Originally Posted by ologan
Now that you have that one right.....Who was the FIRST player picked by the Dallas Cowboys....The year before Bob Lilly was drafted?
The first player(s) the Cowboys ever selected happened March 13, 1960. There were 12 other NFL teams those teams froze 25 players on their roster. The Cowboys had to choose 3 "un-frozen" players from each team. Once given the list of players they could choose they had 24 hours to decide which players they wanted. This gave them 36 as a starting point to build upon.
To my knowledge who they chose first has never been known. If you do know and could verify it I have a reason why I'd like the info. If I had to guess which of those players was first I'd say either Jerry Tubbs or Eddie LeBaron. That is merely a guess though.
The Cowboys were also not permitted to Draft any players in 1960, though they could trade future draft picks for players. This was how they acquired Don Meredith of SMU. He was drafted in the 3rd round by the Bears.
The rest of their squad had to be created after the other teams waived players. It truly was a team of cast offs.
Walt Garrison, in his book, Once a Cowboy
, described how bad that first team was by saying that "the Cowboys highlight film, and the NFL blooper film were the exact same film. They just changed the labels before shipping it out."
As bad as they were though, 7 of the players on that very first team were elected to at least 1 Pro Bowl, or named All Pro during their careers. A testament, to me at least, that Tom Landry flat out knew what he was doing.