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Dallas Cowboys Candidates for 2019 NFL Honors Awards

After the amazing , a couple of members from the received an award in the 2017 . was named and received the as a fourth rounder, beating the 2016 fourth overall pick, .

It had been a great season for despite its playoff run ending prematurely.

Last season, many would've thought could've been a contender for the Award but he wasn't included among the three finalists.

But surely, the team might have an opportunity to make things right in 2018. With the Cowboys trying to get back into the in this season, there's many talented players who could emerge as candidates for an award at the end of the year.

Here's my list of potential Cowboys' candidates who could earn a trophy in the next NFL Honors! Let me know your thoughts on the comments section below or tweet them @PepoR99 and let's talk football!

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Offensive Rookie of the Year: WR Michael Gallup

In 2016, the Cowboys dominated this category with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott leading the Cowboys' . Two seasons later, Dallas will have Michael Gallup trying to become the team's WR1 with his ability to play anywhere on the field.

The Cowboys third-round draft pick will likely be a starter very soon, perhaps even since week 1. With the starting jobs wide open in Dallas, it's not far-fetched to see Gallup as a potential Offensive Rookie of the Year.

When it comes to receivers, this year's rookie class will be loaded all around the league but Gallup's biggest challenge might end up being playing in an offense with a run-first identity.

Defensive Rookie of the Year: LB Leighton Vander Esch

The Cowboys' pick will play alongside , one of the NFL's best linebackers, and , who promises to have his best year since joining the Cowboys. Vander Esch has a lot to prove being the rookie who reportedly was off of many draft boards around the league.

The Cowboys didn't pick another rookie defender until the fourth round of the Draft in , so the in-house competition for won't be very strong for the Boise State product.

If Vander Esch manages to become a starter on the nickel over Jaylon Smith, he'll see a lot of snaps and will be on his way to become an award candidate.

Offensive Player of the Year: RB Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott has done enough to be considered one of the NFL's top three running backs. You could even argue he's the best in the league. Being the rushing-yards leader in 2016 and falling just 17 yards short of the 1,000 yards-mark despite missing six games, Elliott will make people remember who he is next season.

Is this the year that he runs for 2,000 yards? If he does, he will not only an candidate, but an candidate.

However, if there's one thing we've learned from the NFL Honors, is that it's almost impossible to be named the MVP if you play any position other than .

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Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

Defensive Player of the Year: LB Sean Lee

The obvious candidate here would likely be DeMarcus Lawrence, who just last year had an impressive breakout season with 14.5 . Trying to prove his worth for a long-term extension, it only makes sense for Lawrence to keep his 2017 level of play and be a clear candidate for this award.

But we all know how talented and dedicated Sean Lee is. He's only missing one thing to be considered the NFL's best : full seasons.

Year after year, Sean Lee suffers an and is forced to leave the field. If he manages to remain healthy for one and only one year, he'll play like an All-Pro and be a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.

Comeback Player of the Year: LB Jaylon Smith

It seems like the Cowboys don't have any strong candidates for this award. That's mainly because the criteria that the Associated Press uses on this award isn't that clear.

“This is a good spot for a reminder that the criteria, is, well, not exactly precise. It's presented each season to a player who thrives while overcoming adversity […]” – Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke, 2016

If the award doesn't “require” that to win this award a player must have had a successful season before, then Jaylon Smith has gone through a lot of adversity. We know that.

If Smith is able to put on a show in 2018 and prove that he was worth the pick used on him in 2016, then he could be in the running for Comeback Player of the Year after coming back from an injury that some feared would end his football career.

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Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Brad Penner / Sports)

Most Valuable Player: QB Dak Prescott

Yes, it sounds crazy. Maybe Ezekiel Elliott seems like a more realistic candidate for this award, but Dak Prescott is a quarterback. And the MVP is a quarterback award, if we're being honest. His third year in the NFL will be a very important one, especially since this might be the season that earns him a big-time contract.

Every year, surprise contenders for the MVP title emerge. Playing in the most popular franchise in sports, all Dak Prescott needs to do is take control of his offense and have a great year leading his team into the playoffs. He obviously needs to improve his game in a lot of ways, but he's shown he's able to.

Don't be surprised if Dak's numbers go up during his third year in the NFL.

If he finds a way to shine in a run-first offense with an overhauled set of pass-catchers, Prescott might find himself in the MVP conversation. Hopefully, he does.

Which Cowboys do you think will be candidates for an award in the 2019 NFL Honors?

Mauricio Rodriguez
Mauricio Rodriguez
I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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