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Last of the ’09 Cowboys Draft Class, Victor Butler Signs with Saints

As I am sure you all know by now, has signed with the Saints.

Victor Butler signed with the Saints on March 28th, 2013.
Victor Butler signed with the Saints on March 28th, 2013.

Butler was the last remaining member of the 2009 draft class, meaning the Cowboys have nothing left to show for the notably bad ’09 draft class.

In 2009 the Cowboys had 12 draft picks, seven of which are no longer in the NFL. Butler, and tight-end – who left for the as a this off season – were hands-down the best members of the class.

Out of those 12 picks in that draft only Butler, Phillips, Dave Bueler and third-string Stephen McGee lasted more than two years with the Cowboys.

From 2006 to 2009 the Cowboys selected 36 players, there are now only a measly four of the 36 left – , , and .

The 2009 draft was by far one of the worst draft years for the Cowboys in the last 10-15 years.

Take this in, the draft was a mere four years ago, and the team has nothing left to show for it. Usually it takes more than 4 years to determine whether a draft was a winner or failure, but in this case it’s safe to call ’09 a failure.

The Cowboys ’09 Draft consisted of:
Jason Williams – – third-round pick, 69th overall –  Currently #57

Robert Brewster – Offensive lineman – third-round pick, 75th overall – Currently a Free Agent

Stephen McGee – Quarterback – fourth-round pick, 101st overall – Signed with on January 24th, 2013.

– Linebacker – fourth-round pick, 120th overall – Currently #59

DeAngelo Smith – Corner – fifth-round pick, 143rd overall – waived by Cowboys at the end of – currently a free agent.

Michael Hamlin – – fifth-round pick, 166th overall – Currently a free agent.

David Buehler – Kicker – fifth-round pick, 172nd overall – Currently #18

Stephen Hodge – Safety – Sixth-round pick, 197th overall – never played with Cowboys due to .

John Phillips – – Sixth-round pick, 208th overall – Signed with San Diego Chargers on March 12, 3012.

Mike Mickens – Corner – Seventh-round pick, 227th overall –  Currently playing in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders.

Manuel Johnson – , 229th overall – seventh-round pick, 229th overall, didn’t make roster.

And of course…

Victor Butler – Linebacker – fourth-round pick – 110th overall – Currently .


The Cowboys had high-hopes for Butler, but his inconsistency has proven to be a problem over the years.

Butler was the Cowboys fourth-round pick and 110th overall in 2009.

Butler will be reunited with former Cowboys Rob Ryan, who has always spoken highly of the LB. Ryan was released from the Cowboys in January after two seasons with the team.


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