In breaking down possible draft targets for the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Morning News blogger Jonathan Bales found a player to compare former Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle to that would be quite easy for Cowboy fans to understand.
Certainly not the first time the similarities between Randle and Murray, the former Sooner standout and current Dallas Cowboy, have been highlighted. Both have a tall and lean build. Both have a more upright running style and are reliable pass-catchers out of the backfield. And both racked up touches, yards and scores in college.
The key difference, Bales said? Breakaway speed.
Looks like that will continue to be the knock on Randle, despite the improvement in his 40-yard dash time from the Combine (4.63 seconds) to OSU’s pro day (4.54). Murray ran a 4.41 during his draft prep.
NFL Draft experts like to stress the difference between pure “speed” and “quickness” when it comes to analyzing possible success at that position at the next level. Of course, other qualities like vision, durability, strength, open-field moves and blocking ability are important in an NFL running back.
Still, the comparison is interesting. Bales even says it might entice the Dallas Cowboys to select Randle in the second or third round. You can read his entire post here.