First-round picks are supposed to be the foundation for what a team is built around.
In many cases, that has been exactly how the Cowboys and other teams have had success. We all know how vital Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin were to the Cowboys being the Team of the 90s. Even this team is built around first-round talent in Ezekiel Elliott, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith and Leighton Vander Esch.
But as well know, there are exceptions.
Just like guys such as Dak Prescott can fall to the fourth round, there are first-rounders that don’t pan out.
The Cowboys waived Taco Charlton, the 28th overall pick in 2017, this week after just 27 overall games. Charlton was claimed by the Dolphins, who ironically play Dallas this week at AT&T Stadium. Who knows if Charlton will be able to play in that game but he’ll at least be on the sidelines facing his former team.
And he’s not the first player who didn’t live up to the expectations.
While the NFL has certainly evolved greatly over the years, we’ve narrowed this search to modern history and since Jerry Jones bought the team. So let’s look at the players who had the shortest time in Dallas since being drafted in the first round since 1989.
The Cowboys have had plenty of successful first-round picks, but they don’t all pan out. With Taco Charlton getting cut this week, we looked at the shortest stints by first-round picks in Jerry Jones’ 30 years of owning the team.