Cowboys Competing With Giants For Top Running Back Prospect

The Dallas Cowboys will need to draft a running back after neglecting the position in free agency.
2023 ACC Championship - Louisville v Florida State
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Heading into the 2024 NFL Draft later this month, one of the positions the Dallas Cowboys will likely be looking to address is running back.

The Cowboys didn’t do a great job addressing the position in the early stages of free agency as they let Tony Pollard hit the open market and didn’t go after veterans such as Derrick Henry or Austin Ekeler. There’s a chance that the Cowboys could have a reunion with Ezekiel Elliott, but that potential signing won’t elevate the running back room.

That said, Dallas will need to get an exciting, young running back who can be what Elliott was early in his career as the Cowboys are looking to compete right now.

Cowboys Rumors: Dallas Has Top-30 Visit Set With Trey Benson

Aaron Wilson of KPRC reported Thursday that Florida State running back Trey Benson has a top-30 visit scheduled with the Dallas Cowboys and several other teams. Wilson adds that the Florida State standout is drawing heavy interest from the New York Giants.

It’s not a surprise to see both NFC teams in contention for Benson as the Giants and Cowboys saw their starting running backs (Pollard and Saquon Barkley) sign multi-year deals with new teams in free agency.

However, the Cowboys need Benson more than the Giants as they have Devin Singletary, who ran the ball well last season in Houston. Meanwhile, Dallas has Rico Dowdle, Deuce Vaughn, Malik Davis, and Snoop Conner.

Benson is viewed as one of the better running backs in this year’s draft class and could be the first one selected later this month. The 6-foot, 216-pound running back ended his Florida State career by being named to the All-ACC second-team for two consecutive years. 

This past season with Florida St., Benson led the team with 906 rushing yards and 14 scores on 156 carries. He also showed his pass-catching ability, recording 20 receptions for 227 yards and a touchdown.

The 6-foot running back ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine, making him an intriguing option for a team such as Dallas trying to find an explosive three-down running back in the draft.

The Dallas Cowboys will need to nail their draft decisions if they want to win the Super Bowl next season as they are currently fifth in odds (+1300) to do so in the NFL, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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