1. Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
If the Cowboys don’t choose to go with an offensive lineman or wide receiver with their first pick, don’t be surprised if they take Bijan Robinson if he is still there.
There are other needs that the Cowboys could also attack here like a cornerback. But adding Gilmore to the cornerback room doesn’t make that position an immediate need right now. Dallas will still probably draft a cornerback within the first three rounds, but if Jones can take the top running back in this class, he might just jump on that opportunity.
The Cowboys gave Tony Pollard the franchise tag earlier this offseason, meaning the Pro Bowl running back isn’t locked down in Dallas for years. They could let Pollard walk next offseason and have Robinson on a cheaper contract.
Adding Robinson would easily give Dallas the best running back group in the NFL. He has the size, speed, and agility to make him one of the best backs for years to come. Things have changed, but the Cowboys weren’t afraid to draft Elliott fourth overall in 2016.
If Dallas thinks that Robinson can add that next level to the offense, they will take him if he is available. The Texas Longhorn back finished his junior season with 1,580 rush yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. He also added 314 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the passing game.
Robinson ran a 4.46 40-time at the combine and draws comparisons to Saquon Barkley coming into the league. Scouts believe that he will be drafted inside the top 20 but if he falls to 26, it will be hard for Jones to pass up on such a talent.
Draft analysts have also had Robinson linked to the Cowboys in their mock drafts, and that isn’t going away after Elliott’s release.