Position Series: TE Could Provide Mid-Round Gems

The Cowboys were looking to find at least two, possibly three starting players with their first three draft picks back in 2003. After taking Terence Newman with the fifth overall pick, the Cowboys were sitting pretty in the second round, eyeing Tennessee tight end Jason Witten with the 38th overall pick.
However, when the Cowboys got on the clock, they were convinced they could get better value by drafting center Al Johnson of Wisconsin. They figured they could pick up a tight end later in the draft. So the Cowboys took Johnson and started evaluating the rest of the tight end class for a possible third-round pick. But when the Cowboys' turn to pick once again at No. 69 arrived, Witten was amazingly still on the board. The Cowboys even received a phone call from another team, trying to trade for that spot because they had to have a certain player. As it turned out, that team wanted Witten, but it was too late, the Cowboys had already made the pick, getting a player they had a first-round grade on, in the third round.
After five years, Witten has not only established himself as the Cowboys' best tight end in franchise history, but one of the NFL's best as well.He's made four straight Pro Bowls and is coming off a spectacular 2007 campaign in which he led the team with 96 catches for 1,145 yards and seven touchdowns.

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