Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/9/13
This coming April the Dallas Cowboys will be attempting to build a team to chase that elusive NFC East Championship. Need I remind you, they have missed out on the playoffs in the final game of the season the last two years. More importantly than that, the Cowboys haven’t done very well in the annual draft. There is no bigger draft day regret than that of Quincy Carter in my eyes. He was drafted with the 53rd selection of the 2001 NFL Draft.Lavonya Quintelle "Quincy" Carter was actually a minor league outfielder in the Chicago Cubs farm system before trading a glove for a pigskin. He originally signed a letter of intent at Georgia Tech before signing with the Cubs. When baseball didn’t work out in Carter’s favor, he signed with the Yellow Jacket’s rival University of Georgia Bulldogs. In 1998 he was named SEC Freshmen of the year, seemingly he made the right decision and Carter was well on his way to the NFL.After putting together a mediocre college career with 35 touchdowns and 25 interceptions in three seasons, Dallas drafted him in the second round and made him the starting quarterback in 2001. Carter was doomed from the start of his career, having to replace the 3-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Troy Aikman. After splitting time with another draft bust Ryan Leaf in his rookie season and two less than ordinary seasons where he lost his only playoff appearance, Carter was released.Carter had off-season issues and a failed drug test that led to his release. Bill Parcells felt he could no longer lead this team, which opened the door for an undrafted free agent named Tony Romo. What is more of an issue with the Carter selection were the players that were available at that point. Dallas could have used that selection to pick Utah Utes’ wide receiver Steve Smith. He seemed to have had a very good and production career, even though being an undersized wide out like he is.Other draft day regrets who made the list were Felix Jones, Bobby Carpenter and Tony Dixon.  Coming out of Arkansas, Jones was projected to be a good number two running back behind starter Marion Barber III. However in hindsight he was selected above Chris Johnson from East Carolina and Rashad Mendenhall from the University of Illinois. Jones initially looked like the running backs drafted after him but conditioning and injury issues make the selection seem much worse than it really is.Now when Bill Parcells selected Bobby Carpenter, it was in hopes that he would have the work ethic of his father and the fact that he was part of a good Ohio State University linebackers crew alongside Packers’ middle linebacker A.J. Hawk. Being a top 20 pick the Cowboys expected him to become a staple of their defense, although he was unable to even get on the field in non-special teams situations. Players that were available at that point in the draft were the likes of DeMeco Ryans from Alabama and center Nick Mangold, also from Ohio State. Ryans has made more of an impact than Carpenter, while if they chose Mangold Dallas could have a staple on their offensive line for years to come.Finally you have Tony Dixon the former strong safety from Alabama. A lot was expected of him; especially coming from the always powerful SEC. Dixon fizzled out after only four years in the league, having only played three for the Cowboys. He was drafted one full round ahead of Adrian Wilson, who was released by the Arizona Cardinals. The five-time Pro Bowler is now available, if he doesn’t command a huge contract maybe the Cowboys could try to right that wrong. 
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