The twelve-man panel included prominent former NFL General Managers Ron Wolf, Eddie Accorsi, and Bill Polian. It also included respected former front office and player personnel figures like Joel Bussert, Gil Brandt, and John Wooten; renowned media members Rick Gosselin, John Turney, Bob McGinn, and Peter King himself; Ron Wolf and Joe Horrigan from the Hall of Fame; and - bizarrely - Dan Fouts.
The first 12 picks of the all-time draft featured eight different positions:
- Quarterback (Johnny Unitas, Tom Brady, Otto Graham, Joe Montana, John Elway)
- Linebacker (Lawrence Taylor)
- Defensive tackle (Joe Greene)
- Tackle (Joe Munoz)
- Running back (Jim Brown)
- Defensive end (Reggie White)
- Wide receiver (Don Hutson)
- Punter (Ray Guy - the first in a series of very odd picks by Dan Fouts)
Roger Staubach just missed the first round and was picked with the 13th overall pick of the second round by Joel Bussert. Staubach headlines a long list of Cowboys that made the list:
13. Roger Staubach, QB
26. Bob Lilly, DT
37. Randy White, DT
41. Larry Allen, OG
124. Mel Renfro, S
126. Rayfield Wright, OT
152. Emmitt Smith, RB
155. Bob Hayes, WR
174. Cliff Harris, S
187. Demarcus Ware, OLB
210. Chuck Howley, LB
213. Jason Witten, TE
223. Zack Martin, OG
234. Troy Aikman, QB
258. Travis Frederick, OC
267. Michael Irvin, WR
290. Tony Dorsett, RB
That's 17 former and current Cowboys that spent most or all of their career in Dallas. Other former Cowboys players getting recognition that spent part of their career in Dallas: Deion Sanders, Charles Haley, Forrest Gregg, Lance Alworth, Mike Ditka, Herb Adderly, Terrell Owens, Ray Childress.
Keep in mind that the objective of this draft was not to identify the top 300 players of all time, but to build a team with 11 offensive and 11 defensive players, along with a punter and a kicker.
Still, that's a pretty impressive list for the Cowboys.
Which brings us to our Question of the Day: Which current and which former Cowboys player would you choose to start a franchise with?
Comparing players across eras is always a bit tricky (a 260-pound All Pro tackle from the 1960s might be considered undersized today) but as we're looking for that foundational player for our franchise, we're more concerned with intangibles than with any measurables anyway.
So who'll it be for you? Give us one former and one current player, regardless of whether their name is on the list above or not. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.