Jason Hatcher – Defensive Tackle
Make all the jokes you want about how historically bad this year’s version of the defense has been, just be sure to leave Hatcher out of them. Hatch is third in the entire league in sacks and the only defensive tackle in the top 15. As the anchor of one of the most astronomically doomed units in the entire league and playing next to guys who didn’t even have a jersey the week before, he has dominated opposing offensive lines. Hatcher is easily having a season equal to anything Jay Ratliff ever had as a Cowboy and he made four Pro-Bowls. This should be Hatcher’s first. If it is not, an already suspect process will be the real joke.
Tyron Smith - Offensive Tackle
Consider this. When Dallas runs to the left side of their line, they have picked up 31 first downs and have had 16 rushes go for 10 yards or more. When the Cowboys run up the middle or to the right, they have combined for 22 first downs and only 9 rushes over ten yards. Smith is also one of the league’s least penalized offensive linemen and the leader of a much improved unit that has given up only 2.3 sacks per game, good enough for seventh best in the league. There is no scout or GM in the league who would not choose Smith as the first option for their left tackle job considering he is still is still nine days away from being only 23 years old. This should be the first of many Pro Bowl’s for the up and coming superstar.
Dwayne Harris - Special Teams
Harris is in the top five in the following categories: kick return yards, kick return average, punt return yards, punt return average and punt return touchdowns. He is first in punt return average, tied for first in punt return touchdowns and second in kick return yards. That alone should be enough to get him into the Pro Bowl but then you consider he also has eight tackles and a fumble recovery as the gunner on special teams defense. None of the other players in the top five of these statistics even play coverage on kicks, let alone make plays. One would have to think this makes Harris a lock to be the representative for the position.