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Stephen Jones Shares Regret Over Not Drafting T.J. Watt in 2017

The depleted host the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday. It will be the first -Steelers game since Dallas passed on T.J. Watt, one of the top defensive players in the NFL today, and took Taco Charlton in the 2017 . In a media session yesterday, Dallas Executive Vice President expressed regret over that decision.

In his first years Watt has been to two Pro Bowls and was a 1st-Team All Pro in 2019. He is currently among the league leaders in (6.5) halfway through the current season.

Meanwhile, Taco Charlton was discarded by the Cowboys just a few weeks into the in at to the Dolphins. Miami waived him in April of this year, and Taco’s working as a backup in Kansas City.

So yeah, it’s no surprise that Jones wishes they’d taken Watt over Charlton three years ago. It’s also unsurprising that Stephen made sure to everyone know who contributed that to that blunder.

To be fair, Marinelli is hardly the first or last coach to make a mistake because he’s too consumed with his scheme. It’s one of the common errors in the NFL; finding players to fit a scheme rather than designing a scheme around talent (e.g. ).

Still, the disparity between Taco Charlton and T.J. Watt’s NFL success makes this one particularly stinging for Dallas . It’s the closest thing to “ over ” for the millennial members of .

At least in that case, Ellis still proved to be a quality 1st-round pick. While he’s never going to join Randy Moss in Canton one day, Greg still posted the 3rd-most sacks in Cowboys during his 11-year run in Dallas.

And of course, Watt still has a long way to go before you could ever put him on the same tier as Randy Moss. But three-and-half years into their NFL careers, he’s way closer than Taco Charlton will ever be.

We’ll never know for sure who spoke loudest in 2017 to pick Charlton over Watt. It’s easy for Stephen to make Rod Marinelli the scapegoat now that he’s no longer here.

Whoever it was, that regret could get a stronger this Sunday if T.J. Watt has a monster game against the Cowboys.

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Jess Haynie

Written by 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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