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List of Dallas Cowboys first-round draft picks

Updated: 2017-08-11T06:56Z

The Dallas Cowboys are professional American football team based in Dallas, Texas. The Cowboys team is a franchise of the National Football League (NFL) and plays in the East Division of the National Football Conference. The first draft in which the Cowboys participated was the 1961 NFL Draft. Before their initial NFL Draft, the Cowboys franchise participated in the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft. In the NFL Draft, each NFL franchise annually adds new players to its roster. Teams are ranked in reverse order based on their records during the previous season, therefore the team with the worst record selects first. There are two exceptions to this order: the Super Bowl champion from the previous season selects last, and the Super Bowl runner-up selects second to last. Teams have the option of trading away their selections to other teams for different selections, players, cash, or any combination thereof. It is common, therefore, for the actual draft selection of a team to differ from their initial assigned draft selection or for a team to have either extra selections or no selections in any round because of such trades.[1]

All-time first-round draft selections

Hall of Famer † [a]Pro Bowler * [b]
196113Bob Lilly † TCUDT [c]
1962 No Pick [d]
19636Lee Roy Jordan * AlabamaLB
19644Scott AppletonTexasOT [e]
19655Craig MortonCaliforniaQB
19665John Niland * IowaOG
1967 No Pick [f]
196820Dennis HomanAlabamaDE
196924Calvin Hill * YaleRB
197023Duane ThomasWest Texas St.RB
197125Tody SmithUSCDE
197226Bill ThomasBoston CollegeRB
197320Billy Joe Dupree * Michigan StateTE
19741Ed "Too Tall" Jones * Tennessee StateDE
22Charley YoungNorth Carolina St.RB
19752Randy White † MarylandLB
18"Hollywood" Henderson * LangstonLB
197627Aaron KyleWyomingDB
19772Tony Dorsett †  (Heisman Trophy Winner)[2]PittsburghRB
197828Larry BetheaMichigan StateDE
197927Robert ShawTennesseeC
1980 No Pick
198126Howard RichardsMissouriT
198225Rod HillKentucky StateDB
198323Jim JeffcoatArizona StateDE
198425Billy Cannon, Jr.Texas A&MLB
198517Kevin BrooksMichiganDE
198618Mike SherrardUCLAWR
198712Danny NoonanNebraskaDT
198811Michael Irvin † MiamiWR
19891Troy Aikman † UCLAQB
199017Emmitt Smith † FloridaRB
19911Russell Maryland * MiamiDT[g]
12Alvin HarperTennesseeWR
20Kelvin PritchettMississippiDT[h]
199217Kevin SmithTexas A&MDB
24Robert JonesEast Carolina StateLB
1993 No Pick
199423Shante CarverArizona StateDE
1995 No Pick
1996 No Pick
199722David LaFleurLSUTE
19988Greg Ellis * UNCDE
199920Ebenezer EkubanUNCDE
2000 No Pick
2001 No Pick
20028Roy Williams * OklahomaS
20035Terence Newman * Kansas StateCB
2004 No Pick[i]
200511DeMarcus Ware * Troy StateLB
20Marcus SpearsLSUDE[j]
200618Bobby CarpenterOhio StateLB
200726Anthony Spencer * PurdueLB[k]
200822Felix JonesArkansasRB[l]
25Mike Jenkins * South FloridaCB[m]
2009 No Pick[n]
201024Dez Bryant * Oklahoma StateWR[o]
20119Tyron Smith * USCOT
20126Morris ClaiborneLSUCB
201331Travis Frederick * WisconsinC[p]
201416Zack Martin *[3] Notre DameOT
201527Byron JonesConnecticutCB
20164Ezekiel Elliott * Ohio StateRB
201728 Taco CharltonMichiganDE


  • a Players are identified as a Hall of Famer if they have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • b Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.
  • c The Cowboys took Lilly with their second first-round selection. Their first selection, the second overall, was traded to the Washington Redskins for Eddie LeBaron.[4]
  • d The Cowboys traded their first selection in 1962 to the Cleveland Browns for Offensive Tackle Paul Dickson and the Browns' first selection in 1961.
  • e Scott Appleton signed with the Houston Oilers of the American Football League.
  • f The Cowboys traded their selection to the Houston Oilers for the rights to linebacker George Webster.
  • g The Cowboys received this selection from the New England Patriots in exchange for Ron Francis, David Howard, Eugene Lockhart, a first round and a second round pick.[5]
  • h The Cowboys received this selection and a fifth round pick from the Washington Redskins in exchange for an earlier first round pick.[6]
  • i The Cowboys traded this first round selection (22nd overall) to the Buffalo Bills for Bills' second round selection (43rd overall), fifth round selection (144th overall), and first round selection in 2005.
  • j The Cowboys received this selection from the Buffalo Bills as well as the Bills' selections in 2004 in the second (43rd overall) and fifth rounds (144th overall) for the Cowboys' first round selection in 2004 (22nd overall).
  • k Dallas traded their original first round selection (22nd overall) to the Cleveland Browns for the Browns' first round selection in 2008 and the Browns' second round selection (36th overall) in this draft. Dallas then traded that additional second round selection (32nd overall), their third round selection (87th overall), and their fifth round selection (159th overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles for the Eagles' first round selection (26th overall).
  • l The Cowboys received this selection from the Cleveland Browns as well as the Browns' second round selection (36th overall) in 2007 for the Cowboys first round selection in 2007 (22nd overall).
  • m Dallas received this selection from the Seattle Seahawks for Dallas' original first-round selection (28th overall) and Dallas' fifth- and seventh-round selections (163rd and 235th).
  • n The Cowboys traded their 20th overall pick (first round), the 82nd overall picks (third round), and 192nd overall pick (sixth round) in the 2009 draft for wide receiver Roy Williams from the Detroit Lions. The Cowboys received a seventh round pick from the Lions in the 2010 draft.
  • o Dallas traded their original first round and third round selection (27th and 90th overall) to the New England Patriots for the Patriots' first round selection and a fourth-round selection in 2010 to select Dez Bryant over the Baltimore Ravens.
  • p Dallas traded their original first round pick (18th overall) to the San Francisco 49ers for the 49ers' first and third round selections


  1. ^ Alder, James. ""NFL Draft Basics:Determining Order of Selection"". Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  2. ^ "42nd Award Winner". Archived from the original on June 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "1962 Draft". Pro Football Hall of Fame website. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  5. ^ "1991 Draft". Pro Sports Transactions website. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  6. ^ "1991 Draft". Pro Sports Transactions website. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
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