The Dallas Cowboys had three players voted into the 2021 All-Pro First-Team. Trevon Diggs, Micah Parsons, and Zack Martin received one of the most important honors an NFL player can get.

Micah Parsons and Zack Martin each received 46 votes out of the potential 50 after putting together phenomenal seasons.

Parsons’ achievements in 2021 have been told and re-told. Not only has he been a dominant linebacker for the Cowboys, but he’s stepped up as a premier pass rusher in the league. Although T.J. Watt’s 22.5 sacks will likely be enough for the Steeler to win the Defensive Player of the Year, I’d expect Parsons to receive some votes.

Parsons is the fourth rookie linebacker in NFL history to ever be named a First-Team All-Pro. Lawrence Taylor (1981), Patrick Willis (2007), and Darius Leonard (2018) are the others. Taylor and Willis went on to get a combined 13 First-Team All-Pro Honors. Darius Leonard already has three of his own, including this season.

Zack Martin, meanwhile, is still the most dominant guard in football and he’s been invaluable for the Dallas Cowboys offensive line, which was voted as the league’s best by Pro Football Focus as we discussed on A to Z Sports Dallas Primetime on Wednesday night.

Trevon Diggs will likely stir up some controversy, as people in social media have argued all season long about how legit his play really is at cornerback. But you can’t fight the fact that he finished his season with 11 interceptions and had dominant performances against top-tier wide receivers.

Is he the next Darrelle Revis? No. But is he just a “lucky” CB that’s gotten plenty of interceptions? Nope. Trevon Diggs is very good and has been a consistent playmaker for the Dallas Cowboys defense. As the #3 team in man coverage rate in the NFL, you’d expect Dan Quinn’s unit would allow plenty of big plays.

That’s the biggest weakness of a defense that lives and dies by Cover 1. In spite of those big plays, the Cowboys rank as one of the best passing defenses in the league. A huge part of that is Trevon Diggs.

2 other Cowboys received All-Pro votes

Punter Bryan Anger has been one of the Cowboys’ most overlooked players, but he wasn’t overlooked by the AP. He received 18 votes, which made him the second-team All-Pro punter in 2021.

Tyron Smith received one vote, proof he’s still seen as one of the best offensive tackles in the game even after missing six games in 2021.

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