With the 151st pick of the 2013 NFL draft, the Cowboys chose running back Joseph Randle from Oklahoma State University. Randle has some size to him standing at 6’0″ and weighing in at just over 200 lbs. He is not a physical type runner but he does seem to consistently gain positive yardage. His major strengths come in the passing game as he is not only very adept at catching out of the backfield, but also possesses the ability to provide excellent pass protection as a blocker.
Randle was productive in a college system that leaned heavily on the pass attack, eclipsing the 1,000 yard mark in back to back seasons even though his touches were dominated by the aerial attack of the OSU Cowboys. He has decent speed and shiftiness and is more of a technician who sets up tacklers as opposed to someone who flat out dominates a defense or flies by a defender.
He is reliable both in terms of injury as he never missed a game due to being hurt and he does not fumble. He is not going to be a goal-line punisher though as his build is not great for short yardage territory.
At worst. he will compete with Lance Dunbar and possibly Phillip Tanner for the backup job to DeMarco Murray. He should be a capable third down back who gets 5-7 carries a game. He has no history of injuries so his durability should be something that Dallas can utilize at a position where this has not been an area of strength.
As a fifth round pick, Randle represents great value. Dallas did need to address the back up running back spot with the free agency loss of Felix Jones and the durability questions that surround DeMarco Murray. All in all, this was a good pick for the Cowboys.