Coin flips not kind to Cowboys in 2013

February, 17, 2014
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IRVING, Texas -- If you have paid attention to the early mock drafts of Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, you have noticed the Dallas Cowboys have picked 17th in the first round.

We’ll find out for sure this week.

A coin flip inside an Indianapolis hotel this week at the NFL scouting combine will determine whether the Cowboys or Baltimore Ravens will pick No. 16 in the first round. The teams finished 8-8 in 2013 and need the coin flip to decide who goes where.

Maybe it was just an alphabetical thing, or maybe Kiper and McShay know how the Cowboys fared in coin tosses in 2013 in giving them the 17th pick.

The Cowboys won the toss only three times in 2013 and lost it 13. The Cowboys were 1-2 when the won the toss and 7-6 when they lost it.

The Cowboys have never had the 16th pick in the first round. The last time they picked 17th overall they took cornerback Kevin Smith in 1992. In 1990 they used the 17th pick on the NFL’s all-time leading rusher in Emmitt Smith.

So maybe this is a coin flip they wouldn’t mind losing.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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