IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have drafted players with varying degrees of injuries over the years, hoping they found value where others saw risk.
They did it with Sean Lee and Bruce Carter in the second rounds of back-to-back drafts in 2010 and '11. Morris Claiborne had wrist surgery before the 2012 draft, and Dallas had no qualms trading up to get him. Joseph Randle was picked in the fifth round last year despite a thumb surgery that kept him out a good portion of the offseason.
Despite not wanting to use it as an excuse the past few years, the Cowboys often cite injuries as the major reason as to why they have finished 8-8. With just a little bit of luck in the health department, owner/general manager Jerry Jones hinted on Tuesday, the Cowboys would have been a playoff team and will be a playoff team this year.
So would the Cowboys be as willing to draft players with injury flags, such as Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley, who tore both of his anterior cruciate ligaments in college?
“I think you have to always measure the value that you’re getting, but at the same time I think one of issues at the top of the list the last couple of years have been injuries,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “That was brought up in the draft room and we have to be cognizant of that injuries have been a little bit of what’s put us behind the eight ball a little bit. We’ll certainly have to take a long, hard look at that before we pull that trigger but that doesn’t mean we won’t do it. I wouldn’t say it’s out of the question.”