Dallas Cowboys: Reactions to Cowboys featured in the NFL Top 100

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys reacts to a call against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on October 29, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys reacts to a call against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on October 29, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

The NFL Top 100 just concluded and it certainly was an interesting list, to say the least. Where did the Dallas Cowboys top stars rank?

The Dallas Cowboys were recently featured on the NFL’s Top 100 list. This is a list voted on by the players, however, there were some interesting changes from years prior. A lot of those changes involved the Dallas Cowboys and were their players fell on the list from the year prior. It was shocking to see several of the Cowboys superstars fall as far as they did. Let’s take a look at the players featured from Big D.

The first thing you notice is the lack of Cowboys on the list in 2018. There were seven Dallas Cowboys on the 2017 list. Sure this was the magical rookie season in which Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott led Dallas to the playoffs.

But who could have seen such a strong reverse reaction for the teams 2018, 9-7 season? In 2017 Ezekiel Elliott was the highest ranked running back on the list coming in at number seven. This was his rookie year and he was declared the best running back in the NFL.

Elliott missed six games during the 2018 season but still managed to lead the league in yards per game when he was on the field. Elliott falling to the 54th spot is just laughable as his production has not faltered.

If not for the NFL’s odd handling of the Ezekiel Elliott situation in 2018, he would have had more time to make his mark. Even if Elliott missed three games he likely would have held on to the rushing title.

Alvin Kamara and Todd Gurley had incredible seasons and no doubt they deserve their rankings but for Elliott to be that far behind is a bit odd. Then there is the issue of Dak Prescott not being on the list at all.

He went from being the 14th ranked player in the NFL to not even being in the top 100, that is absolutely laughable. I mean did Case Keenum or Derek Carr really have that better of a season?

Let’s look at the numbers,

Case Keenum (67.6 completion percentage/3,547 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, seven interceptions)

Derek Carr (62.7 completion percentage, 3,496 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, 13 interceptions)

Dak Prescott (62.9 completion percentage, 3,324 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, 13 interceptions)

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Can you guess which player had a 6-9 record? If you said Derek Carr, you would be right. So how does a player who had a lower completion percentage and the same amount of touchdowns and interceptions come in at number 60 while Prescott gets thrown under the bus?

How can you not be impressed with Prescott’s numbers knowing he did not have Elliott or his full starting unit of offensive linemen for six-plus games. Dak not being on this list is absolute insanity, and how can Carr be the 60th best player in the NFL when he basically has the same stats as an unranked player? 

Then there are the rankings of the Dallas Cowboys offensive linemen. Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin have long been considered to be some of the best players at their positions along the offensive line.

Smith was ranked 18th, Martin 56th, and Frederick 87th in 2017. How is Smith 39, Martin 71, and Frederick completely off the list this year? Smith dealt with injury but Martin and Frederick carried the load for most of the year.

Martin just became the highest paid guard in the NFL and he can’t even crack the top 50? The Dallas Cowboys offensive line held up fairly well with some of the patchwork pieces they had to use.

Two other 2017 Cowboys missed the list as Sean Lee and Dez Bryant were absent as well. Both are somewhat understandable as Bryant had an awful season for a number one wide receiver and Lee missed a lot of time with a sore hamstring.

The lone silver lining in all of this was the premiere of DeMarcus Lawrence on the Top 100 for the first time as he came in at number 34. That is a great sign for Lawrence who is seeking a long-term deal with the Cowboys.

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Each year there are players who are left off and it causes a bit of a stir but this season has just been plain ridiculous.