The running back position has lost its shine in recent years of the NFL Draft.
In the past, there were a few teams that would use their first-round pick on a running back. However, that’s changed with the position’s longevity called into question and other positions now taking top billing instead.
There have been four running backs drafted in the first round in the last four years, and none have come before the 20th pick. The last time a team opted to take a back in the top 10 was when the New York Giants grabbed Saquon Barkley second overall in 2018.
Instead, teams have been able to find star running backs in the later rounds of the draft, such as Alvina Kamara and Aaron Jones, selected in the third and fifth rounds, respectively, of the 2017 NFL Draft.
However, there should be a shakeup once again this year as NFL predictions believe Texas’ Bijan Robinson will be drafted in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, with NFL odds heavily favoring him as the first running back to be taken off the board.
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— PlaymakerU (@playmakerU) April 20, 2023
NFL expert picks have Robinson going anywhere from pick 14 to New England to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 19. He could shine with either of those teams, but another team Robinson could fit with is the Dallas Cowboys.
Dallas doesn’t have a selection until pick 26, but should it decide to trade up or if Robinson somehow falls that low, it would be a great match.
Quarterback Dak Prescott led the league last season with 15 interceptions, and while he was without some of the top receiving options he had in past seasons, running back Ezekiel Elliott also wasn’t playing at the top of his game. Elliott finished the season with the lowest rushing yards of his career, recording 876 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The result was the Cowboys deciding to move on from Elliott in the offseason as well as the emergence of backup Tony Pollard in 2022.
Pollard led the Cowboys with 1,007 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, but he was injured in Dallas’ final game of the season. He signed a one-year deal in the offseason.
Drafting Robinson in the first round will help replace Elliott, as he can juke defenders and avoid tackles to earn extra yardage and help Dallas prepare for the future if Pollard decides not to explore other options.
Robinson could also help Prescott in the passing game. He is a solid receiving option and could lend his frame as a blocker when it’s needed as well.
— Hudson Standish (@247Hudson) October 15, 2022
Plus, what Texas fan wouldn’t want to see Robinson stay nearby with the Cowboys?
There are plenty of Las Vegas odds for Robinson as well as other first-round draft options, so make your NFL picks before it all kicks off later this week.