The Cowboys have been active this offseason and have shown they are all in on winning a Super Bowl next season. There is only one last piece to the puzzle and most would argue that is running back and defensive tackle.
Both positions will surely be addressed in the 2023 draft, including running back after the Cowboys inked Ronald Jones to a one-year deal. Following the release of Ezekiel Elliott, though, there’s widespread debate on social media about whether Dallas should draft Texas prodigy Bijan Robinson in the first round.
Elliott’s release and the Cowboys trading for Brandin Cooks and Stephon Gilmore, and re-signing several key free agents, the concept of drafting Robinson in Round 1 makes a lot more sense. It would reset the money at the position, and Robinson is considered one of the best RB prospects of the last decade.
We’re in favor of drafting Robinson, and here are a few reasons why Dallas should draft the Longhorn phenom at No. 26 overall.
3 reasons the Cowboys should draft Bijan Robinson
1. Tony Pollard playing on essentially a one-year deal
Pollard will be the Cowboy’s number-one running back for this upcoming season after the release of Ezekiel Elliot. He had a breakout year last season, rushing for 1,000 yards and making his first Pro Bowl, but it ended with a gruesome injury that sidelined him for most of the Divisional Round loss to the 49ers.
Pollard will play under the franchise tag this season, and coming off injury productivity is questioned. The Cowboys are banking on him being the same Pollard from last season. But what happens after that? Is Dallas going to give another back a big contract or are they going to let him walk in free agency?
Drafting Bijan Robinson gives the Cowboys leverage over Pollard, and minimizes the potential domino effect if Pollard struggles to replicate his 2022 form post-injury, or if he pursues greener pastures as a free agent next year.