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DeMarco Murray one of NFL's best, Cowboys coach says

Leading up to the trade deadline last October, the Dallas Cowboys were questioning whether DeMarco Murray was reliable enough to go forward as the featured back.

Six months later, running backs coach Gary Brown views Murray as a perennial Pro Bowl selection.

"He's just scratched the surface," Brown said, per the team's official website. "I think he's one of the better backs in the league -- he just has to go out and prove it now."

Murray led all qualifying running backs in yards per carry (5.7) against base defenses last season, per Pro Football Focus.

Finally shaking the injury bug, he averaged 17 carries and 95 rushing yards over the last seven games of the season.

Although Murray is an obvious candidate for an extension entering the final year of his rookie contract, the Cowboys' salary cap woes and the league-wide depreciation of the position suggest his future will be addressed after the 2014 season.

Murray's natural ability is impressive enough to prevent the Cowboys from overspending on Chris Johnson. Durability concerns suggest the front office should still seek an upgrade on Lance Dunbar or Joseph Randle as the No. 2 back.

In the latest edition of the "Around The League Podcast", the guys discuss "Draft Day," then break down who got better (and who got worse) in the AFC East.

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