6 Cowboys players make CBS Sports analyst’s Top 100 players list
Dallas Cowboys football is less than three months away and all of the analysts and insiders around the league are doing their best to figure out who the breakout stars and top players will be in 2022.
The most recent analyst to take a crack at ranking players in the NFL was CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco. He put together a list of the top 100 players heading into next season. The Cowboys were in a three-way tie (49ers and Bucs) for the second-most amount of players on the list with six. The Los Angeles Chargers lead the league with nine. Although the Rams only had five on the list, it’s worth noting that three of their players landed in the top 10, including Aaron Donald as the No. 1 player.
Making lists like this certainly isn’t easy, especially when you are taking all 32 teams into account. But let’s see where Prisco had the six Cowboys on his list:
- Micah Parsons: No. 14
- Zack Martin: No. 16
- Tyron Smith: No. 46
- Dak Prescott: No. 50
- CeeDee Lamb: No. 57
- Trevon Diggs: No. 84
The Dallas Cowboys have six players on CBS Sports’s Top 100 NFL players of 2022 list
While it isn’t surprising to see Parsons on this list, it’s still worth noting how impressive it is for a linebacker to be considered a top 14 player after just one season. The only other linebacker on the list above him is T.J. Watt – the man he was neck and neck with for Defensive Player of the Year at the end of the season. All eyes will be on the young Cowboy this season to see if he can replicate what he did in his rookie campaign.
Martin has been a huge piece of the Cowboys’ offensive line for many years now. He truly is one of the best guards in the game with seven Pro Bowl nods to his name. Only three other guards made this list (Quenten Nelson, Joel Bitonio, and Joe Thuney) and Martin is 21 spots above the next one.
Although there is certainly fear that Smith’s best and healthiest days are behind him, there is no denying that he is a potential future Hall of Famer and Ring of Honor member.
While some people spend a lot of time ridiculing and criticizing Prescott, it’s important to remember that he’s still a top 10 quarterback, even if he’s not Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady. He broke a longstanding Tony Romo record last year and is preparing to take on 2022 the healthiest he’s been in three years.
Lamb is being thrust into a WR1 role that he deserves. In a short amount of time, the receiver has emerged as a top pass catcher on the roster. With Cooper gone, his numbers should only go up next season.
Lastly, Diggs is an elite ball-hawking cornerback. While some may criticize his coverage ability, he has the athletic eye to make game-changing plays for his team. His interception numbers blew all other defensive backs out of the water last year.