The 10 best draft choices by the Cowboys since 2000

Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware are the two names that top this list. [Image Source: Flickr | Richard Krause]
Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware are the two names that top this list. [Image Source: Flickr | Richard Krause]

Despite not winning a Super Bowl in the 21st century, the Cowboys’ best draft picks can be rivaled by few, if any.

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After looking at the best recent draft picks for 29 teams, it’s now time to look at the Cowboys who have the 58th pick (They traded their first rounder to acquire Amari Cooper last season). Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports has them selecting safety Taylor Rapp out of Washington with that pick in his latest mock draft.

The Cowboys haven’t exactly been the most successful franchise since 2000 without even a single trip to the NFC Championship Game. What has been impressive is the number of game-changers they have drafted over that time. Here are just some of the players that were unable to crack this list: Roy Williams, Sean Lee, DeMarco Murray, Demarcus Lawrence, Byron Jones, and Terence Newman. Those six players have combined for 14 Pro Bowl nods (Lee, Lawrence, and Jones are still playing for the Cowboys).

Note: Only time with the Cowboys is considered for this list. Where they were drafted makes a difference - meaning this isn't exactly the top-ten players drafted by Dallas since 2000 list. Remember this is a subjective list, meaning there can be much debate as to who the top-ten should be. Some late-round draft picks that didn't quite make the list but had solid careers with the team include Mario Edwards (sixth round, 2000), Bradie James (fourth round, 2003), Patrick Crayton (seventh round, 2004), Marion Barber (fourth round, 2005), Chris Canty (fourth round, 2005), Doug Free (fourth round, 2007), Orlando Scandrick (fifth round, 2008), Anthony Hitchens (fourth round, 2014), and Anthony Brown (sixth round, 2016).


Jason Witten, TE - 3rd round, 69th overall (2003); time with Cowboys: 2003-2017, present

An 11-time Pro Bowler, Witten came out of retirement after sitting out last season. He ranks fourth on the NFL's all-time list with 1,152 receptions. Witten has only missed one game in his 15-year career.


DeMarcus Ware, LB - 1st round, 11th overall (2005); time with Cowboys: 2005-2013

A premier pass-rusher, Ware totaled 117 sacks in his nine years with Dallas. He was named to seven Pro Bowls, was a four-time First Team All-Pro, and twice led the league in sacks.

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