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Cowboys Top 10 Biggest Draft Busts Of The Jerry Jones Era: #3

Our continuing series looking at the Top 10 Biggest Draft Busts Of The Jerry Jones Era rolls on with #3. The guidelines - Must have been drafted during Jerry Jones' era (1989 - present), needs to be a player chosen in the 1st or 2nd round. Anybody below that is excused for sucking. It's not a list of the worst players, but a list of the worst value to the team, based on lack of contributions and when they were drafted. Also, certain intangibles can be thrown into the mix.

3. David LaFleur (1997, 1st round, #22, TE, LSU)

I hate calling LaFleur a bust, but when you only get four seasons out of your 1st-round pick, and only one of those was of real note, then it has to be a bust. Injury is what sidelined LaFleur, not talent.

The guy could play, especially in the running game, where he was an effective blocker. As a receiver, he had a good year in 1999 when he caught 35 passes and 7 TDs. The problem was nagging injuries that kept him a wounded warrior through most of his career, especially a back injury that went all the way back to his college days. The Cowboys took a risk, the medical history was shaky, and they got burned. The back finally gave out and LaFleur was out of football for good after the 2000 season.


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