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Countdown to the Draft: Pick 49, Randall Godfrey

Countdown to the Draft: Pick 49, Randall Godfrey

As we countdown to the NFL draft we’ll take a look back at each top-50 pick in Dallas History. 

Randall Godfrey was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round, 49th overall, of the 1996 NFL Draft, after dropping because of his diminished production as a college senior at the University of Georgia.

Godfrey was named SEC Freshman of the Year in 1992 before becoming All-SEC in 1993 and second-team All-SEC in 1993.

Although he was drafted to play middle linebacker, the level of skill and speed he demonstrated in training camp, allowed the Cowboys to move him into different defensive positions.

He started the last six games of his rookie season at strongside linebacker where he finished with 28 tackles and one forced fumble.

Godfrey played various linebacking positions for the Cowboys but enjoyed his best season in 1999 when the team moved him to his natural position of a middle linebacker.

He recorded 98 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Unfortunately, Godfrey fell victim to an overhaul of the linebacking core the following offseason as they allowed talented and productive players like Ken Norton Jr., Darrin Smith, Dixon Edwards and Robert Jones, to leave via free agency, instead of signing them into long-term contracts.

During the 2000 free agency period, although Godfrey was firmly entrenched as the team starting middle linebacker, the Cowboys chose not to match the offer he received from the Tennessee Titans and decided to let Dat Nguyen take over the position. He never missed a game in his four seasons in Dallas, recording 438 tackles, 5 quarterback sacks and 2 interceptions.

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