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]

Key

B Back K Kicker NT Nose tackle
C Center LB Linebacker FB Fullback
DB Defensive back P Punter HB Halfback
DE Defensive end QB Quarterback WR Wide receiver
DT Defensive tackle RB Running back G Guard
E End T Offensive tackle TE Tight end
 † [a] Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
 * [b] Selected to at least one Pro Bowl

Player selections

Year Pick Player College Position Notes
1961 13 Bob Lilly †  TCU DT [c]
1962 No Pick [d]
1963 6 Lee Roy Jordan *  Alabama LB
1964 4 Scott Appleton Texas T [e]
1965 5 Craig Morton California QB
1966 5 John Niland *  Iowa G
1967 No Pick [f]
1968 20 Dennis Homan Alabama DE
1969 24 Calvin Hill *  Yale RB
1970 23 Duane Thomas West Texas State RB
1971 25 Tody Smith USC DE
1972 26 Bill Thomas Boston College RB
1973 20 Billy Joe Dupree *  Michigan State TE
1974 1 Ed "Too Tall" Jones *  Tennessee State DE
22 Charley Young North Carolina State RB
1975 2 Randy White †  Maryland LB
18 Thomas Henderson *  Langston LB
1976 27 Aaron Kyle Wyoming DB
1977 2 Tony Dorsett † [2] Pittsburgh RB
1978 28 Larry Bethea Michigan State DE
1979 27 Robert Shaw Tennessee C
1980 No Pick
1981 26 Howard Richards Missouri T
1982 25 Rod Hill Kentucky State DB
1983 23 Jim Jeffcoat Arizona State DE
1984 25 Billy Cannon Jr. Texas A&M LB
1985 17 Kevin Brooks Michigan DE
1986 18 Mike Sherrard UCLA WR
1987 12 Danny Noonan Nebraska DT
1988 11 Michael Irvin †  Miami(FL) WR
1989 1 Troy Aikman †  UCLA QB
1990 17 Emmitt Smith †  Florida RB
1991 1 Russell Maryland *  Miami(FL) DT [g]
12 Alvin Harper Tennessee WR
20 Kelvin Pritchett Ole Miss DT [h]
1992 17 Kevin Smith Texas A&M DB
24 Robert Jones *  East Carolina LB
1993 No Pick
1994 23 Shante Carver Arizona State DE
1995 No Pick
1996 No Pick
1997 22 David LaFleur LSU TE
1998 8 Greg Ellis *  North Carolina DE
1999 20 Ebenezer Ekuban North Carolina DE
2000 No Pick
2001 No Pick
2002 8 Roy Williams *  Oklahoma S
2003 5 Terence Newman *  Kansas State CB
2004 No Pick [i]
2005 11 DeMarcus Ware *  Troy LB
20 Marcus Spears LSU DE [j]
2006 18 Bobby Carpenter Ohio State LB
2007 26 Anthony Spencer *  Purdue LB [k]
2008 22 Felix Jones Arkansas RB [l]
25 Mike Jenkins *  South Florida CB [m]
2009 No Pick [n]
2010 24 Dez Bryant *  Oklahoma State WR [o]
2011 9 Tyron Smith *  USC T
2012 6 Morris Claiborne LSU CB
2013 31 Travis Frederick *  Wisconsin C [p]
2014 16 Zack Martin *[3]  Notre Dame T
2015 27 Byron Jones *  UConn DB
2016 4 Ezekiel Elliott *  Ohio State RB
2017 28 Taco Charlton Michigan DE
2018 19

Leighton Vander Esch * 

Boise State LB
2019 No Pick
2020 17 CeeDee Lamb Oklahoma WR
2021 24

Micah Parsons * 

Penn State LB
2022 17 Tyler Smith Tulsa T

Footnotes

References

  1. ^ Alder, James. ""NFL Draft Basics:Determining Order of Selection"". football.about.com. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  2. ^ "42nd Award Winner". Archived from the original on June 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  3. ^ "C.J. Mosley outdoes Ray Lewis with rookie Pro Bowl selection, eyes playoffs". 28 December 2014.
  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.