Dallas Cowboys pick number 120 – Jahmyr Gibbs, Running Back, Alabama
Yes, drafting Bijan Robinson was probably very tempting for the Dallas Cowboys in round one. But finding starter level corners in later rounds is less likely than landing on a playmaker, ala Tony Pollard in later rounds. I’m not willing to wait pass round two. Cowboy fans waited patiently to see who the next great running back would be to carry that star on their helmet. Well, that person is none other than Jahmyr Gibbs, running back from Alabama.
This kid is going to shock a lot of people at the next level. If used correctly, this could be the offensive rookie of the year. He is 5’11” 210 pounds with elite burst and explosion. In a previous article, I described him as a combination of Alvin Kamara and Travis Etienne. I’m not backing off that. What we know currently of Gibbs is that he is a home run threat which is a major need for Dallas. Granted, he is not Jalin Hyatt, but I would argue that there is a better chance you will get immediate production from Gibbs in his rookie season.
This is a prospect that has a lot of wiggle and when he hits the hole, he explodes through it. Dallas needs more players in positions that can help them this season. Could you wait until a later round to get a running back? Absolutely you can. However, you won’t get one with this type of talent and potential. The offensive linemen for Dallas are going to love and embrace the patience he runs with.
He was a safety blanket for Bryce Young and he’ll do the same for Dak Prescott. While Ezekiel Elliott started his career as a decent pass catcher, that part of his game has faded away. Combining Gibbs with TP20 will be a lethal duo at the running back position next season. Mike McCarthy and Brian Schottenheimer will need backs that can participate in catching the ball in the flats.
For many young runners, blocking will be a pain point but not to the degree you pass up a talent this good in the second round. Gibbs will need to continue adding muscle, but he is the future at running back for the Dallas Cowboys.