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Dallas Cowboys Should Take Montee Ball with the 18th Pick in the NFL Draft

Wisconsin Tailback Would Be Ideal Fit for Struggling Dallas Running Game

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COMMENTARY | When healthy and playing consistently, the Dallas Cowboys have a dangerous running attack.

But that group of running backs Dallas has right now is more dangerous to themselves than anything.

DeMarco Murray has the talent to be a top-10 back in the NFL. Obviously, the problem with that is the man can't stay healthy.

Felix Jones has become a shadow of his former self. Nothing more needs to be said other than that.

By the time the NFL draft rolls around in April, the Cowboys have plenty of areas that they'll need to fill, and will do so accordingly.

But thanks to the recent struggles in the backfield with Murray and Jones, the Dallas front office should strongly consider taking a look at Montee Ball out of Wisconsin when the Cowboys are on the clock at No. 18.

Depending on what draft board you're looking at, some have Ball as a first-round pick, some have the all-time leader in FBS touchdowns going as low as the third round.

With a draft that's low on offensive playmakers, it wouldn't come as a surprise to see Dallas go with someone on the defense with its first pick.

But if the masses are looking for someone to help Tony Romo not make his boneheaded mistakes, maybe the true answer lies in getting a durable running back who can be relied upon to play all 16, or even 12-14 games a year.

That's where Ball fits in perfectly. Case in point, he didn't have to play this year. After being brutally attacked back in the summer, he could've sat out one year, come back the next and put himself in the Heisman discussion.

But the fact that he came back and put up the numbers he did says something about how valuable Ball can be.

While the Big Ten was a joke of a conference this past season, Ball was not, and those 1,830 rushing yards and 22 rushing touchdowns weren't either.

He has the perfect repertoire scouts are looking for in a running back. At 5-foot-11 and just over 210 pounds, Ball can put his head down and plow right through the defense, or he can take a carry outside and use his speed to get huge gains.

With the limitations the Cowboys have going into free agency, they won't be able to sign a guy like Reggie Bush, who has vastly improved over the last couple of years.

Ball, however, can come in right away and compete for the starting job. As far as everything is concerned, Murray's job is not safe. If he doesn't stay healthy, the pressure goes right back on Romo to make a play.

Sounds encouraging, right? Exactly.

Ball is a safe, and very valuable pick. There are other positions in need of help, but running back is a good start.

So why not take the best at the position if he's available?

Danny Webster is a featured columnist for the Dallas Cowboys. You can get in contact with him by following @DannyWebster21 on Twitter.

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