Another round, another Big 12 skill player! On top of grabbing WR Terrance Williams from Baylor in Round Three, the Dallas Cowboys have secured the services of RB Joseph Randle out of Oklahoma State. The two join fellow Big 12 mates Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray as Cowboys skill position threats.
Randle was seen by many as a third round talent or better, and was even listed as a Top 5 running back by several noteworthy draftniks. He stands at 6'0" and ran a 4.59 40 yard dash at the Scouting Combine. In 2012, he led the Big 12 in rushing yards, gaining over 1400 yards with 14 touchdowns while sporting a 5.2 yards per carry average. He's scored 40 offensive touchdowns over his final two seasons in Stillwater.
Randle will frequently fight off the initial hit to earn yards after contact. He is a one-cut, downhill runner with some wiggle and lateral ability... also known as the Cowboys preferred style of running back.
He is also a bonafide pass blocker, which will be key as he can be expected to get snaps on third down frequently while also being a three-down back capable player. Randle has enough open field speed to actually run away from defenders should he make it to the second-level on a run.
Here's how Russ Lande described his strengths:
His combination of size and speed are rare. He has an explosive step to allow him to burst through holes and get to the second level in a hurry to pick up big chunks of yards. He has the strength to break through arm tackles and then once in the open field he can run away from defenders. He shows a short lateral step to avoid tackles and immediately get up field. As a receiver he can be as equally dangerous and is a mismatch to all linebackers in the passing game.
Expect Randle to make an immediate impact on the Dallas offense and he did have kick returning on his resume before becoming the lead back for Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys have now given Tony Romo three dynamic skill players as well as a battery mate to play with over the course of his new contract.
Dallas still has one pick remaining, #185 in the 6th round.