As the 2019 NFL Draft wrapped up last weekend, the Dallas Cowboys made a great pick selecting Memphis running back Tony Pollard in the fourth round.
Coming into the 2019 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys had a clear depth problem at the running back position. The Cowboys had just three running backs, Ezekiel Elliott, Jordan Chunn and Darius Jackson, on their roster before the draft and needed someone who could help carry the load with Zeke.
There was much speculation about what round Dallas would draft a running back in, and some believe they could even take one at pick 58 if they were wiped out. The Cowboys did the smart thing and did not go that route, waiting until pick 128 in the fourth round and taking Memphis running back Tony Pollard.
Pollard is 6-0 and 210 lbs. and played three years at Memphis. In college, he was used as a hybrid running back/wide receiver, and this is something he can bring with him to the Dallas offense. Pollard is most likely will fill the role of the former Cowboy Lance Dunbar who played mostly running back but could lineup at receiver as well.
In his senior season at Memphis, Pollard ran the ball 78 for 552 yards and caught 39 passes for 458 yards. His over 1,000 total yards and nine touchdowns in his senior year show he can be a true threat out of the backfield and in the running game as well.
Pollard is a much different runner than the Cowboys starter Elliott, and he can provide a nice change of pace when the Dallas star needs a rest. Pollard is a home-run hitter and possesses rare speed and the ability to take it to the house at any time.
In his college career as a whole Pollard averaged a touchdown every 13.5 touches. That is a crazy number and shows if you get the ball in his hands good things will happen. Pollard is also an excellent kick returner, finishing his college career with seven return touchdowns.
The question for the Dallas Cowboys is will new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore be able to use Tony Pollard effectively. If they are able to find a creative role in the offense, and get him involved in the running game, passing game, and gadget plays such as jet sweeps, Pollard could have a dynamic impact on the Cowboys’ offense.