Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball catches a pass during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2013: Dallas Cowboys Running Game Needs Help

As much as we like to say that the Cowboys start with the offensive line, we all know that there are areas of the team that just didn’t perform last season.

It is hard to have an effective running game when your running backs are highly prone to injury.

Third-year man DeMarco Murray spent the end of his breakout rookie year in 2011 on injured reserve with an ankle injury. In 2012 he bounced back early but then missed six games with a foot injury.

Felix Jones was hampered by small injuries and was just ineffective after taking over the fulltime starter spot after Marion Barber left.

The Cowboys have had bad luck when it comes to running backs.

Even when Murray was “healthy” in 2012, he didn’t run strong and sometimes looked overwhelmed by trying not to be hesitant against opponents’ defenses.

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You may be right, he may have been ineffective due to the countless offensive line issues, but in any case, the Cowboys need someone with the ability to run strong for four quarters, 16 games a year.

This year’s draft may be important to sure up other positions, but if the time comes, Dallas might want to think about investing in Wisconsin’s Montee Ball.

Ball, 5’11” 212 lbs., is a bowling ball in between the tackles, and has just enough speed to break into the secondary when needed. He is very similar to another former Wisconsin standout in Ron Dayne.

Dayne won the Heisman Trophy for his outstanding work for the Badgers, but Ball was severely overlooked. He set the record for touchdowns in a career (77) and rushed for over 3700 yards in his last two seasons in Madison.

Ball was a Heisman finalist during his junior season, but followed up in 2012 with a strong performance, unfortunately the Badgers struggled with the absence of now Seahawk standout Russell Wilson.

Ball would be a good fit in the Cowboy system and would take a lot of stress off the beat down Murray. He would be able to come in for short-yardage situations as well as an extra third-down threat in the backfield to give Murray a breather.

Remember what happened when Seattle coach Pete Carroll took a gamble on Wilson? Another mid-round pick from Wisconsin could work out well.

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