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Cowboys draft busts: Felix Jones? Bobby Carpenter?

3/18/2011

The NFL divisional bloggers took a look at the last five drafts and determined who was a bust, who is nearing the basement and who was the best pick.

Mike Sando did the NFC East and said Mike Jenkins was the best draft pick of the last five years for the Cowboys and Bobby Carpenter was the biggest bust. Sando said Felix Jones is nearing that status.

Here's more on the NFC East.

My own point of view would disagree on the biggest bust of the last five drafts for the Cowboys.

James Marten, a 2007 third-round pick from Boston College, didn't play a regular season game for the Cowboys and was cut.

The best draft pick of the last five years is a tie between Dez Bryant, though he didn't finish the season, led the team in touchdown receptions before his season-ending injury and Mike Jenkins, who did earn a Pro Bowl berth in 2009. Jenkins struggled last season but has the skill set to bounce back.

On the bubble for the worst draft pick is Anthony Spencer. He was a first-round pick in 2007, and has yet to play on a consistent level. He needs to have a much better season in 2011 than he did last year to take some pressure off DeMarcus Ware. I would say Carpenter is right up there with Spencer, but I think the Cowboys drafted a player who couldn't fit into their 3-4 defense. Carpenter plays better in a 4-3 scheme.