Mar 122009

Since their first draft in 1961, the Dallas Cowboys have drafted 46 players in the first round. Five of these players have their busts in the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Way more than five of them were just busts. That is, of course, to be expected. The NFL Draft is an inexact science. All teams have more strikeouts than home runs.

In this post, we will take a look at the Cowboys’ first round draft history, and offer the following (mostly-subjective) observations:

  • Identify the top five (best of the best) first rounders
  • Identify the bottom five (worst of the best) first rounders
  • Grade each player
  • Grade the Cowboys’ overall first round drafting success by averaging the players’ grades
  • Grade each of the Cowboys’ regimes, broken down as follows:
    • The Schramm/Landry Era
    • The Jones/Johnson Era
    • The post-Johnson/Jones Era

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