High Expectations Came To Nothing For Cowboys’ Dwayne Goodrich
(A year-by-year look at one draft pick the 21st Century Dallas Cowboys would love to throw back)
2000: Dwayne Goodrich (2nd-round, 49th overall)
Dave Campo promised the world on Draft Day that Dwayne Goodrich would be a good player for the Dallas Cowboys. Having watched the one and only Deion Sanders depart in free agency, the first-year head coach needed someone to believe in, and thought he had found it in Goodrich when the Cowboys selected the Tennessee Volunteer cornerback with the 49th overall selection.
But the Goodrich that Campo was expecting didn’t show up in training camp, prompting the Cowboys to insert aging veterans Ryan McNeil and Philippi Sparks into the starting lineup and to toss the bewildered rookie on the bench.
Goodrich’s uninspiring play continued over the next two seasons, as youngsters Mario Edwards, Duane Hawthorne and Derek Ross each received playing time in front of him.
Goodrich’s final stat line for three years of service with the team is nearly bare altogether: eight tackles, one pass defensed and zero interceptions while appearing in only 16 games.
(You can read more about the woes of the 2000 Dallas Cowboys team in Ryan Bush’s book “Decade of Futility.”)