Our next profile looks at a Sooner legend who burst onto the NFL scene in the middle of last season. How he’ll do this season will come under much speculation but if chosen at the right time, he can morph into a fabulous value.
Background Info: After a highly-decorated career as the all-time leader in touchdowns at the University of Oklahoma, Murray was a third-round draft selection by the Cowboys. He began the 2011/12 season as the third-string halfback before an injury to starter Felix Jones led to Murray getting reps on the field. Even though he did not start the Week 7 matchup against the Rams, Murray set the Cowboys’ single-game rushing record with a staggering 253 yards on 25 carries. He continued the season as the Cowboys’ feature back and made himself known to fantasy players who scouraged for him on the waiver wire. A terrible ankle injury ended DeMarco’s season, one in which he rushed for 897 yards (5.5 YPC) and cemented himself as Dallas’ most dangerous backfield weapon.
What To Expect: Murray is an explosive runner and could feasibly crack 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns if he is given first-team touches and stays healthy all season. A pseudo-platoon with Felix Jones could detract from Murray’s total touches but he is talented enough to be a feature back for many seasons to come for the Cowboys.
Positional Ranking: I have Murray outside of the top 10 running backs as expected, but he has a case to be in the top 15 and worthy of a commendable draft position. He is clearly not an elite back right now but could be a valuable commodity, especially when Dallas plays considerably weaker teams. Murray is a justifiable third-round pick. If you draft him, be sure to either draft or pick up Felix Jones as a “handcuff” option; Murray has a slight history of being bitten by the injury bug.
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