In 2009, the Dallas Cowboys had a huge chance to dramatically improve their roster through the 2009 NFL Draft. They tied for the most selections with the New England Patriots at 12 but then came out in the draft and laid a horrible egg.
The Cowboys didn't get their first pick until the third round, but that should not have affected the draft. Dallas has always done well with late draft picks. 2009 is the exception and was a horrible draft from top to bottom. Their first two picks are gone and their third is a third string quarterback they are looking to phase out.
Looking down the list of players, only two of the 13 are still on the team and both are reserves. Victor Butler is a backup defensive end and John Phillips is the blocking tight end. I have to go with John Phillips here because he is the only one of the two that actually matters when it comes to the play on the field.
With Martellus Bennett gone, Phillips finally gets the chance to move into the No. 2 role at tight end behind Jason Witten but he remains the go-to man when Dallas lines up in two tight end sets as the main blocking tight end. Phillips, who went to college at Virginia, was a sixth round pick for the Cowboys.
Coming out of college, he ranked as nothing more than a blocking tight end but there is nothing wrong with that. All teams need someone that can help open holes for the runners on the outside and block for the quarterback and he is one of the best. At 6-5, 251 pounds, there are not many players that will push him around on the outside.
The fact that a blocking tight end is the prize in an NFL Draft for a team is troublesome. To show the missed opportunities, after Dallas took their first two picks, neither of which are still with the team, the following player was drafted: Pittsburgh Steelers' wide receiver Mike Wallace.
The 2009 NFL Draft is one better left forgotten.
Author Shawn S. Lealos has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma (2000) and has been a Dallas Cowboys' fan since he was a child. His favorite players range from Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett to the Triplets of the 90s and he enjoys talking about all Cowboys' related news, good or bad
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