Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott will be drafted tonight in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and the Dallas Cowboys are a favorite to use the No. 4 pick to draft him. And if one were to ask Elliott himself, he would be OK with that.
Speaking to reporters yesterday, including Charean Williams of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Elliott praised the Cowboys’ offensive line and said it “would be an honor” to play behind it.
“It would be an honor for any running back to go run behind them,” Elliott said. “I’m sure every running back in this draft is licking their chops for the opportunity to play behind that line. The commitment to the run and just all the all the veterans, all the superstars around you, is appealing. You’ve got some vets around you that you can learn a lot from. You can learn a lot from Romo. You can learn a lot from Jason Witten. You can learn a lot from Dez (Bryant). I think it would be a good situation for me. I could go in there and I can learn and I can develop.”
There’s no doubt that the Cowboys have a great offensive line, as former Dallas running back DeMarco Murray led the NFL with 1,845 rush yards in 2014. Given Elliott’s great ability to elude tacklers and get creative in the backfield, he could indeed be a great fit in Dallas even if drafting a running back at No. 4 is a bit of a reach.
The NFL Draft kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, so be sure to tune in!
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