Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is one of the top players available in the 2016 NFL Draft and many believe he could go as high as No. 4 to the Dallas Cowboys next week. However, NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper doesn’t seem to believe he is in the top five discussion.
Kiper recently released his latest mock draft and the former Buckeye is not only falling out of the top 15, but completely out of the first round. He currently has Elliott falling to the Cowboys in the top of the second round, instead of the first round.
Kiper admitted he knows it is hard to believe that would actually happening, but he just thinks a running back isn’t worth a first round pick this season.
“I know this isn’t a realistic draft scenario, but it’s a glimpse at how I’d draft at running back.”
He later justified that by having Alabama running back Derrick Henry going to the Oakland Raiders in the second round, making him the only other back taken in the first two rounds.
It is hard to believe that teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and the Miami Dolphins would pass up on Ezekiel Elliott next week, but Kiper knows a little more about the draft than most. This could end up being one of the most surprising developments next weekend.
As for the top two picks, Kiper has the Los Angeles Rams rolling the dice on Cal’s Jared Goff and the Cleveland Browns moving forward with Carson Wentz at No. 2.
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