Overview
The Dallas Cowboys have 12 selections in the 2009 NFL Draft, but none on the first day. Their first selection was 69th overall, which they used to take Western Illinois LB Jason Williams.

In the 2008 season, the Cowboys finished 9-7 in the regular season, finishing in third place in the NFC East.

The last time the Cowboys did not have a first round selection was in 2004. Since then, they have made six first-round picks in four drafts, five of which have been used on defensive players.
Transactions
- The Cowboys acquired the 5th pick in the 3rd round (69th overall) from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a 2008 4th-round pick on April 27, 2008.

- The Cowboys acquired the 11th pick in the 3rd round (75th overall) and the 10th pick in the 4th round (110th overall) from the Buffalo Bils in exchange for the 19th pick in the 2nd round (51st overall) on April 25, 2009.

- The Cowboys acquired the 1st pick of the 4th round (101st overall) and a 2008 4th-round pick in exchange for a 2008 3rd-round pick on April 27, 2008.

- The Cowboys acquired the 20th pick of the 4th round (120th overall) and the 20th pick of the 7th round (229th overall) from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for the 17th pick of the 4th round (117th overall) on April 26, 2009.

- The Cowboys acquired the 7th pick in the 5th round (156th overall) from the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for the 20th pick in the 5th round (156th overall) and the 1st pick in the 7th round (210th overall) on April 26, 2009.

- The Cowboys acquired the 30th pick of the 5th round (166th overall) from the Tennessee Titans as part of the conditions from the Adam Jones trade made on April 24, 2008.

- The Cowboys acquired the 24th pick of the 6th round (197th overall) and a 2008 6th-round pick from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for Jason Ferguson and a 2008 6th-round pick on Feb. 29, 2008.
- The Cowboys acquired Roy Williams and the 1st pick of the 7th round (210th overall) from the Detroit Lions in exchange for the 20th pick of the 1st round, the 18th pick of the 3rd round (82nd overall) and the 19th pick of the 6th round (192nd overall) on Oct. 14, 2008.
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