More Cowboys likely to make the Pro Bowl
– La’el Collins: The right tackle was one of the best in the league in 2019, but was snubbed for some reason, maybe because he plays on the right. Left guard is the more glamorous side, protecting the blind side of the quarterback. Nevertheless, I think Collins has a good chance this coming year. He’s very, very good.
Just for the sake of comparison, Collins played every snap of every game in 2019, had five penalties, and allowed two sacks. PFF gave him an overall grade of 86.4.
Meanwhile, Tyron Smith started 13 games, had eight penalties, and allowed one sack, earning him an overall grade of 76.6 from PFF. So as good as Smith is (he’s made the Pro Bowl seven times in a row), PFF graded Collins higher. So, snub really was the appropriate word for missing the big game last year. Let’s hope that’s rectified this year.
– DeMarcus Lawrence: The defensive end only had five sacks in 2019, but he had 25 over the previous two seasons. And even with his lower sack count, Lawrence made 10 tackles for loss and 16 quarterback hits. Also consider, he was recovering from offseason surgery last year.
So, I think Lawrence has an excellent chance to rebound this year. He’s also said this himself. “You don’t have to worry about nothing. Trust me, the sack number will be back up,” as reported by Mike Fisher at Sports Illustrated.
The following players also have a reasonable chance of making the Pro Bowl
– CeeDee Lamb: The Oklahoma wideout was billed as the top receiver in the draft by many analysts before mysteriously falling to the Cowboys at pick 17. Do yourself a favor. Watch some of Lamb’s tape on YouTube. He’s amazing. If he gets a fast start his rookie year, watch out.
– Gerald McCoy: When the Cowboys signed the defensive tackle McCoy in the offseason, I was pretty excited. Finally, the team had invested resources in the interior D-line. But I didn’t realize just how good the three-technique was until I did my column last week.
I knew he was a Pro Bowl player. But I hadn’t realized McCoy had been to the honor game six straight times, and been a first-team All-Pro three times. This guy is practically the defensive equivalent of Zack Martin, and has a good shot of making the Hall of Fame.
He’s also very motivated to bounce back after a down season (for him) last year. He’s lost 20 pounds and posted pictures on Instagram looking ripped, according to Adam Wells at Bleacher Report. Have you ever lost 20 pounds? It’s not easy. He looks inspired to me.