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T.J. Yeldon among runners visiting Cowboys

IRVING, Texas -- There is no secret that running back is among the Dallas Cowboys' most glaring needs in the upcoming NFL draft, which is why Jerry Jones said at the recent owners meetings the team would meet with the top runners available.

To that end, the Cowboys will visit with Georgia's Todd Gurley, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, Indiana's Tevin Coleman and Boise State's Jay Ajayi.

One name that has been linked to the Cowboys since the owners meetings is Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, but he is not on the list of national visitors due at Valley Ranch this week. Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon, however, is making it to the team's facility.

After putting up back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in his first two years at Alabama, Yeldon had just 979 in 2014 but he scored 37 touchdowns in his career. He is also solid as a pass-catcher out of the backfield.

With the visits, the Cowboys have covered themselves with runners expected to go in the top three rounds. Gurley and Gordon are viewed as the best backs available, while Coleman, Ajayi and Yeldon are considered second- and third-round possibilities.

Considering the strong nature of the running back class, the Cowboys can look at other positions in the first round and perhaps the second and still find a runner to come in to help in their committee plan to replace DeMarco Murray, who led the NFL with 1,845 yards in 2014.