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Rank the Dallas Cowboys Best Drafts In Franchise History


Rank the Dallas Cowboys Best Drafts: In a history that includes two dynasties, the Dallas Cowboys have had some pretty remarkable draft classes. Over 53 drafts, the Cowboys have selected 67 Pro Bowlers, according to data gleaned from pro-football-reference.com; 28 of those Pro Bowlers were also All Pro players, and 11 eventually wound up in the Hall of Fame.

But what year did Dallas have its best draft class? Was it 1964, when the team found three eventual Hall of Famers? Was it 1975, when they selected five eventual Pro Bowlers, including future Hall of Fame defensive tackle Randy White? Was it 1989, when the foundation for a second dynasty was laid by drafting five eventual Pro Bowlers in the space of the first six picks, including a future Hall of Fame franchise quarterback? How about 1991 when, coming off five straight losing seasons, the Cowboys turned the corner for good by adding 8 quality NFL-caliber starters, including three future Pro Bowlers?

Below are 10 likely candidates for best draft class ever. There are some notable omissions. Guard Larry Allen is perhaps the team’s best draft pick ever – a man legitimately in the conversation as the greatest to ever play his position. Allen was a second-round compensatory pick in 1994, due largely to the key players Dallas lost that first year of free agency, including guards John Gesek and Kevin Gogan, defensive tackles Tony Casillas and Jimmy Jones, safety Thomas Everett, and linebacker Ken Norton, Jr. All gone in one offseason. That’s how dynasties crumble…

The Allen pick alone makes 1994 a special draft, but the rest of the class is so unremarkable it couldn’t crack the Top 10.  In 1965 the Cowboys drafted an amazing nine players who would go on to be starters in the NFL, including Pro Bowl defensive back Ernie Kellerman, eventual Super Bowl quarterback Craig Morton, and 12-year starter defensive tackle Jethro Pugh. But ’65 just missed the final cut, too.

Use the ranking tool below to rank the all-time greatest Dallas Cowboys draft classes. Simply click to vote up or down. A “thumbs up” means you believe this draft class belongs higher on the list. A “thumbs down” means this draft class should be ranked lower or not even on the list. Did we miss a class that belongs on this list? Add your thoughts in the notes below. Your votes will update the totals instantly – so click to rank and check back to see how the list evolves as other fans add their votes.

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2 Comments on Rank the Dallas Cowboys Best Drafts In Franchise History

  1. brian basile says:

    16
    S HA HA CLINTON-DIX
    ALABAMA
    47
    DE MARCUS SMITH
    LOUISVILLE
    78
    WR MARTAVIUS BRYANT
    CLEMSON
    119
    DT WILL SUTTON
    ARIZONA STATE
    158
    DT KELCY QUARLES
    SOUTH CAROLINA
    229
    G RYAN GROY
    WISCONSIN
    231
    QB JEFF MATTHEWS
    CORNELL
    238
    FB J.C. COPELAND
    LSU
    248
    S TERRENCE BROOKS
    FLORIDA STATE
    251
    RB HENRY JOSEY
    MISSOURI
    254
    DE ETHAN WESTBROOKS
    WEST TEXAS A&M

  2. brian basile says:

    I can see every pick here but Matthews contributing immediately