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.