The Dallas Cowboys have had success with many of their first-round draft picks, selecting players such as Ezekiel Elliott, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin and Dez Bryant in recent years. But it's the players who went under the radar and slid down draft boards that have sometimes ended up being the most impactful in Big D. Without further ado, here are the top three NFL Draft steals in Dallas Cowboys history.
3. Dak Prescott
The current Cowboys QB and heir to Tony Romo was taken in the fourth round at 135th overall in the 2016 NFL draft. Starting immediately after being taken due to an injury to Romo, Dak Prescott ran away with the job and has since been an absolute diamond in the rough, earning Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and making two Pro Bowls in his first three seasons. He has a 96.0 QB rating with 67 touchdowns and 25 interceptions, and led the Cowboys to their first playoff win in four years this past season. The future is bright for this legitimate steal.
2. Jason Witten
Selected 69th overall in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft, Jason Witten became the best tight end in franchise history and one of the best of all time. He played all 15 seasons of his career with Dallas, and is now coming out of retirement for a 16th campaign after one year in the broadcast booth. Witten has made 11 Pro Bowls, earned the Walter Payton Man of the Year award and is the Cowboys' all-time leader in receptions with 1,152. He is second all-time in both career receptions by a tight end and receptions in a single season by a tight end, and will surely be in the Hall of Fame in due time.
1. Roger Staubach
Roger Staubach was taken in the 10th round at 129th overall in the 1964 NFL draft. Teams were not willing to wait for Staubach to fulfill his military commitment after graduating from the Naval Academy, but the Cowboys decided he would be worth the wait. Debuting in 1969 at the age of 27, he would end his career with six Pro Bowls and two Super Bowl titles, and led the NFL in passer rating four times. Staubach remains eighth on the Cowboys all-time rushing list with 2,264 yards, and second in career passing yards with 22,700. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985, and will forever be remembered as one of the greatest players in franchise history.
The majority of the time teams find their leaders and skilled players in the first round. Dallas was fortunate enough to find three players who have had major impacts in the later rounds of the draft. These three draft steals are the biggest in Cowboy's franchise history.