The Dallas Cowboys are once again in the NFL spotlight but this time it’s for their hardly recognizable offensive line, even more so after their selections in this year’s draft.
The team’s offense picked up some shiny new additions last week including running back Bo Scarbrough, who the Cowboys drafted with their final pick in the seventh round, #236 overall.
Scarbrough is a product out of Alabama where he spent his college career as a backup under head coach Nick Saban. Coming into this Cowboy’s roster he will have a similar role where he will be expected to compete with Rod Smith for second string behind Ezekiel Elliot.
Bo Scarborough is a talented back, but it’s hard to see how he fits on the Cowboys. Not a candidate to play on special teams or on third downs, so I guess this is basically a practice squad stash/insurance pick if Zeke gets hurt?
— Scott Bell (@ScottBellDMN) April 28, 2018
Though considered to be a strong powerback, Scarbrough has a history of injuries on his resume. He suffered two ACL tears while in high school in Tuscaloosa and another ACL injury during spring practice at Alabama. He experienced another injury in 2016 when he broke his right fibula during the CFP Championship game causing him to miss the remaining second half.
The former Crimson Tide player is familiar with playing at AT&T Stadium and interestingly enough he has never experienced a loss in Jerry World. To top it off, he was picked up by America’s Team inside his new home.
How does Bo Scarbrough describe his running style? “Physical, downhill, one cut, try to run a guy over. I’m a bruiser.” cowboyswire
— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) April 28, 2018
Scarbrough is best described as a “red zone threat” or a one-cut runner making him the ideal back for the Cowboys to use in situations that call for a bulldoze into short yardage. It’s difficult to tackle him because of his powerful build, but he also has the speed to cause damage when given clear room.
As of now it is likely that Scarbrough will be used as more of a situational runner. Whether that changes later will depend on a few scenarios as we dive deeper into the season, i.e. injuries or performance. Either way the Cowboys have once again picked up a fresh set of promising players.