Ranking each of the Cowboys’ position groups entering the 2022 season


The Dallas Cowboys have a lot of good players in many positions, but do you know which group of positions is the best? This was the topic of discussion in the last episode of The Star Seminar as a rabblerousr and I decided to rank each group of positions from top to bottom. You’ll have to listen to it to find out how Rabs stacked up his position groups, but to learn more about mine, well, you’ve come to the right place.

To rank these guys as honestly as possible, each individual player was given a score from 1-100, but it’s worth mentioning that not every player on the Cowboys roster is included in this ranking session. To be fair, extra depth guys beyond what a team might expect to need weren’t included in the average calculation because it doesn’t seem fair to punish the position group by having an excess of average scores lowering the average. These players have been highlighted in green.


Last year, the wide receiver position group would have made the honor roll with Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson Jr., but now the Cowboys have no areas that deserve such a note. high. .

1. RUNNING BACK (average score 83.3)

Hall: Ezekiel Elliott

Reservations: Tony Pollard and Rico Dowdle

Some may scoff at the idea that this position group would get first place, but when you really think about it, how many teams have a better running back duo than the Cowboys? Zeke’s wear and tear creates a bit of a break, but we’re banking on a small return to good health.

2. DEFENSIVE END (average score 82.8)

Hall: Micah Parsons*, DeMarcus Lawrence and Dorance Armstrong

Reservations: Chauncey Golson, Dante Fowler, Sam Williams and Tarel Basham

A little disclaimer here* is that we actually count him in both the point position and linebacker group because he does both and he does them very well. This group ended up a bit higher than I would have originally expected after the loss of Randy Gregory, but at the end of the day they’re still very strong at the top with Parsons and Tank, and have a lot of depth as well. quality. .

3. QUARTERBACK (average score 81.5)

Hall: Dak Prescott

Reserve: Cooper Rush

The Cowboys have one of the best starting quarterbacks in the league and that’s fantastic, but there are some who aren’t sold on Cooper Rush. Despite being two full ratings below Dak, Rush has shown he can be a viable backup QB for this team. It puts this group collectively in the green and should make Cowboys fans feel better about the quarterback spot.

4. WIDE RECEIVER (average score 79.4)

Starters: CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and Jalen Tolbert

Reservations: James Washington, Noah Brown and Simi Fehoko

The loss of Cooper makes some feel uneasy and that feeling is only heightened by the initial absence of Michael Gallup, but overall it’s still a solid group. People are excited about rookie Jalen Tolbert and once the top three are all on the field together, they should provide Prescott with plenty of weapons on the field.

5. DEFENSIVE PLATE (average score 78.3)

Starters: Neville Gallimore and Osa Odighizuwa

Reservations: Carlos Watkins, Quinton Bohanna, Trysten Hill and John Ridgeway

One of the weakest position groups on the team in years past, it was a bit of a surprise to see them fall to no. 5. With a beefier Gallimore, the team should be able to use him and Diggy in the middle at the same time and it could be a good sneaky DT combo. The team also have adequate depth at the position, so they’re not bad overall.

6. INSIDE OFFENSIVE LINE (average score 78)

Starters: Zack Martin, Tyler Smith and Tyler Biadasz

Reservations: Connor McGovern and Matt Farniok

Last year’s weakest link, Connor Williams, is gone, but the Cowboys still have questions in the middle that will be answered by how good rookie Tyler Smith is in the first year. The range of results for him is quite wide and I’ve been known to be a little tougher on him than most, but until he can show it on the pitch this group will be an unknown.

7. OFFENSIVE PLATE (average score 77)

Starters: Tyron Smith and Terence Steele

Reservations: Josh Ball and Matt Waletzgo

Similar to the inside, the position of the tackle is highly dependent on T. Smith as it relies only on the shoulders, back, ankle or [insert extremity here] of the aging, Tyron. This makes things a bit difficult to categorize, but when healthy they have good protection on the outside. Sophomore Josh Ball is a big question mark, but the team needs to have strong faith in him to release La’el Collins this offseason.

8. LINEBACKER (average score 76.8)

Starters: Micah Parsons*, Leighton Vander Esch and Jabril Cox

Reservations: Luke Gifford and Devin Harper

At first glance, it might seem like it’s even worse than eighth on the list, but there are a few things that lift it up a bit. First, having an elite linebacker like Parsons is huge. Second, Leighton Vander Esch is coming off a very solid year after earlier struggles. And finally, the way they’re using Jayron Kearse as a hybrid linebacker means the Cowboys don’t have to go very far for those bottom-deep guys not to weigh the score down. There could still be some deep issues here, but it’s not clear there’s any real concern just yet.

9. TIGHT END (average score 76.3)

Hall: Dalton Schultz

Reservations: Sean McKeon, Jeremy Sprinkle and Jake Ferguson

Unlike the linebacker group, the tight end point is weighed down by guys with lesser depth because the Cowboys use a lot of tight ends. That’s why this group is as low as it is, but if you look beyond that element, it’s really not that bad. Dalton Schultz is one of the best tight ends in the league and all reserves have high floors due to their blocking ability.

10. CORNERBACK (average score 74.6)

Starters: Trevon Diggs, Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis

Reservations: Kelvin Joseph, DaRon Bland and Nahshon Wright

The Cowboys cornerback group is fine, so seeing them so low seems like an atrocity. Some might see Trevon Diggs ranked higher because he’s coming off of a monster year, while others might put Anthony Brown down because he’s been a doormat for critics in the past. All in all, it’s a solid group, but the depth leaves something to be desired. Yes, there is potential there with some young players, but we have to get a glimpse of something before we can count it.

11. SECURITY (average score 74.5)

Starters: Jayron Kearse and Malik Hooker

Reservations: Donovan Wilson, Marquese Bell and Isreal Mukuamu

Security has been a long-lost position for this team, so it’s no shock to see them here. That said, the duo of Kearse and Malik Hooker is one of the best starting pairs we’ve seen from this team in a while. They have depth issues, so unless one of the youngsters steps in, it could be a problem if they have to rely on backups.


The Cowboys just aren’t bad in a single position group, as this team has done a good job fixing some of the glaring holes in the roster. They just finished a year where they moved up on some previous free agent signings and it shows just how well they’ve filled the gaps.

This team isn’t super heavy like it once was, but it’s not exactly bad either. Top and bottom positions are separated by less than 10 points. It shows how balanced this team is and how they have worked to keep many key elements in place. This offseason in particular contained far more re-signings from their own players as 33% of their starters received a new contract. It’s a different approach for this team, but it could prove useful as depth becomes even more important with the 17-game schedule.


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