Dallas Cowboys Draft: Meet Kendre Miller, RB TCU


The Dallas Cowboys should absolutely be in the market for another running back in this upcoming NFL draft. When Tony Pollard was helped off the field against the San Francisco 49ers, the running game was helped off the field as well.

The draft guru himself, Mel Kiper, mocked Bijan Robinson to the Cowboys at pick number 26 in the first round. Not a terrible idea but also an idea that I’m not totally in love with. This draft has a bevy of talented runners that will be available in later rounds for the Cowboys to choose from.

The first one on the list is TCU running back Kendre Miller. He is an East Texas kid that comes compact. Standing at 6-foot 220-pound, he is a ball carrier with burst and deceptive speed. He fits the athletic profile almost perfectly for an NFL running back.

He has mastered the jump-cut but that’s the extent of wiggle in his game. He is a patient, downhill runner that should complement a healthy TP20 very well. Once he gets going, he can kick it into another gear.

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Early in his career he played second fiddle to highly touted running back Zach Evans. In his freshman and sophomore campaigns, he was able to still average a little over 500 rushing yards on 69 carries.

Let’s do the math. That’s a 7 yard per carry clip. He took full advantage of his junior year once Evans decided to transfer. He tallied a measly 1399 yards on 224 carries. So, he’s proven he can be a lead guy but he’s also coming in with a lot of tread left on the tires.

He has adequate hands for the position. The majority of his (29) career receptions were on passes to the flat. However, he has soft hands and doesn’t fight hauling the ball in. I believe he could be an asset in the passing game as well as being an excellent zone runner for the Dallas Cowboys.

As with many young runners, blocking will need improvement but that shouldn’t be the single reason to overlook a player with this type of talent.

Projected Draft Spot: Drafttek has him rated as the 228th player on their board. That’s not shocking considering the depth of good running backs that have declared for this draft season. But if he is still there in the fourth round, Jerry and co. shouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger. Those compensatory picks in the fourth and sixth rounds will come in handy for this very situation.

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Player Comparison: Lamar Miller in his early days.