With the 167th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select:
Earlier in the draft it was Dan Quinn who went to Will McClay to negotiate taking a player. This time it’ll be Special Teams Coordinator John “Bones” Fassel. It’s a smart future move for the Dallas Cowboys as well to draft Baylor Running Back, Abram Smith.
To begin his career, Smith will find a familiar role as a special teamer. Smith, who proved to be a solid power back with the Baylor Bears in the 2021 season, notably played linebacker before switching to the offensive side of the ball. So chasing and tackling is something Smith is quite familiar with.
Smith isn’t just a player who could make the team immediately on the ST unit. He also fits the running style the Dallas Cowboys like to run.
As of now, the Dallas Cowboys have a quality backfield. Once 2023 comes, we have no idea with the team’s running back room will look like. It’s possible the Cowboys could move on from both Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. So currently, the Cowboys don’t have a need at running back, but they can add a player who gives some security going forward.
Abram Smith runs with a patience and style of former Dallas Cowboy pro-bowler, DeMarco Murray.
A one-cut runner who gets north and south with no wasted movement. Smith does a fantastic job of finishing runs, as you’d expect from a former linebacker.
He possesses functional speed, but will never be seen as a burner. His strength comes from his timing in the zone blocking scheme. Perhaps Smith isn’t lightening quick, but has the ability to make defenders miss in the open field.
Overall, Smith would compete at the 3rd running back on the team. His initial job will be Punt and Kick coverage, but will be waiting for his inevitable opportunity.