3 studs the Cowboys clearly should've drafted over Luke Schoonmaker

Which players should the Dallas Cowboys have drafted instead of Luke Schoonmaker?

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3. De'Von Achane, RB (Dolphins)

The Dallas Cowboys made a pretty massive couple of moves at the running back position in the 2023 offseason. After bringing back Tony Pollard on the franchise tag, the Cowboys also released Ezekiel Elliott.

It was obviously a situation where you kind of expected Dallas to come away from the 2023 NFL Draft with a running back to possibly have as a clear RB2 or even heir apparent to Tony Pollard if the team lets him walk in 2024, but the only running back selection the Cowboys made was picking Kansas State star Deuce Vaughn.

And as cool and emotional as that pick was, the Cowboys missed yet another player from right in their own backyard when they passed on Texas A&M running back De'Von Achane, who has been an absolute stud for the Miami Dolphins when healthy this season.

Achane has effectively played in three games this season, even though he's made appearances in five of them. Outside of two games in which he only received one carry, Achane has run for 455 yards and five touchdowns in three games where he was actually able to contribute. He's averaged over 11 yards per carry and has added another pair of touchdowns on 10 receptions.

Averaging a touchdown every seven touches as an NFL player so far, De'Von Achane has been one of the craziest rookies in the league, and he lasted deep into the third round. Who knows if things would be way different in Dallas compared to Miami, but the fact that the Cowboys missed a local product at a position of need is not a great look.

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