4. La’el Collins, OT, – No. 51
2021 Snaps: 702 | 2021 PFF Grade: 85.7
La’el Collins is often known as the “enforcer” by his teammates. You probably remember when the big guy was ejected in the fourth quarter of the Week 15 matchup against Washington. When William Bradley-King hit quarterback Dak Prescott after he threw the ball, Collins was there to show that no one messes with his quarterback. That attitude makes him well-loved by his coaches, teammates, and fans.
Unfortunately, like Smith, Collins missed a good amount of the year with injuries. He was only able to play in 12 games this season. But when he was on the field, he made his presence known and helped the offensive line stay strong. Collins allowed just 20 pressures on over 500 snaps. With the Cowboys facing immense cap issues, there are rumors that Collins might be a cap casualty due to his injury-prone nature and age. But, it seems finding a new, worthy right tackle is probably more difficult in relation to how much money the team could save.
4. CeeDee Lamb, WR – No. 57
2021 Snaps: 880 | 2021 PFF Grade: 84.9
This was one of the ones we were pretty surprised about. While Lamb was a top receiver for the Cowboys this year, he certainly didn’t have a standout season amongst all wide receivers in the league. Although he had an over 1,000-yard year, Lamb didn’t have a touchdown in the final seven weeks of the season.
PFF seems to think that the reason for that decline is the quarterback and offensive issues down the stretch. Lamb also led the Cowboys in receiving yards and ended up getting an invite to the Pro Bowl this year. His 1,102 yards ranked him 14th in the league despite having to compete with several other talented receivers on the Dallas roster.
On the list, receivers ranked above him were Cooper Kupp, Davante Adams, Deebo Samuel, Justin Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase, and Tyreek Hill. Receivers ranked below him were Tee Higgins, Stefon Diggs, Tyler Lockett, A.J. Brown, and D.K. Metcalf. Do you think Lamb deserves to be in the middle of the pack?