IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys will be represented in the top 10 of the NFL Network’s top 100 players of 2011 feature thanks to DeMarcus Ware.
Incredibly, Ware was not in the top 10 a year ago, finishing 12th. Now the question is whether he will be the highest-ranked defensive player in the poll. The show will air Wednesday at 7 p.m.
New York Jet cornerback Darrelle Revis would seem to be Ware’s biggest competition.
Ware was second in the league in sacks last year with 19.5 He has had at least 11 sacks in a season from 2006-11, including 20 in 2008. Since sacks became an official stat, only Reggie White (105) had more sacks in his first 100 games than Ware (85). White (five) is the only player with more 15-sack seasons in a career than Ware (three).
By the way the only other Cowboys in the top 100 list, as chosen by 448 players from across the league, are Jason Witten (No. 75) and Tony Romo (No. 91).
So what’s the best guess as to Ware’s rank?
You have to think quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Drew Brees will be higher. After that it’s a flip of the coin between Ware and Revis but maybe wide receiver Calvin Johnson because of how ridiculous a season he had in 2011.
I’ll guess Ware will be No. 6, behind Revis.
Go ahead and make your predictions in the comments.