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

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Best draft-day steals by the Dallas Cowboys of all-time: 4. Jason Witten

2003 NFL Draft: Round 3, Pick No. 69

The Cowboys picked up two players who made serious mark on the franchise in 2003, drafting one and adding another as an undrafted free agent. Jason Witten was the team’s third-round pick, and No. 69 overall selection in the 2003. The man who would get him the ball, Tony Romo, was added afterwards.

This duo would go on to be one of the more prolific quarterback-tight end tandems in NFL history. As for Witten, he comes in at our No. 4 draft-day steal. An All-SEC player for Tennessee, Witten had a first-round grade on him, but the Cowboys passed up on him until the third round, where they finally selected him.

All he has done since is become one of the best pass-catchers in NFL history, hauling in over 1,100 during his illustrious NFL career. Witten is the current franchise leader in receptions (1,152) and receiving yards (12,448) and has amassed over 1,000 yards in four different seasons. Not too shabby for a tight end.

After the 2017 NFL season, Witten retired to be one of the analysts in the Monday Night Football booth, but that lasted only one season. Witten will be back with the Cowboys in 2019, as he signed a one-year deal to come out of the broadcast booth this fall.

In all fairness, it is probably a good move, as he was terrible in the booth during Monday Night Football, and should just continue his Pro Football Hall of Fame career instead. He has been to 11 Pro Bowls, has been a First-Team All-Pro twice and is currently fourth in NFL history in receptions.