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Cowboys bringing in Gurley, other top backs for a pre-draft visit

Former Georgia running back Todd Gurley has the size and speed to be a feature back in the National Football League. A knee injury late last season has not hurt his draft value.
Former Georgia running back Todd Gurley has the size and speed to be a feature back in the National Football League. A knee injury late last season has not hurt his draft value. AP

The Dallas Cowboys are in the market for another running back and they’ll be looking for one in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who is attending the NFL owners meetings this week, confirmed that the Cowboys are planning pre-draft visits from the top backs in the draft led by Todd Gurley of Georgia and Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin. They are also bringing in Tevin Coleman of Indiana, Jay Ajayi of Boise State and Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska.

DeMarco Murray, the NFL’s leading rusher last season, left Dallas in free agency to join the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys added free agent running back Darren McFadden from Oakland in free agency. Their other options are holdovers Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams.

Jones, who has a history of draft-day trades, and the Cowboys are looking for more help in the backfield in general and a featured back in particular.

Despite losing Murray, the Cowboys will keep their ground and pound philosophy that helped them win the NFC East in 2014 and make their first postseason appearance since 2009. The Cowboys lost 26-21 at Green Bay in the divisional round of the playoffs.

The NFL Draft is April 30-May 2 at Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

The Cowboys have the 27th overall pick. They have a total of seven selections, with one in each of the first five rounds and two picks in the seventh round. Compensatory picks have yet to be determined.

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