La'el Collins' draft stock started to drop when it was announced that he was scheduled to talk to the Louisiana State police about the shooting death of a pregnant woman with whom he previously had a relationship. He eventually went undrafted after his agents threatened to have him sit out the season and enter the 2016 NFL Draft, if any NFL team selected him after the third round.
The Cowboys wanted an elite wide receiver to pair with Raghib Ismail and turned to the Seattle Seahawks for the rights to Joey Galloway, signing him to a deal that made him the second highest paid wide receiver in the league at the time. Four years later, they would trade Galloway to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Keyshawn Johnson.
When the schedule came out in April 2016, two games that everyone expected to be a tough stretch for the Cowboys were consecutive contests against Pittsburgh and Baltimore. But in those two games, Dak Prescott not only led his team to a pair of wins, but became the first rookie in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions in consecutive games.
Linebacker and defensive captain Sean Lee produced 22 team-credited tackles during a loss to the New York Giants on December 11, 2016 -- the most ever by a Cowboys player in a single game. Lee and former linebacker great Lee Roy Jordan held the previous franchise record with 21.