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La’el Collins Projected to Make 1st Pro Bowl in 2020; Who Else?

If the happens, many will be hoping for their first trip to the annual . One NFL writer wisely projected that La'el Collins is Dallas' best candidate to be a first-timer. Who would be some other strong candidates from the Cowboys roster?

Marc Sessler of made the projections a few days ago and the pick of Collins for the Cowboys was spot on. Of our players who haven't already received Pro Bowl recognition, La'el has emerged as one of the best players at his position in all the NFL.

Here was Sessler's analysis:

“Paired in a duo with All-Pro , Collins shifted from good to great last season to become the NFL's fifth-highest graded tackle, per . Nothing short of dominant in the run game, Collins has something else going for him: Pro Bowl voters see the Cowboys featured endlessly in prime-time tilts, jaunts and glistening 4 p.m. ET time slots on FOX. Prepare for an endless parade of verbal gratification from Cris Collinsworth, and on the national stage. If Collins repeats his 2019 performance, though, the praise will be justified.”

The benefit of being a Cowboy has certainly proven true for other players. That's one reason why so many of Collins' teammates such as , , , and others have made the Pro Bowl in recent years despite competitive fields at their positions.

It especially helps for offensive linemen, whose lack of visibility in the world of stats and puts any recognition opportunities at a premium. It's why , the longtime Cowboys tackle who was rarely a great player, was able to make Pro Bowls from 2003-2008.

Collins isn't counting on to get him recognition. He's been doing it on the field by emerging as one of the league's best right tackles, and he's definitely the best bet for a first-time Pro Bowler from the Dallas Cowboys.

Could any of his teammates be joining him?

Blake Jarwin, Giants
Dallas Cowboys TE

One guy that I think has a strong chance at making the Pro Bowl this year is new starting Blake Jarwin. As I wrote about a few weeks ago, the has a tough field but Jarwin has a chance to put up some big numbers on the most-watched team in football.

Blake has had to deal with being second fiddle the last few years to and . If he gets a true starter's load of targets for the first time, he's proven to have the athletic ability to turn those into big plays. He also may be a low-priority for opposing defenses when Dallas trots out all of their other receiving options.

That could be a double-edged sword; the Cowboys have three they want to get the ball to along with two talented running backs. We also don't know what effect Mike McCarthy's arrival will have on TE production; they tended not to do much in his Green Bay offenses.

Still, Jarwin probably has the next-best shot to La'el Collins of being a first-time Pro Bowler for the 2020 Cowboys. Unless someone like or one of the cornerbacks were to have a stunning breakout season, most of our other key players have already been to at least one.

One outside-the-box possibility is . His first hurdle would be beating out for the job, which won't be easy given The Leg's relationship with new . But if Forbath can do enough to oust Zuerlein and continue his perfection streak from 2019, Kai could be a sneaky contender for the Pro Bowl.

Hopefully we have a season for these guys to all ply their and make their cases for recognition. If they do earn their first trips to the Pro Bowl, it could mean big things for the Dallas Cowboys in 2020.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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