The NFL Network experts are giving DeMarco Murray credit for raising his stock at last year’s Senior Bowl, and to the Cowboys for drafting him.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said it was Murray’s strength inside the tackles that made a difference.
“We knew he could be physical. We did not know he could run between the tackles,” Jones said in an interview with the NFL Network this week. “We didn’t see that a lot. But we knew he had the speed, could block, protect, and knew that he could really catch the ball.”
The Cowboys drafted Murray in the third round last year, and he wound up as the team’s leading rusher despite missing most of training camp with a hamstring injury and then missing the final three games because of a broken ankle.
Jones said Murray’s power separates him from Felix Jones.
“He’s just harder to bring down than Felix,” Jones said. “Felix has the quickness, the vision and can get outside. But Murray did bring that dimension of power, and there’s probably not five pounds’ worth of difference between the two. But he finishes. He’s just so powerful into the finish. And there’s no question that he really gave us a lift last year.”
-- Carlos Mendez