6 star players the Cowboys could have drafted in the past 5 years

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3. Amon-Ra St.Brown, WR: Pick 112 2021 NFL Draft: (Cowboys took Nahshon Wright at pick 99)

Overall, 2021 was a home run draft for the Cowboys. They landed Micah Parsons, Osa Odighizuwa, and Chauncey Golston who are all fixtures on defense. There was also Quinton Bohanna who has been a decent rotational nose tackle, Israel Mukuamu who has shown a lot of promise at safety, and Matt Farniok who is a decent reserve on the interior of the offensive line.

Even so, there were some whiffs. We already looked at Kelvin Joseph but there was also a questionable pick in Round 3 when they reached for Nahshon Wright out of Oregon State. Wright has impressive size and Dan Quinn loves cornerbacks with long arms. But Dallas could have landed an offensive stud if they wanted to bring in another wide receiver instead.

13 picks after Wright, the Detroit Lions chose Amon-Ra St. Brown from USC. The younger brother of Equanimeous St. Brown, Amon-Ra has been a production machine since entering the NFL.

As a rookie, he had 90 receptions for 912 yards and five touchdowns. He followed that up with 106 receptions for 1,161 yards and six touchdowns in 2022. He's also versatile as he played in the slot more than out wide, but still performed well in each spot.

In fact, St. Brown was the second-highest-rated wideout in the NFL last year according to PFF, earning a 90.7.

Dallas did have a stellar receiving corps at the time but perhaps they wouldn't have had to make a trade for Brandin Cooks if St. Brown as there with Lamb and Gallup. Then again, having all four is a problem worth having.