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Cowboys draft class of 2016 ready to overtake the “Dirty Dozen”

The Cowboys had one famous draft class, but could the 2016 one be even better?

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The Dallas Cowboys draft class of 1975 is widely regarded as the best class of incoming talent that the team has ever selected. Randy White, Bob Bruenig and ‘Hollywood’ Henderson were members of that class as were offensive linemen Herb Scott and Pat Donovan. This group helped pave the way for Tom Landry to revamp his squad and secure the franchise’s second Super Bowl win.

Now a group of upstart young men entering their sophomore season in the National Football League are threatening to replace that outstanding class as the top one. Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott have the potential to each add multiple MVP honors to their list of accomplishments.

Defensive back Anthony Brown made an impact on the secondary in 2016 and stands to make another leap forward in the upcoming season. Fellow rookie Maliek Collins started most of the season and was second on the squad in sacks. That is a remarkable level of success for any quartet of rookies.

It is not all that the class has to offer.

Jaylon Smith did not see the field at all and he has the same type of potential as do Prescott and Elliott, although he will not have the same chances of winning an MVP due to being a defensive player. That’s OK. There is always Defensive Player of the Year honors that could fall his direction. All signs are positive that he will become the third critical acquisition of the class.

Charles Tapper and Rico Gathers are a pair of additional talents that did not see action in 2016, but both are men whom the team is excited about. Tapper has the ability to take over some of the pass rush possibilities and Gathers has been impressive to the coaches as he works hard to develop a feel for the game of football. His talents project well as a potential success at tight end once Jason Witten retires. Should either one of these players develop for the Cowboys, it would be simple icing on a rather delicious cake.

That gives Dallas six and possibly seven viable talents secured in the same draft. Kavon Frazier is still around as well. He will get a chance to see more action in 2017 as the team works to revamp its secondary. Even if he serves as nothing other than a situational player and special teams guy, it would mark one of the most successful draft classes in Cowboys’ history.

For Dallas it could mark the return of glory in the same way that the group that preceded them by 41 seasons marked the transition for Landry’s Cowboys. If they deliver on multiple championships they will have exceeded the standard set by the ‘Dirty Dozen’.

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