Dallas Cowboys 7-round mock draft 2023 (Reloading the playmakers)

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Dallas Cowboys Round 4 (129): RB Chase Brown, Illinois

The 2023 NFL Draft is loaded with good running back prospects so like the OL in Round 3, I have RB penciled in for Round 4. There are a handful of prospects the Dallas Cowboys would be lucky to have here but Chase Brown happens to be my favorite of the bunch in this simulation.

And the Cowboys have a need.

Tony Pollard is coming off a major injury and set to hit free agency in a month. It’s tough to tell what the Dallas Cowboys intend to do with him but I think it’s unlikely a long-term deal is in his future.

Reports are the Dallas Cowboys plan to hit Pollard with the franchise tag and keep him for one more season, that would lead me to come to a few conclusions…(catch up here).

Speaking of long-term deals, Ezekiel Elliott is coming off another down season and for the first time since he signed his big deal, he’s contractually expendable. Dallas may not part with both TP and Zeke in the same offseason, but it’s not out of the question either. Either way, the Dallas Cowboys are in the market for a RB and Chase Brown is as good as they come.

Brown, 5-foot-11, 200lbs, is smaller than Zeke and TP but he brings attributes that both have to the table. He’s a workhorse with game-breaking speed. He has quickness and one-cut ability. He can turn an edge and make-them-miss ability.

He has decent pass-catching skills and can move patiently as plays develop. He’s not a short-yardage player and was suspect in pass-pro at the Senior Bowl, but is generally well-rounded and regarded as a RB1 prospect.