Mel Kiper projects Texas RB Bijan Robinson to the Dallas Cowboys in latest mock draft

ESPN’s Mel Kiper made headlines with his latest NFL mock draft by projecting Texas running back Bijan Robinson to the Dallas Cowboys in the first round.

With the No. 26 overall pick, Kiper feels that Jerry Jones and company will be compelled to select Robinson due to the uncertain futures of Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard.

This just makes sense, right? Team owner Jerry Jones loves star running backs, going back to his days of drafting Emmitt Smith in Round 1 in 1990, and he repeatedly has said Ezekiel Elliott is the Cowboys’ most important player. Well, Elliott could be a salary-cap casualty this offseason, and Tony Pollard — who made the Pro Bowl this season — broke his left leg in the divisional round and is a free agent. Could Jones and the Cowboys start over and take Robinson, the best back in this class, here? Robinson also is a great pass-catcher, so he’s more than just a between-the-tackles runner. He could also take some of the pressure off quarterback Dak Prescott. – Kiper

This seems to be an unpopular destination for Texas’ star running back, as many other recent mock drafts project Robinson to land with the Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles or Detroit Lions.

As special of a player Robinson is, the Cowboys have glaring needs at other positions.

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