By Jesus Flores @DFWSportsFlo on April 8, 2014
As you might have heard, Dallas Cowboys starting running back DeMarco Murray is in the final year of his rookie contract. It has been rumored that the Cowboys might extend him, but in any case, they need to have a backup plan. I don’t think that they will spend a first or second day pick on a running back, and that is why I have put together this list of third day running backs that the Cowboys might target in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Sims is by far the most polished pass-catcher in this year’s crop of running backs, and we all know that Scott Linehan loves getting the ball to his running back in his offense. Sims has good size and decent speed, and although he lacks ideal lateral agility, I think he can be successful in the Cowboys zone-blocking scheme.
McKinnon absolutely tore it up at the NFL Combine, which drastically enhanced his draft stock. He is making the move from small school option quarterback to running back in the NFL, but he is a terrific athlete, which should help him transition smoothly.
I find White to be an intriguing prospect because he isn’t great in any specific measurable. In fact, most would tell you they wish he were taller, faster, heavier… that is until you see this kid run the football. He has very good vision, quickness, burst, and power, and he is also a surprisingly good pass-catching back.
Tyler Gaffney is an interesting prospect because, for all intents and purposes, he is a one-year wonder. Gaffney played behind Stepfan Taylor for a few years before deciding to play professional baseball in 2012. In 2013, however, Gaffney returned to school and put together a very good season, finishing eight in the country in rushing after posting 1,709 yards and 21 touchdowns.
In terms of pure ability, Isaiah Crowell is one of the more talented running backs in this draft class, however, because of off-field concerns, he won’t be drafted until Day 3, if drafted at all. He offers pretty good speed for his size, but as is the case with bigger running backs, Crowell’s not very agile. He does, however, offer some pass-catching ability and has proven that he can be an effective blocker in the passing game.
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