However, owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday it's not a necessity that the Cowboys come away with a running back.
"It's not urgent. It's not urgent in the draft," he said. "We don't have that as a must to come out of here with a running back."
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Dallas could draft a running back in the third or fourth round.
Despite that outside assessment, Jones believes the Cowboys would be fine entering the season with their current corps.
"Yes, if we had to," he said. "Yes. Again, is running back an area of interest position-wise? Certainly. Certainly it is. But my opinion is we could play with the running backs we've got right now and play well."
At this stage in the draft process there is a chance that Jones is tossing up a massive smokescreen by utilizing the "we'll take the best player available" mantra. It will be interesting to see the Cowboys' decision if either Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon are available when the Cowboys pick at No. 27.
One statement Jones made that is undoubtedly true is about the most important area he wants to upgrade in the draft.
"I'd say we do need to help the defense, as a must. By hook or crook," he said.