Just thought I'd do an analysis of where our 53 players come from. Note: These are players on our roster as of the first official day of the NFL season (Thursday night).
41 of our 53 Cowboys are original Cowboys…they have never been befouled by playing for another franchise. 12 came to the Cowboys as free agents (and the other 12 are fortunate to have the honor to play for our Cowboys). I like that so many of our players are steeped in the Cowboys way.
13 of our players (24.5%) were brought into the organization by Jason Garrett, another 13 players are holdovers from the Parcells area, and 37 (51 percent) were brought into the organization by Wade Phillips, whether as draft picks, free agents, or undrafted free agents.
Cowboys by round:
1st Round – Nine Cowboys were selected in the first round.
3rd Round – Five Cowboys were selected in third round, although only three by the Cowboys (Dockery and Robinson were picked by other teams).
4th Round – Seven Cowboys were selected in the fourth round…James, Free, Choice, Arkin, Butler…Cowboys do well in the 4th round. (If only they did as well in the 2nd!)
5th Round – Four Cowboys were fifth round picks.
6th Round – Three Cowboys were sixth round picks.
7th Round – Six Cowboys were seventh round picks. (Although this is somewhat misleading because there are more picks in the 7th round than any other).
UDFA – Seventeen Cowboys (1/3rd) were undrafted free agents.
I’m not sure that having 33% of a team be comprised of undrafted free agents is unusual in the NFL, and to be sure the Cowboys have had some great finds in free agency…Romo, Austin, etc. But what is truly an indictment of our personnel department is that we only have five players on our roster who were drafted by the Cowboys in the second and third rounds combined…that’s just stunning, and I’m afraid speaks to the overall talent level on this team.
Cowboys by conference:
Big 12 – 9 Cowboys
Pac 10 – 7 Cowboys
SEC – 7 Cowboys
ACC – 6 Cowboys
Big 10 – 5 Cowboys
MAC – 4 Cowboys
Big East – 2 Cowboys
Conference USA – 2 Cowboys
Missouri Valley – 2 Cowboys
Sun Belt – 2 Cowboys
SWAC – 2 Cowboys
WAC – 2 Cowboys
1 Each - Colonial Athletic, Great Northwest, Northeast, Ohio Valley
Not surprisingly, the most Cowboys come from the Big 12. It shows you the poor quality of the Big East that the Cowboys have more players from the MAC. No more than any two Cowboys are from one university.Toledo, Texas A&M, LSU, Illinois, North Carolina, and Virginia have two players each.
No Cowboys went to Georgia, Florida, or Nebraska.
Trivia question: More Cowboys have been drafted from what school than any other in Cowboys history? (Answer at bottom).
|First Name||Last Name||Original Cowboy||Brought Into Org By||Round Selected||Conference|
Trivia Answer: Tennessee