Following the historic performance of the rookies in the Dallas Cowboys 2016 class, the 2017 draft class should have a few instant contributors as well.
During the 2016 NFL season, we saw the Dallas Cowboys franchise emerge from the ashes of Tony Romo‘s career, what seemed to be a window of opportunity closing, and rise like a majestic phoenix in the form of a historic rookie class.
That rookie class included a fourth round pick that went on to be the NFL Rookie of the Year, Mr. Rayne Dakota Prescott himself. The new franchise quarterback has merely agitated the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his physical and mental potential as a leader and field general.
It also included the NFL’s defending rushing yards champion in Ezekiel Elliott. He ran for over 1600 yards in 14 and a half games and seems to be primed for a great sophomore season.
Zeke and Dak are both ranked in the top 20 of the NFL’s Top 100 players list that is voted on by the players.
Supplementing the two dynamic starters in the backfield were rookies on the defensive side of the ball in defensive tackle Maliek Collins and cornerback Anthony Brown that both excelled in their roles and look to be significant contributors to a defense that is going to shock people in years to come.
Last year’s rookie class also featured three red shirt players in second round pick and linebacker Jaylon Smith, fourth round pick and defensive end Charles Tapper, and sixth round pick in tight end Rico Gathers. Smith and Tapper were redshirts due to injuries and Rico was a redshirt that simply needed time on the practice squad to learn how to play professional football.
When all is said and done, last year’s draft class is likely to go down as one of the greatest draft classes in history. Not just Dallas Cowboys history, but NFL history.