Dallas Cowboys Complete 7-Round Mock Draft – Drafting Mismatches

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Round Six – Pick 211 – Eric Gray, Running back, University of Oklahoma

In my mock, still no Bijan Robinson. Jerry has been hinting that he wants Ezekiel Elliott back. More than likely it’s at a reduced rate. Tony Pollard is back on the franchise tag for at one more season. Not sure what the team plans to do with Malik Davis and Rico Dowdle. Neither of those two young running backs should feel like they’ve earned a roster spot. However, with all of that going on at the position, I’m not inclined to use a premium pick on a running back.

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With the 211th pick, I’m picking Eric Gray out of Oklahoma. For the Dallas Cowboys, he just barely fits their physical profile. He measured at the NFL Combine 5’10” 207-pound with a 37.5″ vertical, 9’10” broad jump with 21 reps of 225. Those are all good enough numbers to make him a late round pick and he provides great value to a team that’s not overly needy for a running back but it’s still a sneaky need for this team. It’s still to be determined what his 40-yard dash and 10-yard split will be. His Oklahoma pro day may be the opportunity for him to rise out of the sixth round.

He is an all-purpose back who transferred from Tennessee to Oklahoma with four years of experience combined. For a lot of positions, that experience is great but at running back not so much. What we can say is that he was very productive in those four seasons. He accounted for 3089 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns. He also adds some value in the pass game as well. Gray hauled in 99 receptions and 827 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns. Not over the moon results but for a team that will be dropping the ball down in the flats, it’s a perfect situation.

What exactly does Eric Gray bring to the Dallas Cowboys? He is a compact runner who has some good play speed. Once he plants and makes his cut, he is zero to sixty pretty quick. He is a balanced runner who doesn’t fall down at the first sign of contact. Gray is the type of talented runner that will project as a starter in the league. If Dallas and Elliott cannot come to an agreement on the pay cut, you want to have a player who does have the ability to step in and take on some of those carries from Tony Pollard. Long story short, in the 6th round, Dallas Cowboys are getting a steal in this draft.