Dallas Cowboys: 15 best draft-day steals of all-time

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Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys
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The Dallas Cowboys are one of the more iconic brands in all of professional sports, and they have had their fair share of draft-day steals.

In the history of professional sports, there are some franchises that are recognizable as a worldwide brand. When it comes to  the Dallas Cowboys, they certainly fit that description, as they are considered America’s Team. They are one of the more iconic organizations in the world.

Led by owner Jerry Jones, the Cowboys have long been one of the faces of the NFL, winning multiple Super Bowls and collecting some of the best talent the game has ever seen. While they recently have been in a Super Bowl drought, there is no denying that their popularity has not wavered. When it comes to this team, you either love them, or hate them.

In this piece, we take a look at that event every year that makes or breaks a franchise, the NFL Draft. Over the course of the team’s history, the Cowboys have hit plenty of home runs during the draft, bringing in Pro Football Hall of Fame players and building their franchise from the ground up.

Dallas is currently a playoff contender, and the Cowboys’ success has come from a bunch of players who they tapped on draft day over the last couple of years. Their draft greatness goes back over 50 years, so it was hard to nail down the top-15 steals of all-time, but let us give it a go.

Here are the top-15 Cowboys draft day steals of all-time.