Dallas Cowboys: Rookie Jersey Numbers

It turns out that the entire 2013 draft class made the 53-man roster for the Cowboys (pending trades, which are not expected).

Not sure if any of these rookies will become the greatest players to wear these numbers, but there is always a chance. Here’s a look.

New #20: B.W. Webb

Greatest #20: Mel Renfro

Webb will not have a starting position without injuries and will have to prove himself on special teams this year. Renfro was a Pro Bowl player as a rookie and remained a Pro Bowl player for the next decade.

New #27: J.J. Wilcox

Greatest #27: Ron Fellows

Wilcox may see some time at safety, which is not a deep position. However, he has a chance to develop into a starter. Fellows spent time as a returner for three seasons before finally earning a starting role in 1984.

New #35: Joseph Randle

Greatest #35: Calvin Hill

Randle will probably see quite a bit of action in 2013, given the injury history of DeMarco Murray. Hill was an All-Pro as a rookie in 1969 and eventually became the Cowboys’ first 1,000-yard rusher.

New #38: Jeff Heath

Greatest #38: Sam Baker

Heath made the squad as an undrafted free agent. He will likely be limited to special teams play. Few notable players have worn #38, evidenced by the selection kicker/punter Sam Baker as the greatest player to wear the number. Roy Williams also wore it in his final (and forgettable) season in Dallas in 2008.

New #57: DeVonte Holloman

Greatest #57: Kevin Burnett

Holloman is a former college safety who made the transition to linebacker. He can become the greatest #57 by outperforming Kevin Burnett, who played only four seasons in Dallas as a backup.

New #70: Travis Frederick

Greatest #70: Rayfield Wright

Frederick will start at center this year and looks like a solid player. He’ll need to accomplish quite a bit to become the greatest #70, though, given that Wright is a Hall-of-Famer.

New #83: Terrance Williams

Greatest #83: Terry Glenn

Williams will see the field as the third receiver this year, and he has quite a bit of potential. He’ll need to perform consistently to outperform Glenn, who gave the Cowboys back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2005 and 2006.

New #89: Gavin Escobar

Greatest #89: Billy Joe Dupree

Escobar is one of four tight ends the Cowboys kept, so he will have limited opportunities to shine in 2013. DuPree did not put up big numbers by modern standards, but he was a force during his time.

Which rookie has the best chance to be the greatest player to wear his jersey number?

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  • Jason Neighbors

    Randle has switched to #21, which won’t improve his chances in this contest; and Frederick has switched to #72. Also, some of the voters here are clearly idiots.