The 2021 NFL season has come to a close. While many teams are already looking ahead to next season, the minds at Pro Football Focus comprised a list of the top 101 players from the 2021 season. The Dallas Cowboys have seven players on this list. Some of them make a ton of sense and some are a bit surprising.
When putting the list together, PFF had three criteria. First, the list is for the 2021 season only, no prior play was taken into account. Second, they tried to look at all positions equally. So, even though the quarterback is a highly valuable position, the top 32 players aren’t all quarterbacks. Lastly, the postseason is included in their evaluation of all the players.
Here are the top 10 names:
- Trent Williams, Tackle, San Francisco 49ers
- Aaron Donald, DI, Los Angeles Rams
- Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
- Zack Martin, G, Dallas Cowboys
- Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
- Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
- Myles Garrett, Edge, Cleveland Browns
- Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers
- Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Micah Parsons, LB, Dallas Cowboys
Two Cowboys in the top ten! Two guys who will be ready to come back and continue to make a difference next season. Let’s take a look at who is on this list and where they all stand.
Seeing where the 7 Dallas Cowboys on PFF’s Top 101 players list land amongst the league
1. Zack Martin, G – No. 4
2021 Snaps: 1,105 | 2021 PFF Grade: 94.3
Martin is an amazing guard, but being in the top five in the entire league is pretty wild. He is the only offensive lineman below the Niners’ Trent Williams. Martin allowed 23 pressures in 17 total games. This year was Martin’s best season, and he was one of the most consistent players on the Cowboys roster. Martin was named to both the Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro this season, marking his fifth All-Pro roster. The guard has been named to the Pro Bowl in seven of his eight years in the league. If that doesn’t show consistently and excellence, I’m not sure what else does.