Number 9... symbolic?
We're in the first days of the doldrums; it's just that the euphoria from the last real exercise hasn't worn off yet. While we have training camp set for July, that's still over 60 days away, so the draft is really the last tangible event that fans of the Cowboys and teams around the NFL will get to see a real difference made in their team.
Sure, there will be free agents here and there that sign, but most of that is over and done with until camps open. So, in that vein, it actually isn't a bad time to take a heat check on the team's around the league. With that, SB Nation's own Joel Thorman has released his Power Rankings and he has Dallas in an enviable position; making the playoffs.
Dallas certainly has made their share of improvements outside of finding Claiborne this offseason. The first step was finding him a secondary partner in free agent Brandon Carr, a corner from Kansas City. S Brodney Pool joined them in the secondary makeover. They also signed a starting quality back-up QB, a fullback, a rotation inside linebacker and not one, but two guards. Dallas' front office had a busy offseason when you think about the defensive haul they pulled in rounds 3-7 of the draft in addition to wideout Danny Coale.
Ninth overall puts Dallas second in the NFC East behind the world champion New York Giants (third overall). It also gives them the final NFC playoff spot as Thorman sees the National as the dominant conference: Green Bay 1st, NY 3rd, San Fran 6th, New Orleans 7th, and Detroit 8th.
Close on the Cowboys heels are Atlanta (11) and Philadelphia (13).
So how do you feel about Thorman's assignment of a wild card spot to Dallas? Agree? Think it's a year too early? Think it's a rung too low? Let us know in the comments section.