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RB Pollard Drafted In 4th; Role Behind Zeke?


FRISCO, Texas – A full breakdown of the Cowboys' fourth-round draft pick (No. 128 overall) Saturday:

Name: Tony Pollard

Position: Running Back

College: Memphis

Height/Weight: 5-11/210

The Rundown: Pollard is a versatile back who made plays in a variety of ways for Memphis. Last season he posted a career-high 552 rushing yards with 6 touchdowns and caught a career-high 49 passes for 458 yards and 3 touchdowns. Primarily a running back, Pollard also excelled as a receiver out of the backfield and lined up out wide. He's also a dynamic kick returner with seven career returns for touchdowns.

How He Fits In: NFL rushing champ Ezekiel Elliott has never missed a game due to injury, but with Rod Smith not re-signed in free agency, the Cowboys clearly were seeking a potential backup for Elliott. Elliott played 89 percent of the offensive snaps in 15 starts last year, but with Pollard's versatile skill set, he could be used as a backup running back or receiver in certain situations. He'll compete with Darius Jackson and Jordan Chunn this offseason. (UPDATE: the Cowboys drafted a second running back, Ohio State's Mike Weber, in the seventh round.)

Next Cowboys Pick: 5th Round (158th overall)
The Cowboys traded down a second time, dealing 149th pick (fifth round) to the Raiders for No. 158 (fifth round) and No. 218 (seventh round).