The Dallas Cowboys made some curious choices in the 2019 NFL Draft. But their best overall selection may have come on Day Three.
The Dallas Cowboys made some questionable calls over the weekend in the 2019 NFL Draft, especially in the second round. The Cowboys have a reputation of surprising draft selections, but they usually work out.
The best pick the Cowboys made came in the fourth round when they selected running back Tony Pollard out of Memphis. Pollard is a much-needed change of pace back who has elite speed.
At the NFL Combine, Pollard ran a 4.52 forty yard dash which surprised many, but reports later came out that he had food poising the day of the combine. Later, Pollard ran a 4.38 at his pro day.
In 2018, Pollard had 78 carries for 552 yards and six touchdowns for the Tigers. He averaged 7.1 yards carry last year thanks to his elusiveness, and his ability to consistently shake off the first defender that gets in his way.
What Pollard might do best is catching the football. In 2018 he showed the capability to consistently catch the ball out of the backfield. Along with that, he was able to line up in the slot and outside of the numbers. In 2018, he caught 39 balls for 458 yards and three touchdowns.
The draft pick of Tony Pollard addressed what I thought was the biggest need on this team, many people are going to disagree and say the safety position, but how the Cowboys offense uses running back Ezekiel Elliott, a running back like Tony Pollard was absolutely necessary.
Not only will Pollard shave touches off Elliott, but he will also provide the change of pace out of the backfield the Cowboys have lacked since running back Lance Dunbar.
Expect Tony Pollard to have the biggest impact out of any rookie in this draft class in 2019 as he could start seeing the football come his way when the New York Giants come into town September 8th.