AUSTIN (KXAN) — According to ESPN NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr., running back Bijan Robinson won’t have to look far to launch his professional football career.
In his first tryout first round draft this year, Kiper selected Robinson 26th overall for the Dallas Cowboys.
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Kiper called Robinson “best in class” and his rationale that he thinks he will end up with the Cowboys is rooted in Jerry Jones’s tendency to pick the best runners.
“It just makes sense, right? Team owner Jerry Jones has loved stellar running backs ever since he drafted Emmitt Smith in the first round in 1990,” Kiper wrote in his ESPN.com tryout draft. Keeper also used Tony Pollard’s leg injury and impending free agency, as well as Ezekiel Elliott’s contract, which would allow the Cowboys to release him and not pay nearly $11 million in salary until next season, as reasons why Jones could receive the 2022 Doak Walker award. of the year. winner.
Elliot said he would be willing to take a pay cut to stay on the team, but his declining performance could send the Cowboys elsewhere.
“Robinson is also a great catcher, so he’s more than just a runner between tackles,” Kiper said. “He could also take some pressure off quarterback Dak Prescott.”
This sounds like music to the ears of Cowboy fans.
Robinson had almost 1,900 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns for the Longhorns this season, leading them to an 8-4 record before he declared the draft and pulled out of the Alamo Bowl. Texas lost to Washington in the bowl game 27-20 without Robinson.
Bucky Brooks on NFL.com thinks the Chargers will pick Robinson with the 21st pick. Brooks believes that with Austin Eckeler on the bench, the Chargers “could be a stronger offense” by drafting the hard-nosed Longhorn. Daniel Jeremy, also of NFL.com, believes Robinson will be the 27th overall with the Buffalo Bills.
It is clear that this is far from the final. The NFL Draft begins April 27th, with the Senior Cup and NFL Scouting Combine still to come, as well as team practice for potential draft picks.