BREAKING: 3 Running Backs the Cowboys Should Draft if Tony Pollard Leaves

Facing a make-or-break season in 2024, the Dallas Cowboys appear ready to shake things up. The latest word around the Cowboys is that the team will allow Tony Pollard to test the free agency waters, which sets the stage for his exit.

Luckily, April’s NFL Draft provides the chance to acquire a young running back who can help this squad fulfill its Super Bowl dreams, all while not costing nearly as much as the Pro Bowler.

With that in mind, here are three RBs the Cowboys need to consider drafting if Pollard exits this offseason.

1. Jonathan Brooks, Texas

The task of replacing the production from Pollard, the team’s leading rusher in each of the past two seasons, won’t be an easy one. Dallas can’t afford to let this area of the offense completely drop off, either, since it’ll make things more difficult for the passing attack.

That’s why the Cowboys could take a chance on the draft’s premier RB prospect, Jonathan Brooks.

Brooks is widely regarded as the best running back in the 2024 class following a breakout 2023 campaign that saw him post 1,139 yards, 10 rushing TDs and a whopping 6.1 YPC. He flashed some dual-threat upside as well with another 25 receptions for 286 yards (good for 11.4 YPR).

Unlike the undersized Deuce Vaughn, Brooks has the frame at 6 feet and 207 pounds to battle against the behemoths at the NFL level. He’s also just 20 years old, so he’s barely scratched the surface of his potential following one good year.

While Brooks doesn’t have the level of hype like a Bijan Robinson or Jahmyr Gibbs, that works to Dallas’ advantage, as he’s projected to be around a mid-to-late second-round pick right now. With the No. 56 selection, the Cowboys are in prime position to bring the University of Texas product home.

2. Blake Corum, Michigan

The Cowboys will need someone who can produce in the backfield if there’s not a back-to-back 1,000-yard man in Pollard around. That’s why Dallas may want an RB with a stronger resume than Brooks, who really has just one season to his name.

If that’s the case, Blake Corum has as good a case as any back in the country.

The Michigan standout has been a monster for the Wolverines since 2021. Over his last three collegiate seasons, Corum posted a whopping 3,660 yards on the ground and 56 rushing touchdowns, giving Jim Harbaugh a true workhorse to build his offense around.

Corum’s more than proven he can be the lead man in a backfield, which is exactly what Mike McCarthy will be searching for if Pollard’s no longer around.

Dallas has missed a big-bodied bruiser who can pick up the tough yards and capitalize near the goal line since Ezkiel Elliott’s departure, and Corum is the kind of wrecking ball at 5-foot-8, 200 pounds, who’d excel in those scenarios.

With two top-10 Heisman finishes and coming from a national championship-winning program, Corum has the pedigree you want to see from an NFL-ready talent. It’d be no surprise if helps a team right away in the pros.

3. Braelon Allen, Wisconsin

If the Cowboys decide to wait on an RB until Round 4 or later, Wisconsin’s Braelon Allen may be their next diamond in the rough.

Allen provides the best of both worlds, with both age and results on his side.

Thanks to early enrollment as a Badger, the stud RB just turned 20 years in January. Yet he’s already played three college seasons, recording 3,494 yards and 35 TDs on the ground during his time in Madison.

Allen’s instant impact at such a young age makes him an intriguing talent. Given his consistency as a teen, he seems primed to make an immediate impact in the NFL, especially under the guidance of a pro staff.

Also standing at a mammoth 6-foot-2 and 238 pounds, Allen has the size to be one of the league’s next star backs. His physical style of running could add another dimension to the Cowboys’ offense that was lacking in 2023, which would help take the pressure off of Dak Prescott and co. to come up big in short-yardage situations.

Given his upside and legitimately great production already, Allen is more than worth taking a flyer on this spring, especially if he falls like Pollard once did.