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Cowboys Need Some 5th-Round Picks to Finally Work Out

Quick, name the last impact player that the Cowboys got from the 5th Round of the . Did you think of one? How far back did you have to go? No matter your answer, I'm sure it illustrates the reality that Dallas hasn't had a win from the 5th Round of any draft class in a long time. With four rookies coming from that round in 2022, hopefully the team's fortunes are about to change.

You have to back to 2008 and CB for a clear win from a 5th-Round pick. Scandrick quickly emerged as a key roleplayer on and started from 2013-2017. He was a major contributor for three of Dallas' best modern-era seasons in 2009, 2014, and 2016.

Has anyone since Scandrick even been remotely successful?  You tell me.

Rough stuff; barely any of these guys made a dent in Dallas. Some didn't even make the team as rookies, and only a few of the discards (Josh Thomas, Mike White) made any noise elsewhere in the NFL.

Joseph Randle might've been something if he wasn't a looney toon. The talent was there, but unfortunately personal issues galore cut his career short.

But clearly, the Cowboys have gotten back next to nothing from their 5th-round picks over the last 13 years. The jury is still out on Simi Fehoko, of course, but the receiver only dressed for five games and had zero targets, catches, or anything else in those appearances.

Almost as if they're actively trying to break the curse, Dallas selected four players in the 5th Round of the . That's four opportunities to hopefully get their first win from that round since Scandrick.

OT , CB , LB , and DT are the latest contenders in this endeavor. Some have more opportunity than others to make an immediate impact, but all could eventually find their way into meaningful roles.

Waletzko has the best opportunity of the bunch. Right now he and are in a two-man race to be the swing for 2022. If Dallas doesn't add a veteran OT before camp then many feel it's Waletzko's job to lose, with Ball being seen more as a only.

Ridgeway probably has the next-best opportunity with the Cowboys needing some help up front on defense. Nobody currently has a claim on the position and being a pure run stuffer, and Ridgeway fits that bill both in size and attitude.

Clark is the most talented player of the pack but will likely spend most, if not all, of his rookie season rehabbing from neck surgery. If he is able to come back all the way and play up to his potential, Damone could very well be a starting LB for Dallas in years to come. He might've been a 2nd-Round pick last April if not for the medical issue.

Bland fits the physical mold that the Cowboys now like in corners; 6'2″ and 200 lbs. He will struggle to contribute early with so many bodies at CB but in the next few years, with and both likely moving on soon, there will soon be more wiggle room on the .

Just getting a steady, reliable backup out of any of these players would be a successful outcome from the 5th Round. Getting a guy like Orlando Scandrick, arguably Dallas' best some seasons, would be a major win.

Unfortunately the Cowboys have gotten neither from the 5th Round for a long time. They've greatly improved the this year with four possibilities. Hopefully one of these rookies comes through and helps breaks the cycle.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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Ever Bogarin

If they would’ve given more playing time to Bradlee Anae I believe he would’ve been a great player. Let’s see if the give Semi Fehoko and opportunity as well because they’re just waisting these young kids talents just being on the sidelines. I mean why draft them and say they have the size and the right tools for what they are looking for to help in the rotation and not used them. IMO I truly believe Anae was doing good until made a costly mistake and he’s on the bench! Shoot in that case Lawrence, Smith, Gregory, Collins, Zeke, Dak, etc… Should all be on the bench they’ve made lots of costly mistakes that have cost the Cowboys games not to mention the kicker last year


Considering the production Dan Quinn was able to get out of the rest of the defense, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt on Anae. Quinn spent a lot of time working 1-on-1 with the DL last year. He’s got Robert Saleh working with him now. If he doesn’t improve greatly, I’d say he is who he is. That’s two of the best Defensive coaches currently in the NFL.

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