As a celebration of NFL draft week, The Big Mac Blog will look back at the best and worst of the Dallas Cowboys' draft history. We continue with the good. The criteria is simple - the lower the expection, i.e. the selection, and the greater the return, the better pick.
This is why you won't see on this list guys like Troy Aikman, Bob Lilly, Tony Dorsett or even Emmitt Smith. They were all high picks.
1. Roger Staubach, QB, Navy, 1964, 129th
1a. Rayfield Wright, DE, Ft. Valley State, 1967 182nd selection
Roger was picked but the Cowboys had to wait five seasons before he could play as he fulfilled his commitment to the U.S. Navy. When he did finally arrive to the Cowboys he quickly became one of the best to ever play.
Roger was A six-time Pro Bowler, four-time NFL passing champion, won two Super Bowl rings, and was also MVP of Super Bowl VI. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
Wright was a seventh round pick, and ended up as one of the best to ever play his position. He was a six-time Pro Bowler, four-time All Pro, won two Super Bowl rings, and is a member of the 1970's all-decade team. He was also inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Picked immediately after: Allen Jacobs, FB, Utah
Picked immediately ahead of: Dick Van Raaphorst, K, Ohio State
Picked immediately after: George Gaiser, OT, SMU
Picked immediately ahead of: Richard Erickson, Wisconsin-Stout
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