The Dallas Cowboys have a stud offensive line and two 1,000 yard running backs on the roster.
Meanwhile, their starting cornerbacks both are signed for one year and the position has not been a strength of their defense.
So when it came to selecting a player with the fourth pick of the draft Thursday the decision was a no-brainer.
Take … the running back?
That’s what happened when the Cowboys opted for Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott over Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey.
Not only is running back one of the Cowboys’ deepest positions with Darren McFadden and recently signed Alfred Morris, but it’s one that’s been devalued in the NFL. Still, that didn’t stop the Cowboys from making Elliott just the seventh running back taken in the first round in the last six drafts and the earliest one has been tabbed since Alabama’s Trent Richardson went No. 3 to Cleveland in 2012. How’d that work out?
The day Dallas signed Morris, the former Redskins and FAU star, columnist Tim Cowlishaw wrote: “if this move keeps the Cowboys from spending a first-round pick on Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott – a fine player but one who doesn’t match the Cowboys’ needs – then it’s a good thing.”
That’s because the Cowboys have proven they can plug any running back into their offense and he will run for 1,000 yards. One like, say, Alabama’s Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, still on the board entering tonight’s second round, if they really want another one.
Meanwhile, sitting there was a player many pegged as the most talented in the draft and one who played a position of need for the Cowboys. Ramsey would have been the perfect fit.
Even if the Cowboys had some questions about Ramsey’s ball skills and his limited interceptions (3) during his three year career at Florida State, he still was considered the best press corner – and to some the best player – in the draft.
But the Cowboys took a running back?