Best Draft Picks
Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Dez Bryant, Daryl Johnston, Russell Maryland, Leon Lett, Larry Allen, Anthony Spencer, Demarcus Ware, Jason Witten
Worst Draft Picks
Kevin Smith, Shante Carver, David LaFleur, Quincy Carter, Felix Jones
How can we grade Jerry Jones? He has been the Cowboys general manager since 1989, with plenty of peaks and a few valleys since then for his team.
For starters, Jones took two Hall of Famers in consecutive years when he grabbed Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith. He would add another one in Larry Allen a few years later.
Of course, his exact role in making those draft picks is a point of dispute, and Jones hasn't drafted any obvious Hall of Famers since the '90s. It is for those reasons he isn't ranked higher.
For all the flak Jones gets, he has actually had a good record in the draft. No general manager is without bad draft picks, especially one with a long tenure.
Jones might be a bombastic owner with a stubborn streak and recent mediocrity issues, but the draft got him to three Super Bowl titles in the '90s and it could get him there again with some time.