The Dallas Cowboys have had a rough time of things as of late.
Yesterday they received the news that their risky signing of controversial defensive end Greg Hardy had not paid off, as the edge rusher had been suspended for 10 games following the NFL's investigation into his domestic violence case.
And then there is the case of the running back problems. The Cowboys lost DeMarco Murray in free agency and haven't properly replaced. Dallas want Adrian Peterson, Adrian Peterson wants Dallas, but the Minnesota Vikings aren't interested. However, one star of the NFL Draft wants to join the Cowboys and fill that void.
Johnson for Jerry Jones
This year's draft hosts a plethora of star running backs. Just like the 2014 draft had a potentially legendary class of wide receivers with Sammy Watkins, Odell Beckham, Mike Evans and more, the 2015 class of backs is very, very special.
Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon headline the class and will likely be first round picks, with Ameer Abdullah, Jay Ajayi, Tevin Coleman, T.J. Yeldon and Duke Johnson all set to be taken in the 2nd or 3rd and all who could start. Well Johnson spoke to NFL Network and said there was one place he would love to play, in Arlington, Texas for the Dallas Cowboys.
Johnson, who is the leading rusher in the history of the Miami Hurricanes - a school that has produced stars like Frank Gore, Willis McGahee, Clinton Portis and Edgerrin James just to name a few - was on NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Monday and was asked what team best fits his running style. Johnson picked Dallas.
"In college, we ran the same outside zone scheme," said Johnson, who added "I can run it, basically, in my sleep."
Johnson rushed for 1,652 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Hurricanes last season. He also caught 38 passes for 421 yards and three touchdowns. The Cowboys could do a lot worse than taking 'The U's' most recent star.
After drafting Zack Martin in the first round of the 2014 Draft, Dallas have an offensive line that is the envy of the NFL. They now need to bring in a speedster who can take advantage of those gaps. Who knows, Duke Johnson could well be the man to do that.