When it comes to 7th round draft picks, you don’t exactly expect them to make a strong impact for their respective team. Of course, the league has seen a handful of 7th round success stories like Donald Driver, Marques Colston, Julian Edelman, and so on, but for the most part, 7th round picks end up being extra bodies for training camp and practice squad guys. Though this year for the Cowboys may be different.
With the 236th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough. If you follow college football, you know who Bo is. The 228 pound freight train was a force to be reckoned with in the SEC through his junior season. In his three years in Tuscaloosa, Scarbrough ran for over 1500 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground while averaging 5.7 yards per rush. Alabama reached the National Championship game in all three seasons, winning two of them in 2015 and 2017. In the loss to Clemson in 2016, Scarbrough trucked for 93 yards and two touchdowns in the last second 35-31 defeat.
So what can we expect from Scarbrough in a Cowboys uniform? I’d say a lot of the same just in smaller doses. Running behind his fellow 2018 draftee Connor Williams and the Dallas offensive line will be a dream come true for Scarbrough. With his size and physicality added to the dominate blocking ability across the board for the O-Line, Bo should be able to rumble through the holes and prevail in short yardage opportunities when given the chance to take the field.
Though the likelihood that Scarbrough sees many carries during his rookie campaign is slim, as he’ll likely sit third on the depth chart behind Zeke and Rod Smith while also losing carries to newly acquired play maker Tavon Austin; he’ll be ready. While playing at Alabama, the Crimson Tide played three games at AT&T Stadium, winning them all decisively so Scarbrough is no stranger to playing under the bright lights in Arlington. “I think it will be just like Alabama. That’s home for Alabama and it’s definitely home for me now.”
Bo Scarbrough on playing at AT&T Stadium: "I think it will be just like Alabama. That's home for Alabama and it's definitely home for me now. Playing in that Dallas stadium was just like being a Cowboy. Every time Alabama comes and we play in the Cowboys’ stadium, we always win." pic.twitter.com/adIkD6GGfU
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 29, 2018
With durability and break away speed concerns, Scarbrough isn’t seen as an every down back in the NFL. But that’s okay, because that’s not what he was drafted to be for the Cowboys. Scarbrough will be a bruiser that Scott Linehan can send in the game when Zeke needs a breather or in short yardage situations. Adding Scarbrough to Zeke, Rod Smith, and even Tavon Austin, the Cowboys have set themselves up to have one of the most well-rounded running back rooms in the league and behind that offensive line, anything is possible.
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