If you believe the draftniks and pundits, the Cowboys had a questionable 2009 draft. Like every other team, we’ll find out in a couple years if those assessments are accurate.
The one selection that seems to have caused the most fervor among draft experts was USC kicker David Buehler. He was the beast who racked 25 reps of 225 at the Combine. He’s known to have an extremely strong leg and should excel as a kick-off specialist.
A quick check of the Cowboys kick-off stats from 2008 revealed some glaring deficiencies. The ‘Boys ranked 31st in kick-off average at 60.5. They also booted a league high five kicks out of bounds and had get this, ZERO touchbacks. They were the only team in the NFL to not have a touchback. The Panthers led the league with 30 (Eagles had 17).
Maybe, and I can’t believe I’m going to write this, leatherface Jones knew what he was doing when he picked Buehler. I’m sure the Eagles stockpiling return specialists may have had something to do with the decision too.
It’s easy to trash the ‘Boys for much of what they do to improve their team (see Roy Williams trade), but this move could prove to be one that actually helps them out. I hope I’m wrong.