Derrick Henry, Mark Ingraham, T.J. Yeldon, Kenyan Drake.
Bo Scarbrough was added to that list of Alabama running backs in the NFL when the Dallas Cowboys selected him in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft with the 236th overall pick.
It’s evident that Scarbrough is huge, but his durability could have been what dropped him so far down the draft board for NFL teams.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein has high hopes for him, selecting him as a late-round draft pick likely to exceed expectations in 2018.
Ezekiel Elliott is clearly capable of handling the lion’s share of duties on all three downs, but Scarbrough is a downhill runner who has the size and demeanor to help the Cowboys continue to impose their will on the ground when Elliott is resting. I can envision Scarbrough thriving in a complementary role similar to the one the Titans‘ Derrick Henry has played behind DeMarco Murray for much of his career. Landing Scarbrough in the seventh round could turn out to be a tremendous steal this season.
Zierlein’s theory isn’t out the question, and Scarbrough teaming up with Elliott should be a scary thought for opposing defenses.
The other aspect playing in Scarbrough’s favor is Alabama’s depth. He wasn’t relied on all the time at Alabama to produce consistently. As a result, he garnered only 1,512 yards in three seasons with the Crimson Tide. It doesn’t make his stat sheet look too impressive.
If Zierlein’s prompt proves to be correct, Scarbrough could just be the steal that Dallas owner Jerry Jones and his team were looking for late in the seventh round.