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Thursday, 7 May 2015

NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Opt to not draft Running Back

One thing fans sometimes fail to realize is the public never really knows for sure what is going on in the draft room on draft day.

That's what makes the NFL Draft both fun and frustrating at the same time.

For instance, take the Dallas Cowboys. The team lost the league's leading rusher from 2014, DeMarco Murray, but seemingly haven't made finding his replacement a priority. The Cowboys signed Darren McFadden, but he has averaged just 3.3 yards per attempt over the last three years.

Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar are the two other notable backs on the Cowboys roster. It would have made sense for Dallas to add another runner to the mix via the draft, but they didn't.

It's hard to fault the Cowboys for addressing their defense in the first two rounds. The team selected cornerback Byron Jones and linebacker Randy Gregory, both of which were value picks and fit team needs.

But it seems odd the team didn't target a running back after that.

After the draft, team President Stephen Jones said they had targeted a few running backs, but none of them fell to them based on where the team was picking.

"We kind of let the draft come to us in a good way and were able to solve a lot of things, take care of a lot of things that we felt like we were short in," Jones said according to the Dallas Morning News. "Whenever we had a big question mark and started straying away a little bit, we always went back to who was the best player on the board."

Regardless, not selecting a running back speaks volumes to the confidence Jones has in the team's offense line. Or perhaps he will try to trade for Adrian Peterson again? Like stated above, we don't really know.

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