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Dallas Cowboys “War Stories” Provides Inside Look at Draft History

The Dallas latest Deep Blue documentary premiered last night, and took fans behind the scenes for some of the biggest draft decisions in team . Interviews with team personnel, media members, and former players gave insight into how champions like and Emmitt Smith got the call from .

The show started on an interesting note, as it covered ’s influence in bringing Michigan State to Dallas in the of the 1998 draft. Adams’ five-time career with the Cowboys at reassured the Cowboys that looking past some medical concerns was the right choice. That 38th overall pick was the highest the team used on an offensive linemen until 2011 – the first year Jim’s son took over as head coach of the Cowboys.

The Cowboys drafted in the first round that year, and two years later added before drafting over in 2014. The true story on how the Cowboys decided on Martin over the Heisman trophy winner from Texas A&M has reached fairy tale status around Dallas, but War Stories did it’s best to clear things up.

While none of the Cowboys or wanted to slight Jerry Jones, who remained interested in Manziel until the waning seconds of the draft clock, the consensus pick was Martin. called in the pick with Jerry sitting next to him, and though he had to hear some grief for it it’s been clear from the minute Martin took the field that the Cowboys made the right pick.

Dallas Cowboys "War Stories" Provides Inside Look at Draft History
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The debate between Rashard Mendenhall and Felix Jones in 2008 was another topic covered, with the team deciding that Jones would compliment their every down back in better at the time. Jones ability to return kicks was also a selling point for the Cowboys to bring in an Arkansas Razorback – something that’s since been blown out of proportion when it comes to Jones favoring players from his alma mater.

Cowboys radio announcer Brad Sham weighed in as a team historian throughout the show, calling the “best draft pick in team history”. War Stories even ventured into undrafted free agency to briefly tell the story of how Sean Payton and worked to sign away from and the Denver Broncos.

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As for how War Stories relates to the 2021 Cowboys, the conclusion focused on the team’s down from tenth overall to twelfth for rookie linebacker . Being wiped out at CB and knowing Alabama WR Devonta Smith would end up in the regardless, the Cowboys traded down with the Eagles and still landed their top graded defender.

After the draft, it came out that HC was not apart of the Cowboys virtual pre-draft meeting with Parsons. However, he was shown next to Jerry in the war room agreeing with the decision to take the Penn State prospect over Northwestern OT Rashawn Slater.

Parsons has lived up to the billing so far in and the preseason, handling everything new DC Dan Quinn has thrown at him.

War Stories was the third episode of season seven for the Dallas Cowboys Deep Blue series. Watch previous episodes on the team website here.

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Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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  1. We lucked out getting Parsons. If one of those two top CBs were there, they would be a Cowboy now and Parsons would be elsewhere. IMO, much better to have the second level playmaker than a CB considering our BAD run defense last year. I could not understand their pre draft logic from jump. Our pass defense was not good last year, but certainly better than our putrid run D.

    Single best draft pick of all time, hard to say, but off the top of my head, Lilly, Roger, Allen, Emmitt, Dorsett, R White maybe in that order.

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