The Dallas Cowboys, in a somewhat shocking decision, chose not to draft a running back in the 2015 NFL Draft.
They lost DeMarco Murray to the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency, and they signed the injury-prone Darren McFadden to replace him.
The Cowboys also have Joseph Randle waiting in the wings, so that may have contributed to owner Jerry Jones’ decision to pass on running backs.
Jones expressed his confidence in the Cowboys’ drafting choices.
“We would have liked to have drafted a running back, but at the same token, we didn’t think at any given time that we should pass at the player that was there, even with the running backs available,” Jones said to the Cowboys official website.
The Cowboys drafted Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones with their first-round pick in an effort to upgrade their defense, which is need of a cornerback as Morris Claiborne has disappointed since being drafted in the first round.
They also boosted their pass rush by drafting outside linebacker Randy Gregory in the second round after he fell due to character concerns.
The Cowboys may have to lean on quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant more though since it will be nearly impossible to replace Murray’s 392 carries.