Ranking the Cowboys Last 10 First-Round Picks, Worst to Best

The last 10 1st-round picks for the Cowboys ranked worst to best.
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2. Zack Martin, OG (2014)

It was brutally tough not to put Zack Martin on top of this list, but positional value wins out a little bit.

Although when you really break it down, Martin might be one of the best picks the Cowboys have ever made, regardless of the last 10 years, 20 years, or 30 years. He's arguably the best guard in the NFL over the last decade and has the hardware to prove it.

Martin has been named to the Pro Bowl or All-Pro teams every single year of his career except for the 2020 season in which he only played in 10 games. And he was probably one of the most dominant players at guard in the NFL that year for those 10 games, too.

Martin is a future Hall of Famer and is closing in on $100 million in career earnings. When it comes to consistency, longevity, availability, and pure dominance, it's hard to argue the Cowboys have made a better selection in the NFL Draft over the last decade.

But there is one player who deserves that nod, even though he hasn't been in the league nearly as long as Martin...

1. CeeDee Lamb, WR (2020)

Over the last four years, CeeDee Lamb has developed into one of the most dominant weapons in the NFL at the wide receiver position.

As a matter of fact, there are maybe just a handful of players in the entire league that you would take over him right now in terms of non-quarterbacks, offensively or defensively. Lamb finished last season third in the league in Offensive Player of the Year voting. He's been named to three straight Pro Bowls, a second-team All-Pro in 2022, and a first-team All-Pro nod in 2023.

Lamb's dominance is all the more impressive when you consider the fact that Dallas force-feeds him the ball every single week. He continues to find ways to get open, he continues to find ways to make plays when getting double covered or bracketed. He makes plays deep downfield. He moves the chains consistently. He comes up with clutch catches. He's dominant in the red zone.

Lamb had 135 catches for over 1,700 yards last season and a career-high 12 touchdowns.

And this feels like only the beginning.

When you consider his production to this point -- 438 career touches, 5,463 total yards from scrimmage -- it's hard to imagine that Lamb is only going into his 5th NFL season in 2024 at the age of 25.

He's already on a Hall of Fame trajectory, and he's about to reset the market for wide receivers with whatever contract he gets in the very near future.

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