The Dallas Cowboys are back on the offensive side of the ball using their fifth round and 151st pick overall to select Joseph Randle out of Oklahoma State. The Cowboys needed to add depth at running back since the Cowboys weren’t planning on bringing Felix Jones back.
Joseph Randle, RB
Pros. Randle scored 24 touchdowns as a sophomore at OSU and led the big 12 in rushing as a junior. What I like most about Randle is that he’s good in pass protection. That’s what you want in a pick that will most likely be your third down back. He’s fairly quick and has some wiggle in his hips so he’ll make some people miss at the second level. If you watch video, he’s got a little skip before he hits the hole which shows some patience in the back field.
Cons. Randle is an upright runner and doesn’t bring much power. He’s not the kind of runner who is going to push the pile and he tends to get low a little too late when preparing for contact. While he has pretty good speed, he doesn’t have that second gear. He can break long runs but wont run away from away from anyone at the NFL level.
Grade B- The Cowboys went into the draft planning on addressing running back depth. They waited till a later round to do it which is a huge improvement over past drafts. Randle was projected to go as high as the fourth round so the Cowboys probably got some value here at 151. Randle will likely be Dallas’ third down back and brings enough skill to fill in for Murray should he go down again.