The Cowboy 2019 draft strategy was a bit off the wall compared to what was expected of them.
Where most thought they’d address safety early on, they instead waited until the sixth round to do so. Where most thought they would prioritize a multitude of positions over offensive line due to their current depth in the group, they instead took a guard with their second selection.
Another place they shocked some fans was with their selection of two running backs, both on day three of the draft. But while Memphis’ Tony Pollard is getting most of the headlines, Ohio State’s Mike Weber might have been their steal of the draft.
Derrik Klassen of Bleacher Report wrote up a piece identifying each team’s best “value pick” in the 2019 NFL Draft. For the Cowboys, he went with their seventh round running back, confirming what many fans were feeling on draft day.
At 5’10” 211 pounds Mike Weber ran a 4.47 second 40 yard dash. These numbers point to what can be seen on film, as Weber can run both with physicality between the tackles and speed in the open field. He is, in many ways, what the Cowboys hoped to find in their backup running back. A “complete” style of back.
Despite some being initially critical of the Cowboys for double-dipping at running back, Mike Weber and Tony Pollard will fill very different roles for the Cowboys moving forward.
Weber is much of the “RB2” the Cowboys need to fill behind Ezekiel Elliott, while Pollard will be that receiving back the Cowboys hope can be their Alvin Kamara-lite. These are lofty expectations of course, but Dallas rebuilt their running back depth chart behind their star back in Elliott, and did so on the cheap through the third day of the draft.
And they have definitely earned a certain level of trust from us as a fanbase when it comes to their draft classes in recent years.
The Dallas Cowboys have selected Running Back Mike Weber from Ohio State with a seventh-round pick, 218th overall, in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Weber is the second RB taken by the Cowboys in this draft. They selected Tony Pollard out of Memphis in the fourth round.
As soon as Karan Higdon acknowledged it, you knew it was only just beginning.
Michigan’s senior running back offered a guarantee of sorts Monday when asked about Saturday’s showdown with Ohio State, which made headlines and obviously caught the Buckeyes’ attention.
Notably, that of running back Mike Weber.
Higdon has let his play do the talking much of this season. He’s up to 1,106 yards rushing with 10 touchdowns, topping the 100-yard mark in all but one Big Ten game.
“I believe firmly in my brothers, and his team and this coaching staff. And as a captain, I’ll take that stand. Why not?” Higdon responded Monday when asked if he’d follow the path of his head coach some three decades ago.
Monday night was Weber’s response. Tuesday morning, Higdon’s brother chimed in.
Weber and Karan Higdon were in the same 2015 recruiting class.
Weber had initially committed to Michigan, but opted to sign with Ohio State. On signing day, Higdon flipped to the Wolverines from Iowa.
“I thought I was really the only back to get recruited in that class and when I heard (Higdon) was committed, it was like, ‘Oh, well then there you go.'” Weber said in 2015. “That was the answer. That’s what it was.”
Weber currently shares time in Ohio State’s backfield with J.K. Dobbins and has two 100-yard games this season. He did not play in last week’s overtime win over Maryland because of a thigh bruise.
Michigan has not beaten Ohio State since 2011.
Urban Meyer started Ohio State-Michigan with some good news: The Buckeyes should be healthy for the visit from the Wolverines.
He expects running back Mike Weber, who missed Ohio State’s win at Maryland with a quad bruise on Saturday, to be available this week.
Left tackle Thayer Munford, who was injured during the Maryland game, is “probable” with a leg injury, and reserve linebacker Baron Browning who frequently plays in the nickel defense, has been cleared to return, too.
Josh Alabi replaced Munford and graded out as a champion against the Terrapins.
With Weber sidelined, J.K. Dobbins became Ohio State’s workhorse back and responded with 203 yards on 37 carries.