Cowboys draft history: Best 21st century draft picks from each round

Round by round the best picks of the 21st century the Cowboys have selected.
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Throughout the 64-year history of the Dallas Cowboys, the organization has been known for drafting and striking on some of the NFL’s all-time greatest players.

The Cowboys' most successful decades were in the 1970s and 1990s. Two different eras in franchise history that featured a combined five Super Bowl titles. Their success was fueled mainly by drafting the right players to help the franchise succeed. 

While the Cowboys have struggled to return to those glory days, unsurprisingly, the team has continued to draft and roster some of the best players we have seen in the 21st century. 

From impactful players to future and current Hall of famers and Diamond in the rough findings, let’s look at the Cowboys' best players drafted in each round in this century. 

Best First-Round Selection: Demarcus Ware, OLB

It has to be a no-brainer. When determining the Cowboys' best defensive player of this century, the first name that comes to mind is Hall-of-Fame linebacker Demarcus Ware

Ware will be enshrined in Canton, OH, on Aug. 5. He was the Cowboys' first-round draft selection in the 2005 NFL Draft. Number 94 would deliver nine memorable seasons wearing the star on his helmet. 

During his Cowboys career from 2005-2013. Ware totaled franchise-highs in sacks 117, forced fumbles 32, tackles for loss 145, and quarterback hits 185. 

In his Cowboys career, the former first-round pick would make seven Pro Bowls and seven All-Pro teams and is a member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade team. 

While Ware would finish his career in Denver, which included a Super Bowl ring earned in 2015. Cowboys fans will always remember him as one of the best players in franchise history and NFL fans will always remember him as a Cowboy first.

Runner Up: Dez Bryant