Bypassing LeSean McCoy to trade picks a Jerry Jones call

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Scouting staffs spend the entire year preparing reports, and carefully slotting and stacking prospects.

And then on draft day, certain people can uproot that process in a moment.

Former Cowboys scout Bryan Broaddus talked to KRLD-FM (via the Dallas Morning News) about how much of an impact owner Jerry Jones had in their draft room, illustrating it by the way Jones bypassed a chance to draft Eagles running back LeSean McCoy to stockpile picks used on a bunch of guys who aren’t on the team any more.

The Cowboys, picking 51st overall, had their chance to take McCoy, among others. But they traded that pick to the Bills for a third and a fourth, which they turned into tackle Robert Brewster and defensive end Victor Butler (who is one of their two picks from a 12-man draft class still with the team). That was one of a series of moves that in hindsight, look poor.

That’s where they get in trouble,” Broaddus said of not trusting the overall board and making too many moves. “If you go back to the 2009 draft, they sat there and they had LeSean McCoy with a first-round grade. The problem was, they weren’t willing to take LeSean McCoy. That’s the issue. Don’t windowdress your board. They’re sitting there in the second round and they’ve got LeSean McCoy with a first-round grade on their board. That’s value.

“They did it [got it right] with Sean Lee, they did it with Bruce Carter. They sat there, they took the guy that was on the board that they were supposed to take. Mistakes are made when you jump around on the board.

“Jerry’s done it a couple of different times. The Quincy Carter draft, we had Kendrell Bell there, first-round grade, ends up going the second round; goes right behind us to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ends up being AFC defensive rookie of the year. And then we take Quincy Carter. That was a forced pick right there. You had a guy there you had a better grade on, you probably could have got Quincy Carter later in the draft. That’s where you get in trouble leapfrogging around.”

There were times Jones’ businessman-pragmatic side helps, too.

“We’re sitting in the third round and all of a sudden you get a first-round grade on Jason Witten,” Broaddus said. “Jerry looks up at the board and says I think we need to take Jason Witten here boys. Those are the positive things that happen.”

The negatives have outweighed the positives on draft day for the Cowboys, which is part of the reason their constant shuffling of coaches can’t mask the larger issue.

35 responses to “Bypassing LeSean McCoy to trade picks a Jerry Jones call

  1. Oh man, if Vox Veritas was still around, he’d drop at least 15 comments on this article defending Jerry Jones. He’d lose it. He was Cowboys Jazeera. I kinda miss him in a weird way.

  2. Not buying tickets, suites, parking, team apparel, and anything Cowboys related is the ONLY way Dallas fans will get this looneytoon character out of the GM chair. Does this not have the whole “Al Davis death countdown” written all over it? It’s very sad but it’s looking that way.

  3. Jerrah is the downfall of that organization. I’m not complaining because I’m not a fan of that team. But, it seems to me by now even he could have seen what a mess he has made of things trying to be a GM.

  4. Wow, this is a bush league attempt to pile on here. Most GM’s do this, move around in the draft. Bryan broaddus ready to shift the blame on Jerry for poor drafts. In 09, we already had Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Choice. Now in hindsight McCoy would have been the better choice, but come on. How many other teams passed on him. Point is, hardly anyone gets it right. It’s a gamble.

  5. Lets not forget that the Eagles traded down to allow the Cowboys to get Sean Lee when they should have taken him.

  6. While I think Dallas might benefit from a real GM, 20-20 hindsight is always perfect. Name the team that gets all their draft picks right.

  7. Apparently the cold, hard truths that Jones laid on the front office and the coaching staff this off season don’ t apply to him.

    Jones apparently can’t see what a majority of NFL fans see: if he hired a true general manager and butted out of the professional side of the business there is a good chance the very problems described wouldn’t happen. The Cowboys do have some talent, but you can see the disconnect on the field with owner/g.m./tacit coach etc. hovering nearby.

    When a person’s ego gets so large that they lose touch with reality, it only leads to a downfall.

  8. Buffalo picked Andy Levitre with that 51st pick and that has paid off very handsomely so far…sounds like jerry failed all of over the place on this one.

  9. Can’t have it both ways. Writers tell us that the Cowboys are talented under achievers then this tells us they aren’t getting the best players in drafts actually.

    I’m not one to defend Jerry but no one gets it right every time including Parcels who is pretty well thought of. In 2004, Parcels passed on RB Steven Jackosn (Rams) to take RB Julius Jones. Jackosn is a good one and Jones no longer in football.

    The Cowboys have collected enough good players to win more than they do IMO

  10. And you jackasses thought there was a slim chance in hell Sean Payton was going to coach in Dallas. Ha, only if Jerruh handed him the entire team and walked out of Dallas. How bout dem cowboys.

  11. #solomon151 Broddus is not “piling on” everyone in the organization has regrets about missed draft picks and Jerry holds Bryans insight and options in high regard. If people actually followed Bryan on twitter and read his articles you would see even though he works for the organization he is very unbiased in his analysis of everything Cowboys and is not afraid to share his opinions good or bad. Its actually funny that PFT is just now picking up this story since its been on NFL.com for like 3 days and Broaddus has said the same thing about the McCoys draft pass for a long time. The media is the one trying to pile on with this “new insight”. Its not new, its old and every team makes mistakes in the draft.

  12. The first round pick is usually a gift, Scouts, Coaches and Analysts research, poke and prod the first 40 or so prospects, so most of those players end up being good to great and last many years in the league. The second round is usually a science. If you do your research and stick with who you came for, they usually work out. From the third to the seventh, Its all a guess. Close your eyes and just point to a name.

  13. If Belicheat made these same moves we would call him a genius. How many pro-bowlers has he passed on by trading down?

  14. As an Eagles fan, Jerry Jones is the greatest thing to happen to the NFL since the forward pass. As long as he owns the Cowboys, they’ll remain irrelevant.

    Then again, the Eagles remain irrelevant so there’s that …..

  15. Trading up last year to pick Claiborne also meant spending a 1 and a 2 on one person. Time will tell whether that was a good value for Claiborne, but investing two “starter” picks on one player contributed to the lack of depth which cost them dearly throughout last season. That;s the kind of move to make when you’re a player or two from contention, not when you have as many roster needs as they had.

  16. This is hindsight at its worst. Mr. Broaddus’s job is to determine how good a player is, but just because Dallas didn’t take McCoy didn’t mean Jerry Jones was being value-foolish.

    Here’s the simple answer…look at the Dallas RB depth chart entering the 2009 season:
    -Marion Barber, 26 years old, one season removed from the Pro Bowl
    -Felix Jones, 22 years old, first round pick building off of a promising season that was injury-shortened (8.9 yards per carry)
    -Tashard Choice, 25 years old, coming off a rookie season that offered 5.1 yards per carry

    As of the 2009 draft, the Cowboys were THREE DEEP at RB. All three RBs were young, and seemed to fit together (Jones as the primary HR hitter, Barber as the closer/short yardage guy, and Choice as a very high-end backup). McCoy had a lot of doubters, and his skill set was very similar to Jones’s, which would have made him redundant.

    Since when did it become good practice to use a second rounder (in a year without a first rounder) to get your #4 RB, especially when your other RBs are young and signed for multiple seasons? So easy to bash Jones, and yet it’s apparently hard for people to actually use their own brains.

    Maybe the scouts should do a better job of finding good offensive line fits (people seem to not notice that the Cowboys invest plenty in the o-line, but the guys they get often don’t work out…that’s a failure of scouting, folks!)

  17. The Cowboys have drafted pretty well over the past few years. Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Tyron Smith, Morris Claiborne were all solid picks. I think if every team in the league put up their top 6 picks over the past 3 years, the Cowboys would stack up pretty favorably. Not the best in the league, but in the top half, maybe the top quarter.

  18. Not a fan of Jerry at all, but he has made some pretty good calls also. Not only did Bill Parcells bypass Jackson for Julius Jones, Jerry had to over-rule him to take Ware instead of Merriman.

    So lets keep it in perspective, shall we?

  19. This is a pointless article. Jerry Jones also decided to go with Demarcus Ware when Parcells wanted to draft Spears instead with that pick.

    Every team makes boneheaded draft moves every year. Some of these stories make me think I should start a site like this.

  20. Actually, Jerry had to overrule Parcells to take Ware instead of Marcus Spears, not Shawn Merriman. (They ended up getting Marcus Spears near the bottom of the first round, too).

  21. I like how they leave out Broaddus saying (basically) “I also understand leaving McCoy on the board when you had Julius Jones and Marion Barber set to split starting reps”

  22. How about Bill Belichick’s draft trades…
    He traded up for Chad Jackson – Packers trade down for Greg Jennings.

    Packers trade up for Clay Matthews and Casey Hayward – Bill trades down for ….(idk who).

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