Bijan Robinson is climbing draft boards faster than ever and it's starting to seem like he won't fall to the Dallas Cowboys pick at No. 26 overall.
Robinson hasn't even visited Dallas yet. He only visited he Eagles and the Buccaneers.
If Robinson is off the board, should the Cowboys consider taking Jahmyr Gibbs at 26? He is one of the fastest running backs in this year's draft and would add another speedster to the Cowboys' offense.
Cowboys 2023 Draft: Jahmyr Gibbs' Strengths
The 5-foot-9, 199-pound running back is climbing draft boards and was mocked to the Cowboys in Peter Schrager's most recent mock draft.
Gibbs' number one skill is undoubtedly speed. He ran a 4.36-second 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine, the seventh fastest recorded 40 yard dash by a running back at the combine ever, and brings this same speed with his pads on.
Once Gibbs gets the ball he gets to the edge quickly and excels at making the first man miss. Once in the open field his speed allows him to outrun most defenders as he accelerates fast enough to beat defensive backs to the sideline. He will make players take different angles than they usually do. He's that fast.
When running between the tackles, Gibbs excels at making linebackers miss as his jukes are smooth and his cuts are quick. Running inside is one area that he needs to improve in, as he usually goes down after first contact, but his speed and quick feet make up for it.
2. Big play ability
Gibbs is a home run hitter. Plain and simple.
Once he gets into open space he turns on the jets and often gets into the end zone untouched. He can take it the distance any time that he has the ball and has to be accounted for at all times.
He also gets some of his big plays as a receiver. His hands are reliable and he is an excellent check-down option. Once he gets the ball, he quickly accelerates downfield and extends the play. He is great at making people miss in the open field, and not many people can catch him once he's in a full sprint.
Although Gibbs isn't as versatile as Robinson, he's the clear second-best running back in this draft. Some people even think that he's better than Robinson. He has the big play ability to take the top off a defense and would make the Cowboys' offense even scarier than before.
Gibbs also might struggle as a three-down back. He isn't the best at breaking tackles and when running through the tackles he seems to hesitate sometimes. His physical tools are there, but he'll have to get better at running between the tackles as he could turn into the Cowboys' workhorse depending on what happens with Tony Pollard next season.
He isn't going to come in and be a power back, but he would open up the field for the Cowboys' offense as he is a dangerous pass catcher and is lethal in the open field. Having him and Pollard on the field at once would be exciting as they are both fast and dynamic playmakers.
There is a good shot that Gibbs is available at the 26th pick and some people are starting to believe that he could be a Cowboy next season. Stay tuned to see if the Cowboys draft their potential running back of the future in Gibbs on Thursday.