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

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 with the Tennessee Titans in free agency, the Dallas Cowboys entered the offseason with questions at running back. The team failed to address the position in the 2024 NFL Draft and ultimately settled on bringing back Ezekiel Elliott.

The decision left many fans disappointed, and the Cowboys will begin the season with a running back committee approach led by the aging Zeke.

Elliott will share control of the game with unproven players like Rico Dowdle and Deuce Vaughn, and possibly Royce Freeman, Snoop Cooper, Malik Davis or Nathaniel Peat. It’s a risky move for Dallas; only time will tell if it pays off.

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

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

Quinshon Judkins, running back for the Mississippi Rebels

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Judkins was the 2022 SEC Rookie of the Year, earning first-team All-SEC honors in both seasons with the Rebels.

Miller writes:

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

If the Cowboys’ running back corps fails to produce a breakout star in 2024, drafting Judkins would be a move everyone could get behind.

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

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