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    Have the Dallas Cowboys Overcome Their 2nd-Round Curse?

    You may not be aware or maybe you've simply forgotten, but the have struggled drafting players in the 2nd-round who can come in and contribute. Typically players drafted this highly are not only immediate contributors as a rookie, but are cornerstone players for years to come. That hasn't been the case for the Cowboys.

    I don't know where you stand, but I was beginning to think the Dallas Cowboys were cursed with their 2nd-round draft picks. I know this was an area where they would gamble on players for some reason or another, but unfortunately it never really paid off. Hopefully, things are changing for the better.

    Let's take a look back at past drafts to see what I'm talking about.

    Past 2nd-Round Draft Picks Dating Back to 2006:

    2018
    2017
    2016
    2015
    2014
    2013
    2012 (no selection) used to for
    2011
    2010
    2009 (no selection) traded out of 2nd-round
    2008
    2007 (no selection) used to trade back into 1st for
    2006 Anthony Fasano

    You may be wondering why I decided to start all the way back in 2006. Well, I believe that's when the 2nd-round draft picks curse started for the Dallas Cowboys.

    Anthony Fasano ended up having a solid career in the NFL, but he never lived up to his draft status as a former 2nd-round draft pick. The same can be said for Martellus Bennett, Gavin Escobar, and Bruce Carter. Shed a tear for them if you want, but I'd put them in the “bust” category.

    Sean Lee
    Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

    The sad truth is, Sean Lee is the only 2nd-round draft pick on this list to ever see a second contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Although, I guess you can include DeMarcus Lawrence since he will be playing under the in 2018. But, that's still not a very good hit percentage in the 2nd-round for more than a decade. Luckily, it looks as if things are changing.

    DeMarcus Lawrence might end up being another “hit” for the Cowboys. It may have taken him four years to reach his potential, but there's no denying how dominant he was last season. If he can maintain that dominance this season, he could be looking at a big payday from the Cowboys.

    The Dallas Cowboys took a risk on the next two players they drafted after D-Law. They knew Randy Gregory had his off the field issues, but were willing to take a chance on his talent in the 2nd-round. That has yet to pay off, but Gregory has a chance to rebound now that it looks as if he has his life back in order.

    Jaylon Smith
    Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith

    The Cowboys took another risk in the following draft when they drafted Jaylon Smith. No one knew if he would ever be able to play again after the devastating knee he sustained in his final collegiate game, but it's looking as if he could make a full recovery and return to his pre-injury form. Year 3 will be big for him, but he could end up being an absolute steal.

    Fortunately, the Cowboys 2017 and 2018 2nd-round draft picks (Chidobe Awuzie and Connor Williams) look to be cornerstone players for years to come. That's what you're looking for in players drafted this highly.

    I say all of this because it's really looking like the Dallas Cowboys have finally broken their 2nd-round curse. Maybe it's a change in draft philosophy or maybe it's because 's voice carries more weight in the draft room, but it's definitely good news for the future of the franchise. Hopefully it continues.

    Do you think the Dallas Cowboys 2nd-round curse has ended?

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    Brian Martin
    Brian Martin
    Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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    Mr. Jaguar

    Imho the Cowboys have finally turned the corner regarding their number 2 draft picks

    EverybodyTalks

    Brian, based on your article, I would question if there was a curse in the 2nd round. I believe if the curse has been lifted, then it is because McClay is getting a stronger, louder voice in each of the drafts. If Randy Gregory becomes a viable draft pick upon his reinstatement, then that moves the curse back to Escobar as a questionable 2nd round pick. It is interesting that the curse may be partially due to Witten’s durability – Fasano, Bennett, and Escobar. I think Jason went into the Front Office repeatedly to tell them that they wasted a pick.


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