Best first-round draft picks in Dallas Cowboys history: 14. Dez Bryant
Though this eight-year relationship just ended, wide receiver Dez Bryant was an important part of the Cowboys’ aerial attack for much of the last decade. Dallas took the talented pass-catcher out of Oklahoma State with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Bryant would make three trips to the Pro Bowl in his eight years with the Cowboys. In 2014, he earned First-Team All-Pro honors, where he led the NFL in receiving touchdowns at a whopping 16.
Three straight seasons did Bryant go over 1,000 receiving yards. However, his on-field productivity waned in the last three seasons post-2014, which led to his high-profile release during the 2018 NFL offseason.
In Cowboys uniform, Bryant had 531 catches for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns. Bryant was able to do this as an elite jump-ball receiver, especially in the red zone. He was one of former starting quarterback Tony Romo’s favorite receiving targets. That being said, he could never seem to get on the page with new Cowboys signal caller Dak Prescott.
Bryant will turn 30 years old in the 2018 NFL season. Though he will have to change his game, Bryant should still be able to help whatever team he lands on as a pass-catcher. Bryant’s days as a No. 1 receiver in the NFL might be over, but look for him to potentially break the 10,000 receiving yard threshold before retiring. However, that will certainly be for another team.