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Disaster in Dallas: The 12 Worst 1st-Round Picks in Cowboys History

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Disaster in Dallas: The 12 Worst 1st-Round Picks in Cowboys History
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The draft success of the Cowboys can be best defined by a three-year stretch (1988-90) in which Dallas nabbed famed "Triplets," WR Michael Irvin, QB Troy Aikman and RB Emmitt Smith, building the foundation for three Super Bowl titles and Hall of Fame inductions for all three.

Yet, for each legend the Cowboys have grabbed off the board, the first round has also led to its share of inexplicable selections, players that looked as if they would help keep "America's Team" afloat, but eventually became shining examples of how a franchise that revolutionized the approach to drafting can be imperfect.

As Dallas sits on the ninth-overall selection in this year's draft, the following takes a look back at some of the biggest first-round flops in franchise annals. General manager Jerry Jones can only hope that time will be kind to whoever the Cowboys take on April 28. When compared to the following players, the bar is set pretty darn low for Dallas' next first rounder. 

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