Draft Day Target: RB Mewelde Moore

Mewelde Moore is a name you probably aren't too familar with when it comes to running backs available in the NFL Draft. Despite the unusual name, Moore left Tulune with 24 school records, and most scouts consider him to be the running back with the best hands in the draft. The question is, are the Cowboys interested?

RB Mewelde Moore
5-10, 209, 4.68
Tulane University
Projected Draft Position: 3rd round

Mewelde Moore left Tulane with setting 24 school records and 7 Conference USA records. As a senior, he ran the ball 185 times for 915 yards and 5 touchdowns, and he also added 39 catches for another 408 yards and 4 scores.

But that's nothing.

During his sophomore year, he tallied 262 carries for 1,421 yards and 8 touchdowns as a ball carrier, and 65 receptions for 756 yards and 7 more touchdowns as a pass catcher.

He also garnered All-American honors that year.

Mewelde Moore has the best hands of any running back in the draft and would make an ideal candidate for a team running the West Coast offense.
"He's a quick, versatile ball handler perfectly suited for a West Coast offense," notes NFL Draft Expert Tony Pauline. "He's instinctive carrying the ball, immediately finds the running lanes, and quickly gets through the open spots on the field."

Moore isn't just a standout on the gridiron; he's also excelled as a baseball player in the San Diego Padres minor league system, where's he played for three seasons since 2000.

The former Tulane star insists that his baseball career is now over however, and that he's squarely focused on the NFL. At the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine, Moore had significant interest shown in him by Green Bay, St. Louis, New Orleans, Cincinnati, and Tampa Bay this spring.

What about the Dallas Cowboys? Are Jerry Jones and company interested in drafting Mewelde Moore in two weeks?

Parcells loves pass catching running backs, and certainly Moore fits the bill there. He's also a hard worker on and off the field- another Parcells plus.

For the Cowboys however, Moore is likely at best a 4th round pick, and a guy that would be brought in to provide competition for someone drafted before him.

He's an interesting candidate however because several scouts around the league have likened him to former Cowboy great Emmitt Smith.

"He cannot take a consistent pounding on the inside and rarely picks up yardage off initial contact," adds Pauline. "Plus, he's more quick than fast, and he can't run to daylight or turn the corner with regularity."

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