Cowboys all-time best/worst draft picks: Quarterbacks
Dallas Morning News
By Staff reports
In 2010, SportsDay’s Dallas Cowboys beat writers examined the best draft picks by the team at each position since 1967, the year the AFL and NFL stopped drafting the same players. This has revisions from the 2010 draft.
Since we only go back to 1967 in our selection process, this is the easiest pick. Had we used the entire franchise history, then getting Roger Staubach in the 10th round of the 1964 draft as a “future” player, Staubach would have topped the list.
Aikman holds or is tied for 47 passing records, including yards (32,942) and touchdowns (165) but Aikman wasn’t judged on stats. He was judged on winning and he won three Super Bowls and was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXVII. He also won 90 games in the 1990s, which gave him more wins in a decade for a team than any quarter.
In a franchise with two Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Staubach and Aikman, White’s accomplishments get overlooked. He had a 62-30 record as a starter but three straight losses in NFC Conference Championship Games hurt his legacy.
Still, he threw for 21,959 yards and had 155 touchdown passes to go with one Pro Bowl appearance. He was also an excellent punter.
Being picked at No. 53 overall was the biggest surprise of the 2001 draft and not his fault. The Cowboys were in desperate need for a quarterback, especially one that could cover up some offensive line warts and reached for Carter.
A huge reach that failed, although he posted a 10-6 record in 2003 and helped the Cowboys to the playoffs in Bill Parcells’ first year. Ten players chosen after Carter in the second round went on to play in at least one Pro Bowl.
In 31 starts for the Cowboys, Carter had 26 touchdown passes and 36 interceptions. He was cut early in training camp in 2004 after reports of a failed drug test.
Quarterbacks taken by the Cowboys in the draft (since 1967):