Dallas Cowboys First Round NFL Draft Choice: A History Of 27

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Feb 23, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Connecticut Huskies defensive back Byron Jones catches a pass in a work out drill during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With the mediocrity of 8-8 seasons now a distant memory, the Dallas Cowboys head into the draft tonight with a longer than normal wait to make their first pick.

At the pre-draft presser Jerry Jones confirmed that the team is in a good location to trade either up or down.

"“You probably increase the chance, in my mind, of movement either down or up.”"

In 2013 we saw the Cowboys move down from 18th to 31st in a trade with San Francisco 49ers.

If the team sees their top targets taken earlier on then a trade out of the first altogether wouldn’t be unrealistic.

By all intents and purposes at 27 they’re already looking at a second round player.

"“It is very possible for us to trade down and get a shot at a higher level of pick with a second-round pick that you don’t have or do something with our second or third.”– Jerry Jones"

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The Cowboys have only picked at 27 twice before.

The first was in 1976 when defensive back Aaron Kyle joined from Wyoming.

Then again in 1979 where they took the center Robert Shaw from Tennessee.

In 2010, the Cowboys held the 27th pick but traded up three spots for receiver Dez Bryant.

As the Cowboys haven’t had many picks at 27, I thought I’d look back at the recent drafts and see which players were taken at that spot and what their careers have been like thus far.

Interestingly, in the last five drafts three of the players taken at 27 have been defensive backs – one of the Cowboys biggest needs. Maybe they could continue the trend.

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