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Looking Away From Murray: Melvin Gordon

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    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: (L-R) Amari Cooper, Melvin Gordon, and Marcus Mariota pose for a picture with the Heisman Trophy during a press confrence at the New York Marriott Marquis on December 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

    One of the biggest offseason questions facing the Dallas Cowboys after their 13-5 season, and one that will need to be answered sooner rather than later, is whether they bring back running back DeMarco Murray on the heels of his record-setting season.

    Emotion and sentiment says it's a no-brainer, but logic might say otherwise.

    So what if the Cowboys let Murray walk after the greatest season in franchise history for a running back? Where could the Cowboys go as an alternative?

    There's talk of the Cowboys looking to the draft to replace Murray, which would likely require a first-round pick (No. 27) and definitely no later than their second-round selection. A guy that could possibly be there when the Cowboys come up at No. 27 is Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon.

    Gordon, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, was a machine for the Badgers as a junior this past season, leading the nation with 2,587 yards, including a record-setting 408 yards on just 25 carries against Nebraska. He was simply a production machine for the Badgers.

    Along with Todd Gurley, Gordon is probably the cream of the crop in what might be the best running back draft class in quite some time, and given the NFL's decreased reliance on the workhorse running back, it's not out of question these days that guys like that could fall to the end of the first round or even into the second.