The annual NFL Top 100 list is halfway completed with numbers 50-41 being released Monday evening. Several Dallas Cowboys have already had their name called – with a few dropping several spots from their 2018 ranking.
The first Dallas Cowboy recognized on the top 100 list was Jaylon Smith at number 88.
After missing the 2016 season while he recovered from his ACL tear, Smith played in all 16 games in 2017 but started just six of those games. The past two years, though, Smith has started every game for Dallas. The 2019 season was by far Smith’s best, though.
This past year, Smith recorded career-highs in tackles (142), solo tackles (83), interceptions (1) and passes defended (9). He also tied his career-highs in forced fumbles (2) and fumbles recovered (1). It appears that the risk paid off for Dallas.
Smith enjoyed his first Pro Bowl season last year, but drops 28 spots from his No. 61 ranking in last year’s list.
The list hasn’t said how many total linebackers were voted into the top 100, but Smith is the second LB to be uncovered – Tampa Bay Buccaneer linebacker LaVonte Davis being first at 100. Minnesota Linebacker Eric Kendricks pops in at 83.
Smith signed a five-year contract extension worth $64 million with the Cowboys last August and was named a team captain before the start of the 2019 season.
88 – Jaylon Smith – Cowboys pic.twitter.com/lE5aN1xcsw
— NFL en Español (@NFLEspanol) July 27, 2020
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