Sunday, May 30, 2010
The best of Cowboys' draft bunches
By Tim MacMahon
The Cowboys believe they picked a pair of premium talents in last month’s draft.
Even if Dez Bryant and Sean Lee are as good as the Cowboys believe – and they were 11th and 14th on the Valley Ranch draft board – they’ll have a tough time cracking the best collections of top-end talent from Dallas draft classes.
A look at the five most impressive groups of premium players from Cowboys’ drafts:
DB Mel Renfro (second round), WR Bob Hayes (seventh round), QB Roger Staubach (10th round)
Good luck finding a better draft class trio in NFL history.
QB Troy Aikman (first round), FB Daryl Johnston (second round), C Mark Stepnoski (third round), DE Tony Tolbert (fourth round)
Tolbert (59.5 career sacks) might be borderline, but the other three were among the best at their positions during the ‘90s dynasty.
DL Randy White (first round), LB Bob Breunig (third round), DE Pat Donovan (fourth round, converted to OT), OG Herb Scott (13th round)
The best of the Dirty Dozen combined to make 19 Pro Bowl appearances.
CB Kevin Smith (first round), WR Jimmy Smith (second round), S Darren Woodson (second round)
Too bad none of Jimmy Smith 12,287 career receiving yards came in a Cowboys uniform.
OLB DeMarcus Ware (first round), DL Jay Ratliff (seventh round)
Ratliff, not first-rounder Marcus Spears, developed into Ware’s All-Pro partner.