After watching the Seahawks trounce the Broncos with a young, talented, and aggressive team, I did a little research. Don't worry, there's no math, just a few numbers that are pretty much self-explanatory.
In the 4th round of the 2010 draft, The Cowboys took safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah at #126 overall. He never developed as a DB and is now trying to catch on as a WR on the Detroit Lions practice squad. The Cowboys could've had Superbowl star, monster safety Kam Chancellor, who was chosen seven picks later by Seattle in round 4 at #133.
In the 2012 draft, the Cowboys traded up from 14th to 6th, giving up a second round pick, 45th overall, to draft cornerback Morris Claiborne, who has been constantly hurt, and lost his starting job this year. If not a bust, he's certainly been a big disappointment so far in his NFL career. The player taken next at #7 was Tampa Bay's big hitting safety Mark Barron. The player taken at #14 was Rams DT Michael Brockers, and pick #45 turned out to be Bears WR Alshon Jeffery, who posted 89 receptions for 1,421 yards and 7 touchdowns in a breakout year this past season.
Wouldn't you have liked to have had Mark Baron and Kam Chancellor patrolling the secondary for the Cowboys instead of Claiborne and Wilcox, or perhaps Brockers and Moore in the defensive line with Jeffery lining up opposite Dez Bryant, in place of Miles Austin or Terrance Williams? Instead of getting younger, less expensive players through the draft, the Dallas Cowboys consistently miss on draft picks, and are forced to depend on, and overpay older, often injured players.
That's how a team goes 137-137 since 1998.