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Dallas Cowboys Draft History: Greatest 7th-Round Picks of All Time

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Cowboys Blog - The Wright Stuff: #70, Linemen, and Rayfield

Before was finally added, Rayfield Wright was the only offensive lineman on the Cowboys' . He remains the gold standard for offensive tackles in team .

And guess what? He entered the as a .

Dallas drafted Wright in 1967 to play TE and also tried him at during his first two seasons. He didn't find his HOF calling on the until his third year.

With injured, Rayfield had to line up against another future Hall of Famer in the Rams' Deacon Jones. His performance helped him secure the starting job at in 1970 and for the rest of the decade.

Wright was the cornerstone for the Cowboys' great offensive line of the 70s. He went to six Pro Bowls and was a top player for two teams. He was named a First Team All-Pro in three seasons and made the Second Team three other times. He is on the 1970s All Decade Team according to the Pro Football .

Rayfield was finally inducted to the HOF in 2006, many years overdue for the honor.

While the accolades speak for themselves, praise for Wright isn't hard to find. Check out the following quote from his legendary :

“He was absolutely the best… Rayfield was a big, strong guy that was able to transfer his size and strength from tight end to . He also had such quick feet that he was able to deal with some of the faster defensive ends and even the blitzes. If he got beat, I don't remember it.”

Clearly, Rayfield Wright was as good as they come regardless of his draft pick.

The fact that Dallas found him as a raw athlete with a 7th-round pick and turned him into one of the best offensive tackles in NFL history isn't just good drafting. It's one their greatest accomplishments in player development as a franchise.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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