There is no questioning that Ezekiel Elliott is one of the best running backs in the 2016 NFL Draft class. He has been highly regarded as one of the most athletic players in the Draft and he should be able to come in and make an immediate impact for any team.
After his impressive performance at the NFL Combine last week, it looks like he could be making an even bigger jump up some teams’ draft boards. On Tuesday, ESPN NFL analyst Louis Riddick says that he could see the Dallas Cowboys taking Elliott with their fourth overall pick.
On Wednesday, Campus Sports spoke with NFL Draft expert Todd McShay and he seemed to agree with those statements. He talked about how Elliott could go at any point in the first round.
“Nothing with shock me with where Ezekiel goes,” McShay explained in a media conference call. “(Teams) have high enough grades to warrant him being top three or four. I thought about it briefly for Dallas, but didn’t pull the trigger. I think their bigger need is up front defensively or at corner, if they don’t go quarterback.”
McShay continued to talk about Elliott and said that he is one of the best running backs he has ever seen. McShay also explained that there isn’t much wrong he can find about the former Ohio State Buckeye.
“Ezekiel Elliot is a game-changer. He’s got that potential,” McShay said. “If you’re going to look for one knock on him, he probably doesn’t break as many tackles as you’d like to see, especially before he gets momentum going. But there’s nothing else. When I study the tape there’s just nothing else that is wrong. He’s the most competitive and best blocker I’ve ever evaluated as a run blocker at the position. He’s a really good pass protector.”
It certainly looks like we could have the next great NFL running back on our hands. There’s no telling where he will, but we will just have to wait until April 28 to find out.
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