The Cowboys are more than two weeks into free agency, but it's never too early to start focusing on the draft. Of course, the Cowboys have the 28th overall pick in the first round, but if last year proved anything, talent can be found in other places.
So for the next seven weeks leading up to the NFL Draft in late April, let's focus on the best players the Cowboys have collected in each of the seven rounds.
This week, let's focus on the 10 best sixth-round picks in Cowboys history:
Check out DallasCowboys.com's rankings of the best 6th round picks in Cowboys history.
John Phillips (2009)
Izell Reese (1998)
Anthony Brown (2016)
10. Mario Edwards (2000) – The third of three drafted cornerbacks in 2000, Edwards was clearly the best of the bunch. But he only played five seasons in the NFL, including just one in Tampa after his four seasons in Dallas. Edwards, who started 47 games with the Cowboys, did have two interceptions for touchdowns, including a 71-yard return against the Giants. Only Roy Williams (three) had more interceptions returned for scores in the decade of the 2000s than Edwards.
9. Pat Toomay (1970) – Spent the first five of his 10-year career in Dallas and started three years from 1972-74. Toomay earned a Super Bowl ring for the 1971 season in which he played every game as a reserve. Toomay had 10 total turnovers in his career, including eight fumble recoveries. After his time in Dallas, he spent five years with three teams.
8. Erik Walden (2008) – This is an example of how this list is about the best "picks" and not exactly the best Cowboys players who were sixth-rounders. Had Walden collected 31 sacks for the Cowboys he's certainly a lot higher on this list. But the Cowboys decided to release him at the end of camp. Walden spent a couple of years trying to find a solid spot before the Packers made him a starter in 2011. Walden has 86 career starts, including 16 this past season for the Colts as he posted a career-best 11 sacks.
7. Timmy Newsome (1980)– One of the more unique players the Cowboys have had, but Tom Landry found the right role for him. Newsome wasn't the featured back because he shared time with Tony Dorsett on Ron Springs. And Newsome's 6-1, 235-pound frame wasn't the prototypical fullback. But he played both roles at times and was a good blocker and receiver out of the backfield. Newsome spent his entire nine-year career with the Cowboys, scoring 30 career touchdowns.
6. Dwayne Harris (2011) – A true definition of a "special teams ace," Harris simply does it all in the kicking game, and can be a serviceable receiver. But you'll find cover guys like Bill Bates and returner such as Deion Sanders. Harris, however, is a cross between them as he not only ran down kickoffs and punts but was also a dangerous returner with the Cowboys and in his two seasons with the Giants. Harris not only beat the Cowboys on a kickoff return in 2015 but earned his first Pro Bowl this past season with the Giants.
5. Nick Folk (2007) – One of three players on this list to earn a Pro Bowl, Folk is the only rookie kicker in Cowboys history selected to the Pro Bowl. Folk's 53-yard field goal against the Bills in 2007 was arguably his best moment with the Cowboys. After three years in Dallas, Folk spent the next seven seasons with the Jets, which included a game-winning field goal to beat the Cowboys in 2011. Folk ranks in the top 50 all-time in points scored, field goals made and field-goal percentage.
4. Jim Cooper (1977)– One of the core players on the Cowboys' offensive line in the 1980s. Cooper actually earned a Super Bowl ring as a rookie on the 1977 squad, but became a starter in 1979. He played in many playoffs games, mostly at right tackle. He started 99 career games and played 10 more in the postseason. All of Cooper's 10 seasons in the NFL were with the Cowboys.
3. Eugene Lockhart (1984) – While it had a nice ring to it, the nickname "Eugene the hitting machine" had some merit as well. Lockhart was a physical linebacker who still holds the Cowboys' single-season record for tackles when he posted 222 in the 1989 season. Lockhart ranks eighth in franchise history with 897 tackles in just seven seasons. His average of 128.1 per season ranks second in Cowboys history only to Dexter Coakley (130.1).
2. D.D. Lewis (1968) – A mainstay in the middle of the Cowboys' Doomsday Defense, Lewis is in elite company to actually play in three different decades for the Cowboys. Lewis took over for Ring of Honor member Chuck Howley as the starting right side linebacker in 1973. He not only played in 27 career playoff games, but was a starter in the last three Super Bowls of the 1970s. An owner of two Super Bowl rings, Lewis had 22 turnovers, including eight career interceptions.
1. George Andrie (1962)– While Harvey Martin, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Charles Haley and DeMarcus Ware are considered the best defensive ends/pass rushers in franchise history, Andrie is arguably the first great defensive end in club history. A five-time Pro Bowler from 1965-69, Andrie was a key member of the first Doomsday Defense. For eight straight years from 1964-71, he started 112 straight regular-season games. The last game he started for the Cowboys was Super Bowl VI to cap off the 1971 season.