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Dallas Cowboys select star running back in early 2025 NFL mock draft

Dallas Cowboys select star running back in early 2025 NFL mock draft

After Tony Pollard signed in free agency with the Tennessee Titans, the Dallas Cowboys entered the offseason with questions at running back. The team neglected to address the position in the 2024 NFL Draft, ultimately deciding to bring back Ezekiel Elliott.

Many fans were not impressed with this move and the Cowboys begin the season with a running back-by-committee approach led by the aging Zeke.

Elliott will split carries with unproven entities Rico Dowdle and Deuce Vaughn, and potentially Royce Freeman, Snoop Cooper, Malik Davis or Nathaniel Peat. It’s a risky move for Dallas; only time will tell how it plays out.

But looking ahead, the Cowboys could and should address the position in the 2025 NFL Draft, and ESPN predicts the team will do just that.

NFL draft analyst Matt Miller shared his early 2025 mock draft and thinks the Cowboys will select Ohio State star Quinshon Judkins, who transferred to the Buckeyes from Ole Miss, at No. 27.

Mississippi Rebels running back Quinshon Judkins

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Judkins was named SEC Freshman of the Year in 2022 and was named All-SEC first-team in both seasons with the Rebels.

Miller writes:

We’re back to first-round running backs!? Judkins has elite talent, and Dallas has ignored the position this offseason, save for a reunion with 29-year-old Ezekiel Elliott. Judkins rushed for 2,725 yards and scored 31 rushing touchdowns in two years at Ole Miss before transferring to Ohio State. He’ll split carries with TreVeyon Henderson there, but the new Buckeye has Heisman-level talent and the burst and poise to be a great NFL running back.

If the Cowboys’ running back corps fails to produce a star player in 2024, drafting Judkins would be a move everyone would support.

And what better way to replace the 29-year-old Zeke than with another Buckeyes star?

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