Who is the greatest first round pick in Dallas Cowboys history?

We’re starting a new poll series today at Cowboys Blitz. The Cowboys have now taken part in 57 drafts, and their hard work has produced 76 Pro Bowlers (Some of those didn’t make the Pro Bowl until after leaving Dallas).

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So we’re setting out to identify the best picks in Cowboys history, as chosen by you, the Cowboys Blitz reader. Today we lead off with Dallas’ greatest first round picks, in an effort to figure out who is the best.

BOB LILLY – DT – 1961 (Round 1, Pick 13)


*11x Pro Bowler
*1960s and 1970s All-Decade Team
*NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
*Pro Football Hall of Fame
*Super Bowl VI champion

RANDY WHITE – DT – 1975 (Round 1, Pick 2)


*9x Pro Bowler
*1980s All-Decade Team
*Pro Football Hall of Fame
*Super Bowl XII Co-MVP
*Super Bowl XII champion

TONY DORSETT – RB – 1977 (Round 1, Pick 2)


*4x Pro Bowler
*1977 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
*Retired as the NFL’s 2nd all-time leading rusher (12,739 yards)
*Pro Football Hall of Fame
*Super Bowl XII champion

MICHAEL IRVIN – WR – 1988 (Round 1, Pick 11)


*5x Pro Bowler
*1990s All-Decade Team
*Cowboys all-time leader in receiving yards
*Pro Football Hall of Fame
*3x Super Bowl champion

TROY AIKMAN – QB – 1989 (Round 1, Pick 1)


*6x Pro Bowler
*111.9 Super Bowl passer rating
*4th-highest playoff winning percentage of all time, minimum 15 starts (Bradshaw, Brady, Montana)
*Pro Football Hall of Fame
*3x Super Bowl champion

EMMITT SMITH – RB – 1990 (Round 1, Pick 17)


*8x Pro Bowler
*1990s All-Decade Team
*NFL’s all-time leader in rushing yards
*Pro Football Hall of Fame
*3x Super Bowl champion

DEMARCUS WARE – DE – 2005 (Round 1, Pick 11)


*9x Pro Bowler
*2000s All-Decade Team
*2011 NFC Defensive Player of the Year
*8th all-time in sacks
*Super Bowl L champion

TYRON SMITH – OT – 2011 (Round 1, Pick 9)


*4x Pro Bowler
*4x All-Pro
*#1 ranked NFL offensive lineman, 2017 (NFL Top 100)
*First Cowboys OL to make four Pro Bowls before the age of 27
*Only 4x All-Pro LT in Cowboys history

Zack Martin – OG – 2014 (Round 1, Pick 16)


*3x Pro Bowler
*3x All-Pro
*One of only two OL (Gary Zimmerman) in modern NFL history named All-Pro in each of first three seasons
*Only OG in NFL history named Pro Bowler in each of first three seasons
*#1 ranked NFL right guard, 2016 (Pro Football Focus)

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