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Cowboys RB Bo Scarbrough Tabbed to “Exceed Expectations” in Rookie Season

Given their rich at the position, and current resources allocated to the , the addition of any running backs to the is always noteworthy. Making two-time national champion Running Back Bo Scarbrough their last pick of the 2018 , the did as well as they could at 236th overall.

Naturally, a prospect that played at Alabama has garnered plenty of attention as a potential compliment to in Dallas. This would of course be exceptional value for the Cowboys to get out of their ninth player drafted.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein gets much further into the draft than just the recognizable players such as Scarbrough. This is why it’s noteworthy to see the back land on his list of “seven late-round picks likely to exceed expectations in 2018“.

In his brief overview of the loaded backfield that Scarbrough finds himself in, Zierlein writes that:

“Ezekiel Elliott is clearly capable of handling the lion’s share of duties on all three downs, but Scarbrough is a downhill runner who has the size and demeanor to help the Cowboys continue to impose their will on the ground when Elliott is resting. I can envision Scarbrough thriving in a complementary role similar to the one the Titans’  has played behind  for much of his career. Landing Scarbrough in the seventh round could turn out to be a tremendous steal this season.”

The name clearly missing from this quote is . Likely posing the biggest threat to Scarbrough’s roster spot, Smith embodies what the Cowboys are looking for in a back that can do it all – spelling Elliott as a capable runner and receiver while also contributing on .

Proving himself on just 55 carries for 232 yards this season, Smith’s roster spot feels safe entering 2018. As seventh round picks should have to do in making a contending team’s roster, Scarbrough will have to excel in ways he never did at Alabama in order to earn a spot behind Smith.

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It’s also interesting to see Zierlein mention former Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray in the scheme of two physical running backs coexisting.

If their better understanding of what Rod Smith can do on wasn’t enough of an indicator, the Cowboys also traded for two backfield additions this in and .

There is little doubt that the Cowboys will hold true in their commitment to backfield depth again this season. The versatility and overall readiness of this unit is a direct extension of the best positional group in the league, being the Cowboys .

The idea of handing the ball to Bo Scarbrough late in games against a already shredded by Elliott is a great one for . It is one that many national writers will continue to mention in their discussions of how the Cowboys can return to form after a surprising 9-7 setback last year.

Unless Scarbrough is able to elevate his game on special teams or as a pass catcher, he faces an uphill battle to live up to nearly any expectations on the table for him right now. Nonetheless, the Cowboys have an exciting player to utilize this summer through the in hopes of maximizing Scarbrough’s upside.

In his more in-depth scouting report of Scarbrough, Zierlein sees the player similarly, giving him an overall grade of 5.50. This translates to Scarbrough having a “chance to become an NFL starter,” a position happily occupied by Ezekiel Elliott for hopefully years to come in Dallas.

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