PFF did their yearly rankings of the top 100 players in the NFL. It was only for year 2011 and it was weighted by position and most valuable or QB's would have dominated the field. Here are the Cowboys who got into the top 100.
26. DeMarcus Ware, OLB, Dallas Cowboys
Doesn’t have the biggest impact in the run game, but when you do what Ware does as a pass rusher, you can look past that. Capable of rushing from both the strong and weak side, the Cowboy presents nightmares for offenses who just can’t slow him down. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the 71 combined sacks, hits, and hurries he racked up. Graded positively in all but one game (where he scored a -0.1).
Best Performance: Week 3 versus Washington (+4.6)
Key Stat: His 42 defensive stops were the second-most of all 3-4 outside linebackers.
59. Tyron Smith, OT, Dallas Cowboys
Over the past few years we’ve seen rookie tackles come into the league and struggle. You have to credit Smith for bucking that trend. He only had two games graded in the red (both courtesy of Jason Babin) as Smith established himself as one of the top right tackles in what is likely to be his only season (for the foreseeable future) at the spot. Overall, Smith graded positively in every aspect of his play as a rookie.
Best Performance: Week 4 versus Detroit (+4.8)
Key Stat: Had 10 games where he was either perfect in pass protection or gave up one pressure.
77. Jay Ratliff, DT, Dallas Cowboys
There was some wondering whether Ratliff would excel in a Rob Ryan defense. They should have known better, because wherever you put Ratliff he’s going to make plays. Don’t be fooled by his two sacks; the Cowboy nose tackle actually had the 10th-highest number of QB disruptions of all defensive tackles. What’s more, he did it while making plays in the run game. That earned him our fifth-highest rating among defensive/ nose tackles playing more than 400 snaps.
Best Performance: Week 16 versus Philadelphia (+5.6)
Key Stat: 10th in total pressures of all DT’s, he was also 10th in our Defensive Tackle Run Stop Percentage Signature Stat.