The Dallas Cowboys have a lot of talented young players. Here are some who could breakout next season.
The Dallas Cowboys finished their 2020 with a disappointing 6-10 record. The team will be missing out on the playoffs for the second year in a row. However, there were some silver linings this year for fans of America’s Team.
The organization saw the emergence of players like rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb and tight end Dalton Shultz. Dallas also saw some of its top players, like left tackle Tyron Smith and quarterback Dak Prescott, go down with season-ending injuries.
This season was defined by sloppy play and unfortunate injuries for the Cowboys. The team finished with one of the worst scoring defenses in the league and struggled to consistently move the ball without their starting quarterback Prescott under center.
Now that the 2020 NFL season is officially behind us it is now time to start looking ahead at the future of America’s Team. The organization will have the tenth overall pick in this upcoming NFL Draft to address some of their needs and may also dip their toes into free agency as well.
However, considering the fact that the teams’ draft picks and potential free-agent pickups are currently purely speculative it would probably be more productive to focus on players who are currently on Dallas’s roster. Without further ado here is a list of five players currently on the Dallas Cowboys who could break out in 2021.
5. Tyler Biadasz, Center
The Dallas Cowboys 2020 rookie draft class was one of the few bright spots for fans of America’s Team during this otherwise disappointing year. That draft class included relatively “big name” players including wideout CeeDee Lamb and cornerback Trevon Diggs. Both of those players played admirably during their rookie campaigns and should have Cowboys fans excited for their futures.
However, that draft class also included less flashy players like center Tyler Biadasz. Dallas drafted Biadasz in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft to fill the vacancy left by the surprise retirement of Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick.
The 23-year old offensive lineman headed into the season with high expectations that he could potentially become the successor to Frederick. However, the rookie started out the year playing behind veteran center Joe Looney and did not get many reps during the first couple of games. That all changed when Looney suffered an MCL sprain against the Cleveland Browns in only the fourth game of the season.
The Wisconsin Badger product was thrown into the fire against a solid Cleveland pass rush and ended up starting the next four games for Dallas. Unfortunately, Biadasz saw his rookie campaign prematurely ended with an injury of his own before the organizations’ matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Overall, it was a mixed year for the 23-year old who showed some potential in his limited playing time but also struggled at times against NFL pass rushers. The expectations for Biadasz will likely be a bit tamped down heading into the 2021 season. However, at the time he was drafted many analysts pointed at the Wisconsin product as a potential steal.
With some NFL experience under his belt and (hopefully) a healthy second-season for the Dallas Cowboys, it is very possible that Biadasz could take a significant step forward next year. The young center certainly has big shoes to fill, but he is definitely a player to watch out for next season.