Looking ahead at the 2016 NFL Draft, there are a few different teams that will be searching for some help at the running back position. Ezekiel Elliott is one of the top running backs available, with Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry also in the mix to be the first running back selected.
“Elliott can create on his own, [Henry] can’t. So as big and fast and freakish as Henry may look, because his game would be limited if he were to land in an offense that demands more out of backs in the passing game, his ability doesn’t translate as well as it may seem it would on TV,” the report read.
There is no question that Elliott has the ability and quickness to get around the edge and break some tackles. Henry is a bit too big to be doing things like that, which will limit him at the next level.
During the 2015 college football season, Elliott carried the football 262 times for 1,672 yards and 19 touchdowns. He didn’t end up in the Heisman finalist voting, but certainly was one of the best players in the nation.
Henry, on the other hand, picked up 1,986 yards and 23 touchdowns on 339 carries. Those numbers were deserving of the Heisman.
It will be intriguing to see which running back has the better NFL career in about five years.
Elliott has a very bright future ahead of him, which is obvious from these comments. He has every single physical talent to become a superstar in the NFL, but he has to prove it on-the-field.
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