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Dallas Cowboys haven’t ruled out drafting a RB early, even with Tony Pollard back

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Dallas Cowboys haven’t ruled out drafting a RB early, even with Tony Pollard back

This offseason, the Dallas Cowboys released their longtime running back Ezekiel Elliott. With this release, the Cowboys have turned to Tony Pollard as their starting running back, opting to use the franchise tag on the 25-year-old to keep him in Dallas. Now, the Cowboys turn to the NFL draft with not ruling out taking a new running back early.

The Cowboys drafted Elliott with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. Last season, Elliott rushed for almost 900 yards and added on 12 scores. Elliott’s rushing ability has slowly taken a hit. With injuries, age and money coming into the picture, the Cowboys let Elliott go. Although he has been slowing down, Elliott has proven to be a workhorse running back in the past. The former Ohio State running back has accumulated 8,262 rushing yards and 68 rushing touchdowns in his seven-year career.

“I think [Elliott] was a big part of our success, when we got [quarterback] Dak [Prescott] and Zeke in there together, what he brought to the table,” Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones told reporters Monday, via CBS Sports. “At the same time, there’s very few Emmitt Smiths that play at a high level — a productive level — for 10 years. If you’re picking in the top 10 — call it top 12, 15, wherever you wanna make the cutoff — you really are thinking, ‘Boy, we have to have a second contract out of that deal.'”

“I do think, certainly as we go through the draft, if there’s a good running back sitting there, he’s gonna get a lot of attention [from us],” Jones said, via CBS Sports.

Currently, the Cowboys hold the 26th overall pick in this year’s draft, but rumors speculate America’s team to move up to grab a running back. Some notable running back names that headline this year’s draft are Texas Longhorns’ Bijan Robinson and Alabama’s Jahmyr Gibbs.

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