While that 1998 draft will be remembered more for the Cowboys not taking a chance on Randy Moss, they weren't exactly opposed to taking risks.
The Cowboys in the second round put an immediate stop to Flozell Adams' free fall, drafting the enormous Michigan State tackle with the 37th pick. Once considered a surefire first-round pick, Adams' stock unexpectedly began falling on draft day, with reports surfacing of a hearing problem in one ear. Teams were concerned he would have problems with the snap count, especially on the left side.
The Cowboys took a chance, and it certainly has paid off. The rumored hearing deficiency has never been a problem, and best of all, Adams has turned into a cornerstone at left tackle.
When Parcells took over in 2003, he decided the team's best alternative to fill the left tackle spot was re-signing Adams. The Cowboys gave him a whopping five-year, $25 million deal, and so far Adams has been worth every penny. He would go to the Pro Bowl two consecutive seasons before his third season under the new contract was cut short by the ACL tear.
Apr 19, 2006 at 10:12 AM
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