Former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott has done a terrific job of boosting his draft stock since announcing his declaration for the NFL Draft. Elliott has been long considered the best running back in the draft for some time, but it seems now that fans could be looking at the best running back prospect in a very long time.
Pro Football Focus recently looked at some of the things that makes Ezekiel Elliott a great back and some of the things that he could improve on. There were, however, more good things than bad and that makes him one of the best prospects since Adrian Peterson came out of Oklahoma.
Elliott has been called one of the best pass blockers in sometime and even drew praise from NFL Draft expert Todd McShay, who called him “the best pass blocker he has ever seen.” Head coach Urban Meyer even went so far as to say he is “the best player I’ve ever coached without the ball in his hand.”
And you have to take into account what he has done the last two years. He has gone for over 1,800 yards the last two seasons with 18 and 23 touchdowns in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
As for what he could improve on, some have compared Ezekiel Elliott to Eddie Lacy and some of the concerns they had with him coming out of Alabama in 2014. Some say that he may “come up short” on plays where he has the chance to take a ball to the house.
However, that doesn’t mean Elliott isn’t worthy of a top-ten pick. Right now, any team would benefit from having him on their team.
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