Back in 1991, that wait was a big shorter, as the Cowboys owned the first overall pick.
They used this pick on a defensive tackle out of the University of Miami.
Russell Maryland[get_helmet team=”dal” face=”l” align=”right” size=”md”]
Maryland's football career took some time to get off the ground, as he ended up at Miami after not being heavily recruited. With the Hurricanes, it took until his senior year to really break out.
While Maryland did not have the incredibly lengthy career in Dallas that you would expect from a #1 overall draft pick, he stepped in at just the right time. Starting all 16 games in his rookie year, the relentless defensive tackle helped lead the Jimmy Johnson led Cowboys to an 11-5 regular season record.
This season would serve as a springboard for Dallas, as they used a blowout loss to the Lions in the Divisional Round of the playoffs to win back to back Super Bowls against the Buffalo Bills in XXVII and XXVIII.
Maryland's stats improved in each of these first three years, and he made his only Pro Bowl in 1993.
Russell would play two more seasons as a Cowboy, but see a dip in his production. Still, he captured his third Super Bowl ring against the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. It would be his final season in Dallas.
Russell would join the Oakland Raiders from 1996-1999 before playing his final season as a Green Bay Packer in 2000. Maryland ended his career with 267 tackles and 24.5 sacks.
The following players have also been selected with the 1st overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys:
Too Tall Jones, DE, 1974
Troy Aikman, QB, 1989
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