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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: In Which Round Should Cowboys Pick A Running Back?

Latest Cowboys headlines: Cowboys showing strong interest in Benardrick McKinney; Greg Hardy is "blending in real well with the fellas"; Can the Cowboys wait until the third day to draft a running back?

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Bob Sturm’s NFL draft series: Need a running back? You’re in luck | DMN
Sturm ranks his top 10 running backs of the draft, and is happy to report that the top 100 this year is "pretty stacked" with interesting prospects. His list or running backs likely extends well into the third day of the draft. His sleeper prospect: David Johnson out of Northern Iowa.

Johnson is a big runner, yet might be the best receiver in this group (he was a receiver in high school). He had more than 30 receptions in [each of his] four seasons in college. Nobody else in this group had more than one [one such] season. With 6,416 career yards from scrimmage, Johnson’s productivity running and receiving is hard to top. He tested very well athletically, but may slip under the radar for being from a smaller school.

Sturm's top ten list of running backs likely extends well into the third day of the draft. The little table below shows Sturm's RB ranking and the likely round each RB will be picked in:

First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Fourth Round
Todd Gurley (1)
Duke Johnson (3)
David Johnson (7) Javorious Allen (10)
Melvin Gordon (2)
Tevin Coleman (4)
T.J. Yeldon (8) David Cobb (9)
Jay Ajayi (5)
Ameer Abdullah (6)

Which begs the question, in which round should the Cowboys pick a running back?

Moore: How Cowboys built one of league's best recent draft records and the one problem it presents | DMN
Moore argues that the one problem with the Cowboys' recent draft success over the last four years is that other teams want to poach the Cowboys players.

I worry about a lot of things as a Cowboys fan every day. That problem never ocurred to me.

Sharing adjoining lockers - Jeremy Mincey's opinion of Greg Hardy | Dallas Morning News
Mincey has had a little time to get to know Greg Hardy. Here's his assessment.

He’s an energetic guy, and I think if you can channel that energy in the right way he can really be special, man. He has a good work ethic. That’s what I love about him. He feels like he has something to prove, and he’s working hard, and he’s blending in real well with the fellas.

Cowboys Showing Strong Interest in Benardrick McKinney – CowboysBlog.Net
The Cowboys were one of the teams in attendance at Mississippi State ILB Benardrick McKinney's pro day, brought him in for a pre-draft visit, and on Friday worked him out once more per NFL draft analyst Tony Pauline. Interestingly, the Cowboys sent a D-line coach to work out McKinney, not a linebacker coach, which would have been McKinney's presumed primary position.

This is in line with an idea Dane Brugler broached on Twitter in February.

NFL teams intrigued, but wary of former Missouri receiver DGB | Charean Williams, Star Telegram
The Dallas Cowboys are among the teams doing their due diligence on Dorial Green-Beckham and brought him in for a pre-draft visit. But did a host of off-field questions scare them away?

Green-Beckham has had two marijuana-related arrests, and Missouri dismissed him after police began an investigation that he pushed a female down at least four stairs after forcing open her apartment door to see his girlfriend.

Green-Beckham had charges dismissed in one of the marijuana cases and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of trespassing in the other. Police closed the case that got Green-Beckham kicked out of Missouri, citing reluctant witnesses.

Report: CB Jalen Collins failed multiple drug tests in college -
On Friday, Albert Breer of revealed that Collins failed multiple drug tests in college. How that impacts his draft stock remains to be seen, but NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said on Friday's "Path to the Draft" that NFL teams have probably known of Collins' failed tests "for quite some time."

Thoughts on Drafting Offensive Tackles High In The First Round
Despite annual claims of how this guy or that guy is "one of the safest picks in the draft," a future Pro Bowler, and someone "you can pencil into your starting lineup for the next decade and forget about," the bust rate for highly drafted offensive linemen in recent years is off the charts, writes Chase Stuart. Should make you appreciate the Cowboys home runs on the offensive line even more.


Sanchez: Eagles told me Tebow was a camp arm -
Mark Sanchez says the Philadelphia Eagles told him that Tim Tebow was signed so the team could have an extra QB while Sam Bradford recovers from injury. Is Tebow really just a camp arm, or is The Sanchize worried that the camp arm might take his roster spot?

Sanchez: We need another guy to throw, that’s why we signed Tebow | ProFootballTalk
The snarksters at PFT point out a fatal flaw in Sanchez's camp arm logic.

If the Eagles wanted a camp arm, they would’ve signed someone with a better arm than Tebow.


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