! Who could forget the 1998 draft when the Cowboys were on the clock with the eighth overall pick? Would they or wouldn't they? The electrifying wide receiver they needed with Michael Irvin heading toward 32 still was on the board. Randy Moss. Problem was, he was also the most controversial, with a history of suspensions and legal problems as well, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had just dealt with Irvin's legal problems two seasons earlier.
So when it came time to pick, the Cowboys did as 19 other teams did. They passed on Moss to take North Carolina defensive end Greg Ellis, who has turned into a solid defensive end for the first 10 years of his career.
He moved to outside linebacker in 2006 and was on his way to a smooth transition before he tore his Achilles nine games into the season. The setback not only ended his season but threatened his career.
However, Ellis came back in 2007 stronger than ever. He posted a career-high 12 ½ sacks, earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl and was named the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year.