The 2023 running back class isn’t deep by any stretch of the imagination, but there’s a handful of intriguing prospects. That said, Robinson is far and away the cream of this year’s crop. Most analyst project him as an instant superstar; akin to Jets rookie Breece Hall before he suffered a torn ACL in Week 7.
In many ways, Robinson is a perfect fit for the Cowboys.
We’ll get into the pros and cons of drafting a running back early (again) in a minute, but the idea of Robinson staying in the state of Texas to star for the Cowboys is mouthwatering. You couldn’t script a better story for Robinson.
Judging by his reaction to Kiper’s mock, Robinson would be pretty stoked to be drafted by Dallas.
Caught up with Bijan Robinson to see his reaction on Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft of Bijan going to the Cowboys pic.twitter.com/Hk8utR6lX2
— Cory Mose (@Cory_Mose) January 26, 2023
Texas RB Bijan Robinson reacts to being selected by the Cowboys in ESPN’s Mel Kiper’s mock draft.
Robinson’s answer just speaks to his maturity, which suggests he’s going to dominate the interview process leading up to the draft. That shouldn’t worry the Cowboys, however. While Robinson’s stock will only rise between now and the draft — assuming he doesn’t flop at the combine and his pro day — it’s unlikely a team reaches on a running back before Dallas’ turn to pick at No. 26 overall.
The idea of taking a running back in the first round is panned throughout the league. Not only can teams find capable RBs in the middle-to-late rounds of the draft, but the undrafted free agent pool has been friendly to the position.
Like Elliott, though, Robinson would be a slam dunk pick. He’s a true blue-chip prospect with the ability to carry an offense. Don’t let Elliott’s 2021 and 2022 allow you to forget how dominant he was early in his career.
In 2022, Robinson led the Big 12 in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. He also led the country with 1,894 scrimmage yards, and finished second in total touchdowns. A number of elite running backs have passed through the Longhorns’ football program, and Robinson finished his career fourth in Texas history in rushing yards and tied for sixth in rushing touchdowns in just three years.
I have yet to watch one frame of any draft prospects, but I would like to see the odds that the Cowboys are already anxious and will make it their goal to draft Bijan Robinson. It feels written in the stars already. Put me down for a dollar.
— Bob Sturm (@SportsSturm) January 26, 2023
Again, a lot can happen between now and the draft, but the Cowboys are easy to read when it comes to drafting players they love, and they’re seemingly head over heels for Robinson. And judging by Robinson’s laugh-and-smile reaction, it’s not a reach to say he’d love to be donning a star on his helmet in three months time.