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Back To Back? Which Cowboys Rookies Could Win Rookie Of The Year In 2017

The Dallas Cowboys were extremely fortunate when it comes to the performance of their rookies in 2016. In fact, they were so fortunate that their rookie who had five went completely overlooked due to the performance of his fellow classmates.

As you probably remember, was named AP Rookie of the Year and rookie led the entire NFL in rushing, as the young Cowboys took the league by storm.

This year, the Cowboys underwhelmed most with their pick, but some of their rookies could still be in the running for Rookie of the Year in 2017.

Let's discuss a couple of the major candidates to do so.

Chidobe Awuzie, DBDespite Safety Depth, Rookie Chidobe Awuzie Should Be Option For Dallas

Selected in the of the , Chidobe Awuzie brings a playmaking ability to the back-end of the Cowboys which could help him bring home the Defensive Rookie of the Year.

With the versatility to move around the entire playing outside, in the slot, and even as a , Awuzie should be able to find quality playing time throughout his rookie campaign.

And that right there is the key.

Due to the previous lack of depth in the Cowboys secondary, and Awuzie's ability to wear many hats, he should have ample opportunity to make a name for himself this season.

And, maybe, that's all it will take.

Ryan Switzer, WR

Ryan Switzer
WR Ryan Switzer

I wrote “Ryan Switzer, WR” but in order for him to be rookie of the year he will have to be “Ryan Switzer, Total Playmaker.”

Similar to his defensive counterpart Chidobe Awuzie, Switzer's candidacy for Offensive Rookie of the Year will have to come from his versatility. Playing as a wide receiver, a kick/, and possibly even out of the backfield, Switzer will have to find all different areas of the game to get his name in the box score.

He has the ability to do so, however.

And, like Awuzie, he should be given ample opportunity to make his name known during his rookie season. Yes, the Cowboys is already full of capable threats, but Switzer could unlock another element to their unit which was dormant last season with playing his role.

Of course, both Ryan Switzer and Chidobe Awuzie are long shots to win Rookie of the Year in 2017. With fellow rookies such as Leonard Fournette and ready to play each and every down for their respective teams this season, it's going to be tough for any Cowboy rooking to bring the award home.

Then again, no one though Dak Prescott had a chance before last season either.

What do you think?

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Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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