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Emmitt Smith Says Cowboys Should Pass on Draft's Best Running Back

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes rushes the football during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 44-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    I’ve been saying for weeks the Cowboys should draft an Ohio State star with the 4th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. But I want Joey Bosa, not Ezekiel Elliott.

    At least I’ve got good company.

    The NFL’s all-time leading rusher – better known as Cowboys’ Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith – said recently that he thinks Dallas should pass on a runner.

    Feeling confident with the tandem of Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris, Smith said the Cowboys should draft help for its anemic defense.

    Not that he doesn’t love the Buckeye back.

    “I love him,” Smith said of Elliott at a press conference on Tuesday. “I think he’s a very, very special kind of running back. But do you spend your first-round pick on him or do you get help on holes that you definitely need to fill?”

    Like a lot of us, Smith sees a pressing for the Cowboy to strengthen their weakness rather than strengthen their strength.

    “You know, you’ve already got two good running backs. It’s like having five cars and saying ‘I’m gonna buy another one.’ I can only drive one at a time.”

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.