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2016 NFL Draft: Player Profiles – Ezekiel Elliot

Running Back, Ohio State 5ft 11½in – 225lbs  40yd dash:


Running Back, Ohio State 5ft 11½in – 225lbs  

40yd dash: 4.47sBench Press: N/A
Vertical Jump: 32.5in3 Cone Drill: N/A
Broad Jump: 9ft 10in20yd Shuttle: N/A

Ezekiel Elliott is a phenominal running back, of that there is no doubt. His production at Ohio State was off the charts, his performance in the Buckeyes run through the playoffs to a National Championship in 2014 was sensational. He is the complete ball carrier; 4.4 speed, strength and a ridiculous change of direction. He is slightly lacking as a receiver and his blocking could use some work but otherwise it is hard to pick holes in Elliott’s game.  He has visited with Chicago, Dallas, Miami and Philadelphia before the draft. The Eagles were thought to be the main suitors for Elliott but their trade up to #2 seemingly removes them from the Elliott race. If he were to get picked by Dallas at #4 I honestly think he could have a 2,000 yard rookie season. The combination of that incredible offensive line and his own prodigious talent would be so good it doesn’t bare thinking about.  Of course, there is issue of his “value”. Typically, running backs have a shorter shelf life than other positions and when it comes to using a high first round pick on a player teams want longevity as well as production. For as great as Todd Gurley was last year in St. Louis, teams are generally reluctant to use a high pick on running backs these days. But for every rule there is an exception, and I think Elliott will be that exception. Maybe the Cowboys are tempted to pair him with that line and roll the clock back to their dynasty days when they ran over everyone to Super Bowl after Super Bowl, or maybe he makes it out of the top 10 and the Dolphins snag him. Either way, Elliott could very well be the most productive offensive player in this draft class and whoever ends up taking him will be very happy. 

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Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

2016 NFL Draft: Player Profiles – Ezekiel Elliot

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