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: 13. Herbert Scott

1975 NFL Draft: Round 10, Pick No. 330

The 1975 NFL Draft class for the Cowboys was a good one. In fact, after 12 rookies made the team, they were nicknamed the “Dirty Dozen.” Among those making the team was a 10th-round pick out of Virginia Union named Herbert Scott, who would go on to have quite the career with America’s Team.

During his time in Dallas, Scott became an absolute force along the offensive line. Some believed he could be the best offensive lineman in team history. Incredibly, he was not selected until the 330th overall selection in that famous 1975 NFL Draft, but would go to play 10 seasons with the Cowboys. He become one of the best guards in football while playing for Dallas.

A three-time Pro-Bowl player, Scott was so good early on that the team traded away six-time Pro Bowl guard John Nilson. Scott was twice named an All-Pro, in both 1980 and 1981, and helped the team to a victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII. He was a mainstay on those Cowboys offensive lines, as he was a part of three NFC Championship teams.

To get a player of Scott’s talent with the 330th pick is quite a steal, considering the NFL does not even draft that many players each season anymore. While Scott was not expected to hold such a place in Cowboys history when the team drafted him over 40 years ago, he will continue to be revered as one of the more punishing offensive guards the franchise has ever seen.