick.
Realistic Option: Wait until after the first round and hope for Jimmie Ward out of Northern Illinois to fall.

The Pick Will Be …

DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State - He fits. However, if Chicago chooses to go with a safety at the 14, or if it takes Jernigan, Aaron Donald would also slip into the Dallas starting lineup right away. The Cowboys need a little bit more bulk than Donald, and Jernigan would provide it as a true anchor who can also get into the backfield. He's exactly what Dallas needs, and Jerry would be ecstatic to get him.


Dallas' Last Ten First Round Picks
Did the pick work for the team that drafted him?

5 - Hall of Fame potential
4 - Star Starter
3 - Average Starter
2 - Backup and/or disappointing
1 - Total Bust

2013 C Travis Frederick, Wisconsin (31st overall)
Did It Work Rating: 3

2012 CB Morris Claiborne, LSU (6th overall)
Did It Work Rating: 3

2011 OT Tyron Smith, USC (9th overall)
Did It Work Rating: 4

2010 WR Dez Bryant, (24th overall)
Did It Work Rating: 4.5

2009 NO PICK

2008 RB Felix Jones, Arkansas (22nd overall)
Did It Work Rating: 2.5

2008 CB Mike Jenkins, South Florida (25th overall)
Did It Work Rating: 3


2007 DE Anthony Spencer, Purdue (26th overall)
Did It Work Rating: 3.5

2006 LB Bobby Carpenter, Ohio State (18th overall)
Did It Work Rating: 1.5

2005 DE Demarcus Ware, Troy (11th overall)
Did It Work Rating: 5

2005 DE Marcus Spears, LSU (20th overall)
Did It Work Rating: 3