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Is The Next Running Back Coming In The Draft?

 

The Dallas Cowboys entered into the 2015 season with a big question mark on the offensive side of the ball. The Cowboys lost their top runner in DeMarco Murray to the hated Eagles but with this offensive line many including myself that Joseph Randle was up to the task. Unfortunately his off the field issues prevented anyone from finding out the answer.

The back that surprised a lot of people is Darren McFadden. Despite playing 16 games a season ago I didn’t think that he could finish the season without injury. Even with only starting 10 games McFadden finished fourth in the NFL in rushing only behind Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin and Todd Gurley. This was DMC’s best season since 2010 production wise. He became the bell cow when all we heard was Dallas was going to implement the running back by committee approach.

 

 

Where do the Cowboys go in 2016? The big name that everyone seems to want is Miami Dolphins’ Lamar Miller who according to his twitter account is a Cowboys fan. Could he come play for the team he grew up rooting for? In a recent interview Miller discussed fit being what he is looking for in his new team. Miller definitely looks like the type of back to excel in Dallas. Given that the Cowboys look for bargains in free agency, do they have a shot at him? Jason of OverTheCap.com recently weighed in on what it would cost to get him.

 

 

With those number he could be in play but if not could the Cowboys get their next guy in the draft? Last year many of us held out for hope that they would take a guy. You heard a lot about Todd Gurley, Tevin Coleman, Duke Johnson and Jay Ajayi. So who are the guys in this year’s class?

The big name that everyone will need to know is Ezekiel Elliott from Ohio State. He is the only guy that should go in the first round. There are very few holes in his game. There are things in play that can improve but generally does everything very well. He isn’t in the class of Todd Gurley but I believe he is much better than Melvin Gordon from last year’s class who went in the first round after Gurley.

 

 

I will give you two guys that you need to keep an eye on are CJ Prosise of Notre Dame and Kenneth Dixon of Louisiana Tech. Prosise was a former wide receiver who moved to running back which is very similar to former Notre Dame running back Theo Riddick. Prosise is inexperienced in some aspects so it will take him some time to get acclimated to the position but he is an explosive runner and good receiver.

Dixon on the other hand is the type of running back you will find it difficult to get off the field. He is a good runner who accelerates through holes, catches passes out of the backfield or lined up in the slot. Some thought he could go pro after last year but he returned for his senior season.

Other names to watch: Alex Collins of Arkansas, Kareem Hunt of Toledo and Paul Perkins of UCLA

 

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About Patrick Conn

Patrick Conn is the lead NFL Draft analyst for TBN. Over the past three years he has worked with Inside The Star, Blogging The Boys, and Fansided. His work has even been published on SI.com. Patrick has been on ESPN East Texas discussing the Cowboys and the NFL Draft. Follow him on twitter @DraftCowboys.

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