This week, tight end John Phillips signed with the San Diego Chargers; that leaves none of the 12 players who were drafted by the Cowboys in 2009 still with the team. That is one of the primary reasons this team is in such mediocre shape - the guts of a team in 2013 should be comprised by a few guys from 2009.
One of the criticisms the people at Valley Ranch had towards former head coach Bill Parcells was they thought he wasn't much in the way of running a draft. Take a look at the four drafts of the Cowboys' run by Parcells, and the four immediately after he left.
Terence Newman, DB. Pro Bowler. Still in the league.
Al Johnson, C. Played and started for a while; 5 NFL seasons. Too small.
Jason Witten, TE. Likely Hall of Famer.
Bradie James, LB. 9 seasons with Cowboys. Solid player. Now with Texans.
B.J. Tucker, CB. Never made it.
Zuriel Smith, WR. Never made it.
Justin Bates, G. Never made it.
Julius Jones, RB. Four seasons in Dallas. 7 NFL seasons.
Jacob Rogers, OT. Bust.
Stephen Peterman. OG. Never made it with Cowboys. Caught in Detroit where he remains a starter.
Bruce Thornton, DB. One season with Cowboys. One with SF.
Sean Ryan, TE. 2 seasons with Cowboys and six in NFL.
Nate Jones, DB. Four seasons with Cowboys and eight overall.
Patrick Crayton, WR. Solid No. 3 WR for years.
Jacques Reeves, DB. Four seasons with Cowboys and seven in NFL.
DeMarcus Ware, OLB. Arguably the best player selected in the class.
Marcus Spears, DT. Solid player. Was cut this week.
Kevin Burnett, OLB. Couldn't stay healthy. 3 year starter in Miami.
Marion Barber, RB. Very good when healthy. Burned out quick. Retired.
Chris Canty. DE. Still in the league. Starter for Super Bowl Giants team.
Justin Beriault, S. Had to retire early because of injuries.
Rob Petitti, OT. Forced to start much of rookie year.
Jay Ratliff, DL. Developed into Pro Bowl NT.
Bobby Carpenter, OLB. Still in the league. Barely.
Anthony Fasano, TE. A starter for the last 5 years in Miami.
Jason Hatcher, DL. Regular starter for the Cowboys.
Skyler Green, WR. 3 seasons with 3 teams.
Pat Watkins, S. Played for Cowboys for 4 seasons and 5 NFL seasons.
Montavious Stanley, DT. Four seasons, four teams.
Pat McQuistan, OT. Still in the league
E.J. Whitley, OT. Injuries forced him to give up football.
Anthony Spencer, LB. Took a while but a solid player.
James Marten, T. Never made it.
Isaiah Stanback, WR. Great athlete, didn't make it.
Doug Free, T. Starter for the Cowboys.
Nick Folk, K. Solid NFL kicker had one very bad year for Cowboys.
Deon Anderson, FB. Played four seasons for Cowboys.
Courtney Brown, CB. Two years with Cowboys.
Alan Ball, DB. 5 seasons with Cowboys. Spent last season with Texans.
Felix Jones, RB. Things just never quite lined up right.
Mike Jenkins, DB. Decent player but injuries, attitude were a problem.
Martellus Bennett, TE. So much talent. Spent last season with NYG. Just signed with Bears.
Tashard Choice, RB. Four seasons with Cowboys. Spent last season with Bills.
Orlando Scandrick, DB. Decent nickel player with the Cowboys.
Erik Walken, LB. Developed into a decent producer with the Packers.
Jason Williams, LB. 10 games w/Cowboys. Played 5 games last season with Panthers.
Robert Brewster, T. Never made it.
Stephen McGee, QB. Couldn't play.
Victor Butler, LB. Backup linebacker.
Brandon Williams, LB. 6 games with Cowboys.
DeAngelo Smith, CB. Nope. Played 7 games for Lions.
Michael Hamlin, CB. 12 games with Cowboys. 4 for Jaguars.
David Buehler, K. A great athlete and a strong leg but was not accurate.
Stephen Hodge, LB. Total waste of a pick. Way too small.
John Phillips, TE. Decent blocking tight end. Just signed with Chargers.
Mike Mickens, DB. Nope
Manny Johnson, WR. Nope. 1 catch for 6 yds in his Cowboys career.
Dez Byrant, WR. Developing into one of the league's best.
Sean Lee, LB. Great when healthy.
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, S. Cut. Played a little bit in Jacksonville in 2011.
Sam Young, T. 2 games with Cowboys. Played 12 games in Buffalo last season.
Jamar Wall, CB. Never made it with Cowboys. Played 2 NFL games.
Sean Lissemore, DL. Started some last season for Cowboys.
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