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

[tps_title]7. Patrick Crayton, WR, 2004[/tps_title]

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Crayton steadily worked his way up from the practice squad to a prominent role in the Cowboys offense. By 2006, coinciding with Tony Romo’s emergence as starting quarterback, Patrick was one of the team’s top three receivers and remained such for the next four seasons.

While primarily the third receiver from 2006-2009, Crayton started 33 games and often had to take on larger roles due to injuries. As the Cowboys transitioned from the days of Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn to Miles Austin and Roy Williams, Crayton was a reliable fixture.

Despite all the good he did for the Cowboys, Patrick Crayton is unfortunately remembered for a critical drop in the 2007 playoff loss to the Giants. That ’07 team is considered one of the best roster Dallas ever put together that didn’t win a Super Bowl, and Crayton catches blame for that.

In addition to receiving duties Patrick was the Dallas’ punt returner for most of his time. His best year was the last one, 2009, when he had two return touchdowns.

After Dallas selected Dez Bryant in the 2010 Draft, Crayton requested his release. It came in the form of a trade to San Diego, but Patrick never caught on with the Charges and eventually faded out of the NFL.

Overall, Patrick Crayton had a surprisingly solid NFL career. He was a significant member of the team’s playoff runs in 2006, 2007, and 2009 and provided a reliable receiver during Tony Romo’s early years.

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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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