NFC East: Tony Hill

IRVING, Texas -- There was a time when the way the Dallas Cowboys ran their draft room was the envy of the league.

One of those years was back in 1991 and Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth ranked the Cowboys selecting Russell Maryland and Alvin Harper that year as ninth best on the all-time list of teams with two first-round picks.

The Cowboys actually had three first-round picks that year thanks to a deal with the Washington Redskins, but traded Kelvin Pritchett to the Detroit Lions for picks in the second, third and fourth rounds.

In Maryland, the top overall pick, the Cowboys got a vital piece to their vastly underrated defensive line. In Harper, the No. 12 pick, they got a complement to Michael Irvin who Norv Turner knew how to maximize.

In trading Pritchett, who had a solid career, the Cowboys got linebacker Dixon Edwards, guard James Richards and defensive end Tony Hill. Edwards was a starter, but Hill lasted two seasons and Richards didn’t make the team.

The Cowboys had two first-round picks in 1992, 2005 and 2008 as well.

In 1992, they took cornerback Kevin Smith (No. 17) and linebacker Robert Jones (No. 24), who became starters on Super Bowl teams. In 2005, they took outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (No. 11) and defensive tackle Marcus Spears (No. 20). Ware became the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks. In 2008, the Cowboys selected running back Felix Jones (No. 22) and cornerback Mike Jenkins (No. 25). Neither signed a second contract, although Jenkins had a Pro Bowl season.

Jackson, Austin headed to Pro Bowl?

November, 6, 2009
Posted by's Matt Mosley

Coming into the '09 season, every receiving corps in the NFC East had question marks. We're still wondering whether Roy Williams can be a No. 1 receiver in Dallas and if the Giants' Steve Smith is as good as his numbers suggest.

But one thing we know for sure is that the Eagles' DeSean Jackson and Cowboys' Miles Austin have emerged as two of the most dangerous players in the league. With Jackson, it's not that much of a surprise. He had some brilliant moments as a rookie last season, and he's continued to get better. Austin has been an absolute gift from the heavens for the Cowboys. The former Monmouth (the "n" is silent) University star has become quarterback Tony Romo's favorite target.

Now our guy Adam Schefter has unearthed the interesting nugget that a Cowboys and Eagles wide receiver haven't gone to the Pro Bowl in the same season since Michael Irvin and the immortal Fred Barnett both made it in 1992. Before that, you have to go all the way back to Tony Hill and Mike Quick.

In his excellent new 10 Spot column, Schefter predicts that Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb will be the second-half offensive player of the year. OK, I'm headed out to produce my first video for the Beast. This could take all afternoon.