Earlier this afternoon, the Dallas Cowboys traded their 5th round pick for Raider’s Fullback Jamize Olawale and a 6th round pick. With the loss of fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, it was important to the Cowboys to obtain an established veteran to replace him. Olawale has 7 combined touchdowns (4 rushes and 3 receptions) during his 6 year career with the Oakland Raiders and has been with the club since 2012. And before that? He was a member of the Cowboys practice squad until the Raiders signed him during the 2012 season.
Cowboys fans don’t have to worry about whether or not Olawale is worth the 5th round pick Dallas paid for him. He most likely is. Coming into the league as an undrafted free agent, Olawale has carved a nice career for himself out of a position many teams in the league no longer value. The kind of consistency that Olawale found in Oakland reflects his usefulness to an offensive roster. In a day and age where fullbacks are cut frequently to make room for other players, it is uncommon to see one fullback with a single franchise for so long.
Olawale appears to be pretty dynamic for a fullback. With 425 yards off of 39 receptions to his career, Olawale is averaging a cool 10.9 yards per catch. He weighs about 240 pounds on his 6’1 frame. Knowing how Dallas values position flexibility, do not be surprised if he gets a couple turns on the running back carousel in the preseason.
Whether his production as an Oakland Raider will be able to transfer over to Dallas probably depends more on coaching and scheme than Olawale’s athleticism.
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