The Top 10 Players on the Cowboys Heading Into 2013
At DallasCowboys.com, I ranked my top 10 Cowboys for the future. Here’s No. 10 through No. 7:
10. CB Orlando Scandrick
This will probably be the most unpopular pick on here. No Jason Witten, no Anthony Spencer, noJason Hatcher, but the stat dork has Orlando Scandrick in his top 10!? I think the perception of Scandrick is warped a bit because, as mentioned, he has a hefty contract. He probably hasn’t lived up to that, but I ranked Scandrick as the top cornerback on the team in 2012.
Playing in the slot, a much tougher spot to play than outside, Scandrick allowed a 51.3 percent completion rate, 5.7 yards per attempt (YPA) and zero touchdowns. He’s a poor tackler, but the 68.5 passer rating he allowed last year made up for that.
9. RB DeMarco Murray
As the 2013 season approaches, I’m becoming more and more bullish on Murray. We all know he can play; he’s averaged 4.8 yards per carry in his two seasons and was on pace for 67 receptions last year. The problem has been his health. As I’ve explained in the past, however, there’s no way we can tell at this time if Murray is truly injury prone or just unlucky; the sample of injuries has just been too small.
I’m betting on superior health in 2013, and a really big year. It’s not like the league is littered with young, 220-pound backs with 4.41 speed who can catch passes. Here’s more on why I think Murray will break out.
8. CB Brandon Carr
Carr was decent in 2012, allowing a 58.6 percent completion rate and 7.4 YPA. I think he’ll have more opportunities to make plays in Monte Kiffin’s defense. He’d be higher on this list if he were a few years younger than 27.
7. LT Tyron Smith
Smith has taken some time to develop, but that’s to be expected from a player who came into the NFL at the age of 20. Think about this: Third-round pick Terrance Williams will turn 24 a few weeks into the 2013 season, but Smith won’t be 23 until December. That’s a reason we should expect Williams to produce early in his career, but it’s also a reason to not be so concerned about Smith. He’s an elite talent who’s basically a “rookie” with two years of NFL experience.