The Dallas Cowboys select Zach Evans, running back from Ole Miss.
In the first draft post Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys have found his replacement in the fourth round. Will he be available in the fourth round, no one knows. What we do know is that the running back position is deep. It’s deep to a point where the team could wait until the fifth round but there’s really good value here.
Dallas gets a really good runner who up until last season really didn’t have a lot of wear and tear on his body. For the first two seasons of his career at TCU, he shared the backfield with the other talented running back Kendre Miller. My goodness they were a heck of a tandem in Fort Worth where Max Duggan was the afterthought until Evans decided to go to Ole Miss.
With that move, Zach became the primary ball handler, and he didn’t quite live up to the lofty expectations. At Ole Miss, he didn’t shine to the extent that he thought but it wasn’t pedestrian either. 936 yards and 9 touchdowns are good numbers, but he was definitely expecting to be better. He reopened the eyes of scouts at his pro day when he showed off the athleticism that made him such a highly touted prospect. 4.45 in the 40 coupled with a 7.08 in the three-cone drill.
The solo act is probably one that will be in the rear-view mirror for him. I’m drafting him in this mock draft with the intention that he will be an upgraded version of Ronald Jones and/or Malik Davis. He has the necessary speed to allow the team to be comfortable taking Tony Pollard off the field without a drop off.
At 5’11”, 200lbs., I would be comfortable running him on the perimeter as well as between the tackles. He didn’t show much in way of receiving but I’m trusting that is something that can be added to his repertoire in short order. Give me Zach Evans and I’ve added some true talent to the backfield.