Former Ohio State running back and 2016 NFL Draft prospect Ezekiel Elliott is expected to be a Day 1 pick in the spring and should have no problem with interviews at the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine, but Elliott would clearly prefer that teams interviewing him shy away from one topic.
That topic is Elliott’s comments following Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State in 2015, when he questioned the play-calling of the Buckeyes’ coaching staff and abruptly declared for the draft. Elliott appeared on ESPN’s Highly Questionable yesterday and was asked about those comments, and he literally held up a piece of paper and said that question was “off limits.”
"That's on my list of topics that are off-limits," Ezekiel Elliott said. Literally. pic.twitter.com/ypwZXr52od
— Andrew Holleran (@andrewjholleran) February 16, 2016
Everyone had a good laugh about it, as one can see, but those remarks aren’t going to be any laughing matter come the combine next week. Elliott lashed out at the coaches for not getting him the ball more, as he only had 33 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries against the Spartans. Though the comments were made out of frustration at a loss that killed the Buckeyes’ chances of winning a national championship, NFL teams are going to want to know that Elliott won’t make a habit out of criticizing the coaching staff.
That said, though the topic is “off-limits” now, Elliott had better prepare himself to have to answer for his comments in Indianapolis next week.
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