Friday, May 2, 2014
Beyond the first round: Running backs
By Calvin Watkins
Over the past nine days, we have focused on one position in the NFL draft by highlighting a prospect in Rounds 2-7 who might fit for the Dallas Cowboys. With so much attention placed on the first round in mock drafts, "Beyond the first round" focuses on lesser-publicized options beyond the first 32 picks. Today we end the series by looking at running backs.
Bishop Sankey rushed for 1,870 yards at Washington this past season.
Second round -- Bishop Sankey (Washington): A team captain, who has had a heavy workload the past two seasons according to Scouts Inc. Rushed for 1,870 yards in 13 games during the 2013 season. He doesn't turn the ball over often, fumbling on just 0.8 percent of his touches last season. A workhorse with excellent stamina.
Third round -- Jeremy Hill (LSU): A young player, 21, with just 371 career touches. Might be worth a look as someone to become a good No. 2 back or help with special teams. He was arrested twice at LSU, which is a concern, but the Cowboys know his coach, Les Miles, well. He's good at running north-south but struggles trying to get to the outside.
Fourth round -- Lache Seastrunk (Baylor): Has excellent speed -- better than what he displayed at the combine (4.51 40-yard dash). Transferred from Oregon to be closer to his sick grandmother who lived in Temple, Texas. Needs to get the dirty yard more instead of looking for the home run.
Fifth round -- Charles Sims (West Virginia): Sims finished career with 795 offensive touches over a five-year period. He might be a short-term answer, but he runs hard between the tackles. He will lower a shoulder and isn't afraid of contact. He makes defenders miss and does a nice job protecting the ball when he gets hit.
Sixth round -- Tim Flanders (Sam Houston State): A transfer from Kansas State. Last season he rushed for 1,430 yards on 241 carries. Displays good body control and balance. Scouts say he's displayed the ability to carry defenders for extra yards. Plays fast but there are some concerns about the level of competition he faced.
Seventh round -- Silas Redd (USC): Is he worth taking a shot at? Will he even be here this late? Redd, a transfer from Penn State, is 5-9 3/4 and 212 pounds. Has good ball security and keeps both hands on the ball when going through traffic. He doesn't make defenders miss too much, but can bounce outside and make plays.