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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

2016 NFL Rookie Jersey Numbers

Note: This article, originally published Monday, has been updated to reflect Dak Prescott's new jersey number (No. 4, not 10).
Gone are the days of wondering who could and should become a member of the Dallas Cowboys via the 2016 NFL draft. The picks have been made, and rookie minicamp looms. (Kate Hairopoulos has more on the team's draft decisions here.)
Now, to make visions of these newest Cowboys easier to conjure up, are the assigned numbers for each rookie.
*Note: Players are listed in order of their selection, first to last/top to bottom.
PlayerPositionJersey number
Ezekiel Elliottrunning back21
Jaylon Smithlinebacker54
Maliek Collinsdefensive tackle96
Charles Tapperdefensive end79
Dak Prescottquarterback4
Anthony Browncornerback36
Kavon Fraziersafety35
Darius Jacksonrunning back34
Rico Gatherstight end80
Are you curious to know which players donned these jersey numbers for the Cowboys previously? Of course you are. We've got you covered with a sample of names that may stand out (for various reasons). There are some big-time players on this list ...
21: Deion Sanders, Julius Jones, Adam "Pacman" Jones, Mike Jenkins (who also wore No. 31), Joseph Randle.
54: Chuck Howley, Randy White, Bobby Carpenter, Bruce Carter.

96: Ebenezer Ekuban, Marcus Spears, Nick Hayden.
79: Harvey Martin.
4: Mike Saxon, Shaun Suisham. Only punters and kickers have worn this number previously.
36: Vince Albritton. The number was last worn in 2012, by Mana Silva.
35: Calvin Hill, Jacques Reeves.
34: Cornell Green, Herschel Walker, Larry Brown (also wore No. 24). Phillip Tanner last wore the number in 2013.
80: Tony Hill, Alvin Harper, Anthony Fasano, Martellus Bennett.

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