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Rookie review: Fresh start for first-rounder Mazi Smith under new DC Zimmer

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It is no secret that the Dallas Cowboys will be relying on multiple players from their upcoming 2024 draft class to make an immediate impact if they hope to repeat as NFC East champions. That notion that has only added to the overall negativity towards the team this offseason thanks to their lack of impact from the previous rookie class. The Cowboys overcame their entire draft class taking a virtual redshirt season by seeing third- and fourth-year players like Micah Parsons and CeeDee Lamb continue to ascend and stake their claim as franchise cornerstones, but also saw trade acquisitions Brandin Cooks and Stephon Gilmore become dependable starters.