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Melvin Gordon will be taken by Baltimore Ravens in NFL Draft if still available

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The Dallas Cowboys, according to damn near every analyst and beat reporter commenting on the situation in recent weeks, are in the market for a running back in this year's NFL Draft. They could though be forced to look for a Plan B after reports today.

Spanner in the works

Light of DeMarco Murray after his exit to Philadelphia, and with only the injury-plagued Darren McFadden having arrived to fill the gaping hole left by the departed Offensive Player of the Year, there had been suggestions that the Cowboys are planning to use the 27th pick of the 2015 Draft on Wisconsin phenom Melvin Gordon.

According to Peter King of MMQB.com however Jerry Jones and co might have to think again. King reports that Gordon "will not get past" the Baltimore Ravens - owners of the preceding 26th overall pick.

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Gordon came third in the race for the 2014 Heisman trophy after an incredible season with the Wisconsin Badgers and is expected, alongside Todd Gurley, to be amongst the top couple of RBs off the board in Chicago.

That makes him a wanted commodity. Alongside the Ravens at number 26 - looking for back up for the returning Justin Forsett - King also suggests the Arizona Cardinals at number 24 are contemplating taking a running back. The Cowboys therefore may be unable to get what is believed to be their number one target.

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Other options

Things can change between now and April 30 of course and the former Badger may still be on the board at 27, but the Cowboys will be making contingency plans just in case the reports hold strong.

With the running back class of 2015 believed to be the strongest in a number of years there are other players who could seriously prosper behind the impressive Dallas O-line.

Alongside Gurley and Gordon, the likes of Jay Ajayi (Boise State) and Tevin Coleman (Indiana) are expected to go off the board before the weekend.

The Cowboys could of course opt to use their top pick on defense. The need at cornerback was something eluded to towards the end of the 2014 season. 

What do you think Cowboys fans? Who do you want the team to pick with their 1st round selection? Let us know in the comments section below...

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