The on-field workouts at the 2018 NFL Combine finally get underway today. The players participating are a mixture of running backs, offensive linemen and special teams players.
The Cowboys are pretty set at running back with Ezekiel Elliott, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be looking for help. Just don’t expect it to be early in the draft. Rod Smith looks like the backup at the moment, but even that is not set in stone.
One thing the Cowboys could use is a true change-of-pace back. Someone in the mold of Lance Dunbar, a threat out of the backfield as a receiver and a guy who can make people miss. That isn’t to say that Elliott can’t do some of that, but Elliott is bigger back, and he could also use some time taking a breather every once in a while. It’s probably a good bet that the Cowboys will select a running back in the middle rounds of the draft. A team that builds its identity on the running game needs a strong stable of backs.
On the offensive line, the Cowboys have one big hole. The left guard spot. Jonathan Cooper did a fair job in the 2017 season, but it’s possible the Cowboys want an upgrade. Would they spend a first-round pick making that happen? That’s a good debate. They could hold off until round two or three if they feel comfortable with how the draft is shaking out. Of course, they might sign Cooper or someone else in free agency and not be as concerned once the draft rolls around.
Enjoy the workouts.