Dallas Cowboys NFL Draft Targets: Ezekiel Elliott, Paxton Lynch, Laquon Treadwell, Derrick Henry, Kenneth Dixon, DeForest Buckner Options?

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Jan 28, 2016 11:41 AM EST
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Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes
Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the ball during the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ohio State defeated Michigan 42-13. "

The Dallas Cowboys have a top five pick in the NFL draft this year and players like Laquon Treadwell, Ezekiel Elliott, Paxton Lynch, Kenneth Dixon, Derrick Henry and Jared Goff could be potential targets.

The Cowboys had a tough season while dealing with injuries to Tony Romo and Dez Bryant in 2015 and those issues could impact what the team does in the draft this year. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jerry Jones spoke about the cowboys quarterback situation on 105.3 the Fan, saying that the team would be open to "young backup quarterbacks available this off-season who come with some risk" and also that the team needs to make the most of having a top four pick in the draft this year.

While that doesn't necessarily mean that the Cowboys will go with a quarterback at number four overall, it's likely at some point the team will bring in a player to develop behind Tony Romo. Romo is having offseason surgery to help repair his broken collarbone and that could also have an impact about what the Cowboys do at the position. The team felt they could get by without Romo if they got strong enough play from the QB position this season, but that clearly did not work out as planned.
Goff is likely to be off the board

According to ESPN.com, Romo said to Todd Archer that he has "had a conversation" with Jones about potentially taking a quarterback in the draft and that he has no issue with the team doing that. Romo said, "If the best player there is a quarterback, then that's what our team needs." The Cowboys have a number of ways they can go with the number four overall pick in the draft, as there is a chance that Jared Goff, the top rated player in most scout rankings, will not be on the board.

If Goff slips past the Browns and no team trades up to take him, expect the Cowboys to think long and hard about taking the Cal quarterback at number four. If that doesn't happen, the team still has some other options, as players like Paxton Lynch, Carson Wentz, Connor Cook, Christian Hackenberg and Kevin Hogan also could be potential options. Treadwell could be an enticing target, as he had a huge season at Ole Miss and could be a solid number two next to Dez Bryant, who is coming back from having multiple surgeries on his foot and ankle this offseason.

If the Cowboys decide not to take a quarterback early, some other names to keep an eye on include Ezekiel Elliott, Laquon Treadwell, DeForest Buckner, Kenneth Dixon, Laremy Tunsil and Shaq Lawson. Elliott or Henry could be options to help add depth with Darren McFadden, while Mel Kiper has the team taking Buckner to help with the potential loss of Greg Hardy in free agency. Henry and Elliott are considered to be the top backs in the draft and could be targets. Jon Machota at the Dallas Morning News‎ writes that the team could potentially trade down from the number four pick and then could take Lynch and Elliott in the first round.

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