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9 Cowboys named to AP All-Pro teams, led by WR CeeDee Lamb

The Dallas Cowboys apparently have the most great players in the NFL in 2023. A league-high nine members of the club’s 53-man roster were named to the Associated Press’ All-Pro team following the conclusion of the regular season. The leading vote getter for the club was wideout CeeDee Lamb, who fell just one vote shy of being a unanimous selection.

The AP All-Pro team is comprised of the best players at their positions, regardless of conference. Much like the NFLPA All-Pro list revealed earlier in the week, the best Cowboys player on each side of the ball was not named to the First Team. Both quarterback Dak Prescott and edge rusher Micah Parsons have been named to the Second-Team.

Dallas finished with a 12-5 record, tied for the best in their conference while winning the NFC East for the second time in three years. Dallas finished with the same final record as the San Francisco 49ers, but due to a head-to-head loss in Week 5, are the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoff bracket as the tournament is set to kick off. In a likely preview of the MVP voting to be announced in February, Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson took 45 of the 50 first-place votes for quarterback, with Prescott and San Francisco’s Brock Purdy getting two first-place votes each. Prescott had more overall votes than Purdy, earning the Second-Team honor.

The 49ers had seven players between the two teams with five First-Team players, including RB Christian McCaffrey and LB Fred Warner, who were unanimous choices.

Here’s a rundown of who made each from the Cowboys, as well as the full First and Second teams.

 

Quarterback Dak Prescott - Second Team

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Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

This is Prescott’s first time getting on either of the All-Pro teams, after being named to his third Pro Bowl. Prescott is expected to finish in the top-3 among the MVP vote as well.

Wide Receiver CeeDee Lamb - First Team

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Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

This is Lamb’s first entry on either All-Pro team and he, too, now has three Pro Bowl nominations; his three coming in each of the last three seasons. Lamb led the entire NFL with 135 receptions and finished second in receiving yards with 1,749. He scored 14 total TDs on the season as well.

 

Left Tackle Tyron Smith - Second Team

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Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Tyron Smith has now made the All-Pro list five times in his career. He has been First-Team twice (2014 and 2016) and this is his third Second-Team (2013, 2015).

Smith is set to be a free-agent following the season and played in 13 of 17 games this year, his most since 2019.

 

Left Guard Tyler Smith - Second Team

Right Guard Zack Martin - First Team

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(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

This is old hat for the certified Hall of Famer. At this point it’s more of a surprise if he isn’t named to a team. This is Martin’s seventh First-Team honor in 10 seasons and third year in a row. In two of the other three years he’s been Second-Team.

The only year he missed was an injury-riddled 2010 when he only played in 10 games.

Edge rusher Micah Parsons - Second Team

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Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Parsons set a career-high in sacks despite not seeing a holding call in 11 straight games and counting, and he led the NFL in total pressures. Yet somehow, he’s on the Second-Team after being First-Team his first two seasons in the league.

Pray for the offensive tackles blocking him for however long Dallas is alive in the playoffs.

 

Cornerback DaRon Bland - First Team

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Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The second-year player feasted in 2023. After leading the team in interceptions as a part-time starter last year, he went and led the league in both picks (9) and return touchdowns (5) this year, the latter mark setting the NFL all-time record. This is his first All-Pro nomination.

Kicker Brandon Aubrey - First Team

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Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Aubrey technically isn’t a rookie since he played professionally in the USFL, but as a first-year kicker to be the best in the business is insane. Aubrey was perfect until the final week of the season, went 10-for-10 from 50 yards or further and kicked a touchback virtually every time he wanted to.

Punter Bryan Anger - Second Team

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(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

For the second time in four years, Anger has been named a Second-Team All-Pro, both coming in his time with the Dallas Cowboys.

 

Story originally appeared on Cowboys Wire