I’ll start off by saying that Randle was my fifth rated running back in the draft, obviously behind some of the bigger names from last year’s collegiate season. So, how he lasted until the fifth round, I guess I’ll never know. The Cowboys have DeMarco Murray on the roster, but after yet another season in which he missed time due to injury, it was time to bring in another running back to help out with the load.
What I like about this pick is that Randle at 6-1 205 lbs., brings good size to the running back position. He’s an excellent blocker and pass catcher making him a great candidate for the third-down back duties in the Cowboys offense. He’s not a burner, but has great acceleration through the hole and enough vision to make an impact at the next level. He’s also a very smart young man, a trend that seems to be the common denominator in the Cowboys draft so far.
What I don’t like about this pick is that Randle lacks the strength one would expect from someone his size, more often than not being brought down by arm tackles. He also seems to have bad balance, which may hinder his productivity at the next level.
Overall, the Cowboys got themselves a good running back that will be able to contribute from day one. Some scouts said they could see Randle getting deployed in the same manner as Darren Sproles with the New Orleans Saints.
I give this pick a B grade.