Ranking the Dallas Cowboys' Best Draft Picks of the Last Decade

Which draft picks did the Cowboys knock out of the park?
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1. Dak Prescott, QB (2016)

With Tony Romo struggling to stay healthy, the Cowboys went into the 2016 offseason hoping to find an heir to groom behind him. They famously wanted to trade up for Paxton Lynch, but an infuriated Jerry Jones was overruled. Eventually, they settled on Dak Prescott out of Mississippi State in Round 4.

A compensatory pick at No. 135, Prescott was seen as a project player but he impressed from the moment he arrived. Dallas was thankful he ended up picking up the pro game as quickly as he did since he was the Week 1 starter when Romo and Kellen Moore were injured in the preseason.

Prescott not only kept the job but he won the 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award after leading his team to a 13-3 mark. Now after eight seasons, Dallas is 73-41 when Prescott starts and they’ve made the playoffs five times.

Known for his stroking leadership, Prescott has completed 67 percent of his attempts for 29,459 yards with a 202-to-74 touchdown-to-interception ratio. At just 30 years of age, Prescott is already third all-time in passing yards in franchise history — behind Romo and Troy Aikman — and second in touchdown — with only Romo ahead of him. 

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