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Predicting playmakers
List of all-time Cowboys may include some from current team

By Mike Baldwin Modified: August 30, 2007 at 3:42 pm •  Published: August 26, 2007

/> With sustained success, other sophomores with top 100 potential include safety Andre Sexton and linebackers Patrick Lavine and Chris Collins. All three were freshman all-Americans. Running back Keith Toston would have to be a star late his career.

Freshmen are impossible to predict. Recruiting rankings offer insight, but here's a sobering reminder:

Before their careers began, many would have predicted stardom for defensive tackle Xavier Lawson-Kennedy, while no one would have forecast pint-sized cornerback Darrent Williams would be a second-round NFL pick.

But recruiting ratings, and one month of fall camp, are all we have to go on for the 2007 class.

Barring an unexpected surprise, the top candidates are wide receiver Dez Bryant, defensive end Richetti Jones and defensive backs William Cole and Adrian Moore.

Bryant hasn't recorded one reception, but it wouldn't be shocking to see him collect 200. Jones isn't fully recovered from a hip injury, but the ESPNU "Summer House” star has the speed to be one of the best pass rushers in school history.

Cole and Moore probably won't crack the starting lineup until next season. But some claim Cole, a quarterback converting to cornerback, is the most talented player in this class. Moore, another former quarterback, is learning to play safety.

Pulling out my crystal ball, Okung, Pettigrew, Reid, Bryant, Cole and Lavine will be top 100 worthy.

Peterson and Collins might sneak in.

Then again, Cole could be the next XLK while Williams-like candidates emerge.

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