After Ohio State lost to Michigan State, Heisman contending Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott voiced his displeasure with the coaching staff, in essence blaming them for the loss.
There were many of those around the NFL who believed that Elliott’s draft stock would be shot and that teams would be taking a risk if they were to draft him.
However, at least one NFC area scout disagrees.
In a comment to NFL.com, a scout said, “I got into an argument with another scout about Ezekiel Elliott after they lost to Michigan State. The other guy thought it showed selfishness and I just thought it showed his competitiveness. That Michigan game showed I was right. I think he will be a really safe pick. He’s a stud.”
The scout’s comment simply shows what NFL teams are looking for in the draft. Every team wants a stud running back, who shows a fire while not making any major mistakes. Elliott perfectly fits that mold.
Throughout his time at Ohio State, Elliott has carried the team on his back. In 2015, Elliott has rushed for 1,672 yards and found pay dirt 19 times. Without his production, where would Ohio State be?
If I’m looking for a running back in this year’s draft, a team-first guy like Elliott is the type of player I’m looking for. Elliott plans to opt out of his senior season and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.
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