Ranking the Cowboys from 1 to 53
Welcome to another roster rankings. The last one we did was just before training camp, and it caused a stir. We think. Now we rank the 53 players left on the roster. The Cowboys have numerous undrafted players who are expected to make an impact in 2010. The top 10 is hard to quibble with, unless you don't think Terence Newman belongs. DeMarcus Ware and Tony Romo are our top two players on the roster, regardless of salary.
2010 Cowboys Regular-Season Player Rankings
This hasn't changed since the start of training camp. We still believe Ware (left) is the most valuable player on the roster because of his ability to change the game by rushing the passer. When he gets double-teamed, which he expects this season, it will allow Anthony Spencer or somebody else to make more plays. Jay Ratliff doesn't get enough credit for what he does. He's going to see more double-teams this season, which tells you how much teams are worried about him.
When training camp started, Dez Bryant was No. 12, and he remains there despite just two weeks of training camp practices. His impact must be felt. Andre Gurode (left) was 14th, but his subpar training camp prompted us move him to No. 16. The loss of Kyle Kosier and Marc Colombo for any extended period of time would hurt. This proves their value to the club.
This group lost Patrick Crayton, who was 27th before training camp and is now playing for San Diego. Sean Lee earlier was given a high grade here at No. 21, but he's moved down to 29. He's a much better player than this, but for now he's not even on the nickel defense. Martellus Bennett (left) moves up the ranks from 34 to 28 with a solid camp and preseason.
This is a hard group to judge. Sam Hurd (left) was almost sent packing, but his special-teams play makes him valuable. Victor Butler had an impressive camp and moved up from 42 to 37. Kevin Ogletree, Jason Williams and Alex Barron were inconsistent during the summer. We expect better play, though Barron will be the swing tackle and probably won't play much.
The last part of a roster is always the hardest to rank. Leon Williams and Sean Lissemore are surprise picks to the roster, and Phil Costa won a roster spot by outplaying Travis Bright in training camp. We can see Chris Gronkowski (left) moving up should Deon Anderson struggle.
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