Mel Kiper sees Todd Gurley as Cowboys best 'fit'

IRVING, Texas -- The NFL draft is five weeks away and the Dallas Cowboys’ needs are certainly obvious, even with what they have done in free agency.

In no particular order, they need running back, defensive line, cornerback, linebacker and offensive line help.

In his recent ESPN Insider column, Mel Kiper Jr. has offered up his best “fits” for teams and came up with Georgia running back Todd Gurley to Dallas. He wrote:

The fit: Dallas is going to have one of the best run-blocking lines in the NFL next season, if not the best. The Cowboys don't need a dancer, they need a player who will get downhill fast and turn a crease into a big run because he's so hard to get to the ground when he hits the second level. Gurley can do that. Dallas added Darren McFadden, but they won't be done at this position.

To me, it all comes down to Gurley’s knee. If it checks out fine, then I can see the Cowboys going in this direction. The only pause I would have is when would he be on the field his rookie year? It’s possible he starts the season on the non-football injury list, and that could cost him the first six games of the season. (It wouldn’t be the physically unable to perform list because he was hurt in college. Bruce Carter was on NFI his rookie year.)

I don’t think there should be such a narrow-minded view of six games compared to a potential five-year run with a player, but it would make me take pause.

Gurley is the best running back in the draft. He is electrifying. He can hit the home runs, but I think he can make those “dirty” runs Jason Garrett talks about. But with the Cowboys offensive line, would it make more sense to go with a higher need in the first round -- and yes, I realize people will hate seeing “need” thrown around, but I’m of the belief it has to be factored in when taking a player at any position -- and get a runner in the second or third round?

Soon the Cowboys will be kicking around these very thoughts with their front office, scouts and coaches together locked in a room.