After a season that didn’t end as well as the Dallas Cowboys hoped, fans of the Dallas team can look to the future to ease the pain of an early playoff exit.
For those fans, the Cowboys’ rookie crop gives them a lot of hope for the future.
Thursday, NFL.com ranked the rookie class of all 32 NFL teams.
Dallas entered seventh on the list thanks to the help of Defensive Rookie of the Year Micah Parsons and his phenomenal first season.
Nick Shook’s NFL.com assessed the Cowboys’ class and praised Parsons
“Dallas hit a 450-foot homer with his pick on Parsons, who became the best player available out of a clear need by being picked 12th overall and reaping the rewards,” Shook said.
Parsons was the first player in Cowboys history to win Defensive Player of the Year and the first unanimous pick in the award’s history.
The linebacker was in the top 10 in the NFL with 13 sacks, 67 quarterback pressures, 20 tackles for loss of yards.
Parsons was a big part of Dallas’ successful rookie class, but he wasn’t the only freshman to make an impact.
Defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa, a third-round draft pick out of UCLA from Dallas, also made an impact as a rookie.
The defensive tackle started 12 of the 16 games in which he played, finishing the season with six tackles for loss of yards, two sacks and 11 hits to opposing quarterbacks.
Dallas did well to beef up the defense, especially up front, and Shook noted the contributions of the Cowboys’ rookie defensive linemen.
“Like Odighizuwa and Chauncey Golston, Quinton Bohanna saw a decent amount of playing time and is an exciting prospect,” Shook said.
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Cowboys rookie pool of 2021 ranked in the top 10 in the NFL