A Dallas Cowboys mock draft with a no-trade clause

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123. . Fullback. Dallas Cowboys. Ben Mason. 179. player

Michigan Fullback Ben Mason is one of my favorite players in this entire draft. This hardnosed high effort player mixes old-school football with today’s influence. The six-foot-three 254-pound fullback has zero issues with collisions.

Ezekiel Elliott set the league on fire during his rookie year where the Dallas Cowboys employed a traditional fullback in Keith Smith and I wonder how much more helpful it would be to add a fullback who can dig out a linebacker in obvious running situations.

Jamize Olowale was more of a pass-catching fullback while the jury is still out on Seno Olonilua. Mason can not only be a devastating lead blocker but he can also catch out of the backfield. Not wanting to waste a roster spot is a non-issue with Mason as he is very active on special teams.

I wonder what kind of mad scientist plays special teams coordinator John Fassel can come up with using Mason as a runner or blocker. The only weak part of Mason’s game is lateral running. Mason is a North-South runner who could be an emergency running back if needed but won’t be juking many players at the next level.

I wouldn’t want him to do so either as he has the ability to punish defenders as a straight-line runner. The fullback is a dying position in the NFL yet just two seasons ago the San Francisco forty-niners went to the super bowl still incorporating their fullback in their offense.

Mason was a highly recruited linebacker who also rushed the passer and played tight end at Michigan. We often forget about the position but netting a starter in the fifth round is exceptional value.