A first round pick out of South Florida in 2008 and a Pro Bowl selection back in 2009, cornerback Mike Jenkins departed Dallas for a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders this week after five seasons with the team. Running back Felix Jones, the other of Dallas’ two first round picks in 2008 is all but gone, as well, even though he visited Cincinnati this week and left without a deal.
But Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones won’t go as far as to say that their departures mean that 2008 was a bad draft class.
“We got starting time out of both of them,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “That’s not enough, but those guys aren’t NFL busts.
“We were proud to have him (Felix Jones) with that No. 1 pick, and as late as last year I was proud to have that No. 1 in Jenkins. But it is five years down the road now.’’
In all, Jenkins started 48 games over his five seasons. In that same span, Jones started 23 but lost his starting job midway through 2011 as then-rookie DeMarco Murray capitalized on an injury to the Arkansas product. Jenkins lost his starting job last year, when Dallas got Brandon Carr in free agency and traded up to land Morris Claiborne out of LSU in the draft.
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