Curious Choice?

There are two ways to look at this pick: on one hand, Tashard Choice is a very productive running back who is the fourth-leading rusher in Georgia Tech history and a two-time all-ACC selection after leading the conference in rushing in each of the last two years.

On the other hand, aren't there several positions at which the Cowboys have more urgent needs?

Choice (5-10 ½, 215, 4.52) is a talented runner – there's no question about that. He started his career at Oklahoma and transferred when he realized he never would unseat super-freshman Adrian Peterson. He ran for 1,473 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2006 and 1,379 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.

Choice's game is based on toughness and running hard – he doesn't have the speed to leave would-be defenders grasping at air, and he's not that elusive.

He's been compared to Washington's Ladell Betts and "the other" Adrian Peterson (of the Chicago Bears). He's a little like Marion Barber, but not quite as explosive. He catches the ball pretty well, and is a willing blocker.

A lot of teams can use a guy like Choice, but the question is, how does he fit in with the Cowboys?

Barber is going to get the bulk of the carries this year, as he should, and Felix Jones is next in line. Not only does Jones time a step faster than Choice, he also accelerates to his top speed more quickly, making Jones the more likely candidate as a return specialist.

Clearly the Cowboys are taking the "best player available" approach to this draft, and there's no question that Choice has talent. But he likely will not make a major immediate contribution unless Barber or Jones gets hurt, in which case he's a capable insurance policy.

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