Ranking the Cowboys from 1 to 65
With the first official meeting of the Dallas Cowboys scheduled for Friday with the rookie minicamp, we rank the entire roster, minus undrafted free agents and free-agent guard Montrae Holland, who will be added to the roster Monday.
This ranking is based on importance, positive and negative impact and skill level. We will rank the players again before training camp and before the start of the regular season.
2010 Cowboys Post-draft Player Rankings
The top three were pretty easy with Ware, Romo and Ratliff. But is Austin, left, more valuable than Witten? Jones moved into the Top 10 on his potential to have a big season. Bryant, if used the right way, could win the rookie of the year award. We have two Pro Bowl corners in Jenkins and Newman, who might have another strong season.
We have the entire offensive line here with Free, left, getting a big bump because Flozell Adams is gone. Sensabaugh and Ball will have expectations raised if they are the starting safeties. Colombo is one of several players coming off injury, and Kosier is in the final year of his contract.
Barber, left, drops in this ranking with Jones getting more playing time. Spears also drops because the team is trying to get Hatcher and Bowen to challenge for his job. Lee could be the nickel linebacker this year, and Williams drops just because we expect Bryant and Miles to become a 1-2 punch this season.
This is a group of players seeking more playing time from Hurd, Hatcher, Williams and Choice, left. Carpenter is fighting for playing time with Lee as the nickel linebacker. Bennett also wants to play more and will get his chance this year, but the team likes Phillips.
Hamlin, left, is coming off a wrist injury, and Jerry Jones is excited about his ability. Phillips will challenge Bennett for playing time. Owusu-Ansah won't get on the field until training camp, but the team is high on him. He's going to fight for the kick returner job and might see time at safety.
Dixon, left, has spent the past few years on the practice squad, so the team wants to see more out of him and likes his potential. Injuries slowed Hodges and McGee. Hodges will miss the OTAs and minicamps, but his skill set gives the Cowboys hope he can play down the line.
The bottom of the roster. Wall has enough speed that he might compete for a roster spot. Lissemore is a project, and Holley, left, might get a chance to show what he can do in the preseason. The coaches like Holley's potential but are not sure if he can take the next step.