While the talk of the Cowboys off season for the past weeks have primarily focused on the defensive needs, a few positions on the offensive side of things could still be addressed in the draft.
Outside of the obvious at quarterback, the team could look for an upgrade at wide receiver along with a rookie running back to bring in to split carries with the injury-prone Darren McFadden – who will be playing on the last year of his two year deal in 2016.
This running back class certainly has some intriguing names, and with the top names already performing at the Combine, here are three backs that I would love to see the Cowboys pick up at the right price:
Devontae Booker: Utah
Booker may very well be my favorite running back in this class, as he seems like a perfect fit for the Cowboys running style. Booker possesses the vision to run in the zone blocking scheme mixed with the physicality to create big plays.
Pairing McFadden and Booker together in 2016 could give the Cowboys a very strong smash mouth identity on offense, as they try to get back to their winning ways of 2014.
Alex Collins: Arkansas
Collins, a product of Arkansas (where Darren McFadden played in college), is another interesting back in this class. While there is certainly room to grow, he has the balanced ability to not only punish defenders but also show impressive speed when hitting the hole.
Collins could benefit greatly from not having to be the featured back in Dallas for 2016. Averaging 5.6 YPC in college, Collins could quickly turn into a dominating back running behind the offensive line for Dallas in the coming years.
Paul Perkins: UCLA
Perkins is the least physical back out of these three, but he makes up for it with great balance and vision. While the Cowboys would still likely have to add more depth behind Perkins down the line, a formula for immediate success could be found in 2016 and beyond should McFadden see a contract extension and Perkins is added to the backfield.
The case has even been made here at Inside the Star that drafting a running back could help Dallas more than anything this off season. That would of course bring Ezekiel Elliot into the first round conversation, who is the best back available in this draft.
Whatever the team’s plan may be at the position (#MillerToDallas), should they go through the draft, I hope the card is turned in for one of the three names above.
Now, what backs would YOU like to see in Dallas for 2016? Feel free to discuss this topic by leaving a comment below!