Recent history shows the Dallas Cowboys aren’t afraid to rely heavily on rookies, or inexperience in general, at important positions.
2015 saw the keys to the Corvette (so to speak) handed to Joseph Randle in the run game. That worked out, um, not well. 2016 saw the Cowboys roll forward with rookies at quarterback, running back, and defensive tackle, among others.
Last season the Cowboys leaned heavily on rookie cornerbacks, plus they entrusted their backup quarterback position to an undrafted rookie (never mind that he was backing up a second-year player).
2018 looks to be no different as Dallas will likely rely heavily on Leighton Vander Esch at linebacker, Connor Williams at left guard, and Michael Gallup in the pass game. Beyond them though, considering they are somewhat obvious, who are the rookies that could command the most responsibility?
Two names really jump out as far as picks from the fourth round and beyond are concerned: Mike White and Bo Scarbrough.
There’s been a lot of hype heaved Bo’s way, probably more than many would warrant is necessary for a seventh-round pick. It’s exciting to consider what he can bring to the run game with his punishing style, and it theoretically complements Ezekiel Elliott’s well.
Mike White is also an interesting case. Dallas used a fifth-round pick on him, so it’s conceivable that they plan on him being around for a while. If the Cowboys did roll with White on the 53-man roster in 2018, that would mark three consecutive years that a rookie quarterback made the team.
White and Scarbrough are both essentially third on the depth chart as it stands in May. They play positions with established starters and are competing with Cooper Rush and Rod Smith, respectively, for the backup positions.
Level of investment would indicate, just by a hair, that White has a better chance to climb his way up the ladder. The question ultimately boils down to who you think is better at their respective job, Cooper or Rod.
So that’s it, BTB. That’s the question. What do you think?
Who has a better chance to be the primary backup at their position?
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