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 now continue with the good. The criteria is simple - the lower the expection, i.e. the selection, and the greater the return, the better pick.
4. Dennis Thurman, S, USC, 1978, 306th selection
Thurman began his career as a backup safety but eventually became a reliable starter at corner for four of his nine NFL seasons. He intercepted a total of 36 passes and scored five defensive touchdowns. Thurman never missed a game in his career that covered 137 total games.
In 1981, he was named second team all-NFC by the UPI.
He played his last season with the Cowboys in 1985 and spent one more year with the Cardinals before he retired.
Picked immediately after: Lacy Brumley, OL, Clemson
Picked immediately ahead of: Willie Brock, C, Colorado
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