News: DC.COM: The Top 10: Cowboys' Best Draft Classes

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    (Editor's Note: From the home office in Irving, Texas, has this week's top 10 list, a ranking of the best draft classes in team history as selected by the website writing staff - Nick Eatman, Rob Phillips and Josh Ellis. A new countdown will debut each Friday.)

    The 2011 NFL Draft is still fresh on the mind, and it's impossible to predict how the Cowboys' eight selections will fare in their careers. However, what is clear is that their success or failure will have a huge bearing on the team's win-loss record for years to come.

    This ranking of the top 10 draft classes in NFL history proves that much. The team had a smattering of success in the draft in the 1960s and '70s, in the midst of a 20-year stretch of winning football. A down period followed in the last of the '70s and through most of the '80s, when the Cowboys went through a long period of doldrums. Several strong drafts led to the 1990s dynasty, but too many busts since then are largely responsible for the team having just one playoff win since 1996.

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