Like all NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys have their fair share of question marks at the end of the preseason. Some of these questions include whether their offensive line will be able to hold up throughout a 17-game season? Will the defense make progress and hold onto the team like they did in 2020? Will Dak Prescott stay healthy and the offense picks up?
Despite all of these questions, there is one thing that never seems to be a real question in Dallas. The talent on their list. The Cowboys’ rosters past and present might be a little on the heavy side, but they still seem to have as much sheer talent as anyone else in the league.
Launderer report backed that belief on Sunday, ranking the Cowboys the third most talented player in the NFL. Dallas was behind just the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs, the two teams that went to the super bowl last season.
Here’s what they had to say about the Cowboys roster.
It’s easy to forget the Dallas Cowboys after their bad season last year. But that would be a mistake in part because of Dak Prescott. Before playing just five games last year, he threw for 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns against 11 interceptions in 2019. One of the league’s top assistants operates behind one of the top offensive lines, which includes the tackle left Tyron Smith and right guard Zack Martin — and guaranteed limitless stability and production is what helps the Cowboys rank higher than the Ravens.
Prescott also works with one of the best actors around. Ezekiel Elliott is a star running back, Amari Cooper is the No.1 spreader, 2020 No.17 pick CeeDee Lamb has a huge advantage, and Michael Gallup could be one of the most underrated spreaders (843 yards , five touchdowns, 14.3 yards per catch last season).
Don’t sleep on the defensive either, after last year’s almost historic ineptitude. Better coaching and programs under the leadership of new coordinator Dan Quinn should get more pillars like Jaylon Smith. Either way, Smith resides with a stacked linebacker core alongside Leighton Vander Esch and 2021 No.12 pick Micah Parsons. While the rebuilt defense has yet to prove it on the pitch, the passing rush led by DeMarcus Lawrence and an infusion of defensive talent (eight of the team’s 11 draft picks, of which the top six were defensemen) point to the up arrow next to an attack with the best potential in the league.
In attack, it would be difficult to find a more talented team. If they’re perfectly healthy, the Cowboys have at least six players capable of playing at an All-Pro level. Even on the weaker side of the team, Dallas has renowned talents like DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory, Micah Parsons and Leighton Vander Esch.
The question for the Cowboys has never been about the top 10 to 15 players in their roster, but about the other 38 or so. Dallas has always had its stars, but it lacked rosters deep enough to take a real step forward in the playoffs.
Time will tell if this year will be any different.