Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster prediction (Youth and Potential Edition)

Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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Building a roster is a bit of a balancing act. NFL teams often have to pick between someone who can help right here and right now or someone who projects a little more down the road. This is an especially important balancing act for the Dallas Cowboys in 2021.

The Dallas Cowboys have retooled much of the roster around their explosive offense. Because of this, they are equally built to win right now just as much as they’re positioned down the road. Whether they prioritize high ceiling or high floor players will largely depend on position.

In this Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster prediction, we prioritize high-ceiling players and youth above all.

If the Dallas Cowboys are feeling lucky and inclined to gamble on potential, their roster could shape up to be pretty darn interesting. That’s what we’re going to look at today in this 53-man roster prediction…

Dallas Cowboys Special Teams (3)

Greg Zuerlein, Jake McQuaide, Hunter Niswander

Admittedly, special teams isn’t a very good example of the Dallas Cowboys going all “high-risk/high-reward” on the 53-man roster. There simply aren’t the tantalizing youthful prospects to realistically consider.

Greg “the leg” is almost a sure thing to win the kicker job again in 2021. Jake McQuaide is a former Pro Bowler who’s still at the top of his game and therefore a lock at LS. And Hunter “the punter” is the youngest punter option on the team AND has the highest ceiling/highest floor of the bunch.

For as undramatic as that may sound, it should actually offer a touch of comfort to Dallas Cowboys fans who’ve endured so much special teams inconsistencies over the years. Now all we have to do is call a few less fake punts and we might actually be good.