Dillon trade could benefit Dallas

The Cowboys, who desperately need a running back, could have a shot to draft Steven Jackson.

Updated: June 1, 2004, 3:45 PM ET
By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
When it first became apparent that Corey Dillon was going to be shipped out of Cincinnati rumors immediately began to emerge that he would wind up in Dallas. Dillon was a productive runner and the Cowboys had a gaping hole in the backfield.

But it was New England that stepped up to the plate and picked up the Bengals' all-time leading rusher. It's true that by not making a deal for Dillon the Cowboys failed to fill a need with a proven player but, if things shake out, they could be sitting pretty on draft day.

Now that the Patriots, who have the 21st pick in the opening round, have satisfied their need for a feature back, the Cowboys could have a shot to draft Steven Jackson out of Oregon State. Jackson is widely considered the top tailback available and was not expected to get past New England's pick. Since the Cowboys will be on the clock immediately following the Pats, Jackson could wind up in Dallas.