July 12, 2024

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The Dallas Cowboys are looking for their newest RB and their choice could be a young, talented RB coming out of Eugene, Oregon. Dallas released a list of visits they’re hosting in the first week of April, and one name to note is Bucky Irving.

Irving is one of three RBs confirmed to visit with the Cowboys this week, along with Florida State product Trey Benson, Texas standout Jonathon Brooks and Wisconsin prospect Braelon Allen. Benson and Brooks have been linked to Dallas all offseason, but Irving is another name to consider.

“Another day two option at running back,” DallasCowboys.com’s Nick Harris wrote on April 2. “Irving doesn’t blow you away with his size or speed, but his ability to dip his shoulder and fight off contact allowed for him to be a productive runner for the Ducks.”

If Dallas does take an RB in the draft, Irving could provide decent value for a third-round pick. Projections have varied, putting Irving as a high-second-round pick to a mid-fourth-round selection.

As Harris alludes, Irving doesn’t have a freakish athletic profile. But the numbers and tape are certainly encouraging.

After starting his college career at Minnesota and putting together a solid freshman season, Irving tried his chances in the transfer portal and Oregon came calling. In the two seasons since, Irving has been the team’s lead back.

According to Sports Reference, Irving crossed the 1000-rushing yard mark in both 2022 (1058) and 2023 (1180.) While he was certainly effective in 2022, his second season in Eugene was a considerable step up.

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