Cowboys pick three straight defensive players

April, 28, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- The last time Dallas picked three defensive players with its first three picks of the NFL draft was 2005.

Dallas selected cornerback Morris Claiborne (first round), Tyrone Crawford (third round) and Kyle Wilber (fourth round) with its first three picks this year.

Back in 2005, DeMarcus Ware (first), Marcus Spears (first) and Kevin Burnett (second) were the first three picks for then-coach Bill Parcells.

Ware and Spears are still with the team while Burnett played with the Miami Dolphins last season. Ware is considered one of the best pass rushers in the game, as evident by his 99.5 career sacks and six consecutive Pro Bowl selections.

Spears has been a solid performer for the Cowboys at defensive end. Burnett left the team in free agency following the 2008 season after spending four seasons as a backup linebacker.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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