ESPN’s Mel Kiper has released his latest NFL 2023 first-round mock draft, and it includes one giant surprise that has Dallas Cowboys fans buzzing.
The Cowboys, who were eliminated by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Round on Sunday, hold the No. 26 selection in April’s draft. In his latest mock exercise, Kiper has America’s Team taking star Texas running back Bijan Robinson:
“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.”
This is an enticing prediction from Kiper because Dallas still has two-time rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott under contract, and pending free agent Tony Pollard rushed for a career-high 1,007 yards last season.
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As you’d expect, Kiper’s Robinson-to-Dallas pick sent Twitter into a frenzy. Here are some of the funniest tweets we came across.
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