Brandt: Best Cowboys Draft Class Since 2005

Not only did most of the so-called gurus like what the Cowboys did in the NFL Draft, but so did Gil Brandt, the team's long-time Director of Player Personnel.

His IBM SuperComputer agrees.

Now a contributor for and the NFL Network, Brandt still lives in North Texas and was on hand at the weekend's rookie minicamp for a first-hand look at the class.

Evidently, he saw all he needed in one day. In a feature for the league's mother ship site, Brandt calls this the best Cowboys draft class since the group that included DeMarcus Ware, Marcus Spears, Chris Canty, Marion Barber and Jay Ratliff"

"From what I saw last weekend, this is Jerry Jones' and the Cowboys' best draft class since 2005. It's highly likely that nine first-year players could see game time this season."

Now, granted, the Cowboys haven't exactly been filling up the Bingo card on draft day every year.

There is only one player remaining on the roster from the 2006 class, two from 2007, three from 2008, three from 2009 and three from 2010. None of those players has ever made a Pro Bowl.

The last couple years have been better, though. The 2010 class included Dez Bryant and Sean Lee, and the Cowboys added Tyron Smith and DeMarco Murray last year, along with Bruce Carter, who could emerge as a starter this season.

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