CARROLLTON, TX - JUNE 16: Secondary coach Dave Campo and Mike Mickens #33 of the Dallas Cowboys during mini camp at Standridge Stadium on June 16, 2009 in Carrollton, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Mike Mickens was one of five 2009 draft choices yet to see game action this season, and now, it appears that he never will.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, woefully thin at the cornerback position (and every other position, for that matter), grabbed Mickens from the Cowboys practice squad today. Mickens was a seventh round pick for Dallas out of Cincinnati, an athletic corner with playmaking abilities. He was cut after training camp, and signed to the practice squad after clearing waivers.
Mickens' teammate on the Bearcats, DeAngelo Smith, was also cut after training camp and remains a free agent after short lived stints with the Cleveland Browns and the Chicago Bears. Smith's lasting legacy in Dallas, almost certainly, will be the 50 yard dash he lost to kickoff specialist David Buehler in camp.
Buehler, drafted in the fifth round, has been the most impactful member of this Cowboys draft class, leading the league in touchbacks. Victor Butler comes in a close second, as he recorded two sacks and a forced fumble in the win over Carolina, and John Phillips has proven to be a solid blocking tight end.
Outside of the three, there has been little immediate impact from one of the most scrutinized Dallas draft classes in recent memory, for reasons of injury and personnel moves.