The NFL Draft and the Dallas Cowboys

One of the biggest days for the National Football League is upon us – the annual spring draft. The 2007 National Football League Draft will take place in New York City on April 28 and 29, 2007. As always, speculation revolves around who will be the number one draft pick for 2007. The Oakland Raiders have the first draft choice overall with the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals rounding out the top five.

This year the Dallas Cowboys have the twenty-second pick in the first round of the draft with 10 picks in all, one in each of the seven rounds as well as an extra pick in the sixth and two extra picks in the seventh due to past trades. The team is hoping that seven or eight of the drafted players will make this year’s 53-man roster.

Building a team though the draft can be a hit and miss endeavor that takes skill, knowledge and some luck. Since their entrance into the NFL, as an expansion team in 1960, the Dallas Cowboys have done more than all right by the draft. They have consistently demonstrated an ability to choose talent in the draft which blossoms into a full-fledged all-star.

From their first participation in the NFL draft, the Dallas Cowboys have had success. The first ever draft pick in Dallas Cowboys franchise history was made in 1961 when the team chose, out of Texas Christian University, star defensive tackle and first draft pick overall Bob Lilly. Known affectionately as “Mr. Cowboy”, Lilly was the first Cowboys Ring of Honor recipient at Texas Stadium.

Selected by the Dallas Cowboys, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, out of the Tennessee State University, was the number one overall draft pick of the 1970 NFL draft. Jones had a successful career with the team as a defensive end and was named the NFL Defensive MVP in 1982. He is one of only three players to have played for the Dallas Cowboys franchiseufabetมือถือ for fifteen years.

In 1977 the Cowboys selected, second overall, running back Tony Dorsett from the University of Pittsburgh. Dorsett made an instant impression in his first year, finishing with Rookie of the Year honors and a Super Bowl Championship. The success continued as Dorsett went on to rush for over 1000 yards in eight of his first nine seasons (missing the mark in 1982, due only to a strike-shortened season). He was elected to both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.