How Risky Should The Dallas Cowboys Be In The NFL Draft?

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Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett leads his team down the tunnel prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Under Jason Garrett, the Dallas Cowboys have taken a “safe” approach to the NFL Draft. They have tended to stay away from “risk-adverse” players and in turn, have drafted more senior, team captain types. Jason Garrett continually says that he is trying to find “The Right Kind of Guys” for this football team. And I have no problem with that. They will often remove players completely off their board if they have any character concerns.

But the problem is that often some of the most talented players are being removed from your draft board. So how risky should they be in this draft? Should they take more chances in the later rounds on supreme talented, even if it does come with some risk?  I say yes and I have a perfect example of a player they should use this strategy on.

If you ask any NFL Draft pundit, they will all tell you that this is a weak running back class. And for the most part, I agree with them. There are a ton of part time players who if in the right system, can be productive NFL backs. But their likely isn’t going to be a first round running back in the draft in back to back years.

But I believe there is one running back in this class who has star power written all over him and you likely have never heard his name. I am talking about Isaiah Crowell from Alabama State. The reason as to why you have never heard of Crowell (other than the fact he went to Alabama State) is because he was booted from the Georgia Football team after a failed drug test and a gun charge that was eventually dismissed.

Athletically, Crowell is a special player considering his weight. Today, I am going to introduce you to the explosion score. This formula (weight + broad jump + vertical jump) helps show how explosive a player is, given his size.

Explosion score

Crowell is one the most explosive athletes in this entire class, including running backs. Take a look at how higher rated backs such as Hyde and Hill possess similar explosion scores, but are nearly a tenth of a second slower. Crowell certainly as the physical tools to be a dominant running back in the NFL. Now that you have seen the stats, let’s check out some film.

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