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

[tps_title]9. Alan Ball, DB, 2007[/tps_title]

Alan Ball

Part of the first rookie class under Wade Phillips, Ball entered the NFL as a CB and spent most of 2007 on the practice squad.

He then worked his way onto the roster and then served from 2008-2009 as a backup corner and special teams player.

Phillips decided to convert Alan from corner to safety in 2010 and Ball earned a starting job. It only lasted one year, though, and Ball moved back into reserve duty when Dallas signed veteran Abram Elam in 2011.

After his rookie deal expired with the Cowboys, Ball followed Wade Phillips to the Houston Texans. He remained backup for one year and then joined Jacksonville in 2013.

For two years he played as a starting CB for the Jaguars before injuries marred the last few years of his career.

Alan Ball provided great value for a 7th-round pick. He played out his rookie deal in Dallas and even served as a full-time starter for one season. His versatility kept him employed for a decade in the NFL, which is way more than a lot of guys drafted ahead of him can say.

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Written by 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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  1. I like Aaron Parker from Rhode Island for round 7. He would give better rotational depth at WR. If I’m Dallas I would honestly get him and get his teammate WR in the 5th also. Dallas would get 2 WR’S in this draft I think both of them would be steals.

  2. Get Isaiah Culter and Aaron Parker as a WR from Rhode Island. I think they would be awesome in Dallas and be steals in the mid-later rounds.

  3. The name alone, Bullet Bob, says it all. Hayes changed the game and was a true home run hitter every time he touched the ball. He is the best seventh rounder! And as the article mentioned, he was a great returner. He brought an excitement to the game that very few others could match. He was one of the players that kept the Cowboys a very popular team, with a rich, great history.

    Cowboys are America’s Team! And hopefully with the FAs and the right draft picks, they can compete for another Championship. Dak better take his big head out of his a$$, and get on board. If not, hopefully the front office has a plan B.

  4. “Mike Hegman was a backup linebacker and special teams player for his first four seasons. He helped the Cowboys win Super Bowl XIII in a big way, returning a Terry Bradshaw fumble for a touchdown.”

    The Cowboys didn’t win Super Bowl XIII. The Steelers did.

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