The Dallas Cowboys surprised some people picking the Ohio State Buckeyes’ running back with the 4th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. For good reason, Elliott may have been the most talked about prospect in the draft (before the Laremy Tunsil incident), so it doesn’t shock anyone to see the Cowboys put themselves in the limelight once again. The crop-top wearing running back from Alton, Illinois put on a show the last 2 seasons putting up 1800+ yards each year. “Zeke” comes in with a ton of hype, even Emmitt Smith, one of the best running backs of all time was quoted saying that Elliot is better than him! Is there anything that can stop this 225 pound running back from tearing up NFL defenses?
Well, maybe his teammates actually. Instead of addressing an immediate need, Jerry Jones and co. decided to take whom they felt was the best player available, that being Elliott. However, having Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar creates an overcrowded rotation of running backs and could limit Elliot and others from getting their full dose of carries. Another thing that could limit Elliot’s production is the health of Tony Romo. Although Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan often like to pound the ball behind an amazing offensive line, if they get down in games and Tony Romo isn’t playing QB, carries will plummet.
As an Eagles fan, this kid is not someone I want my team to face twice per season. According to WalterFootball.com, Ezekiel’s player comparison is Steelers’ stud Le’Veon Bell, based on “his skill set and versatility” being similar to #26 in black and yellow. The key for Elliott is not letting the spotlight, the bright lights of “Jerry World” get to him like it has done to other players. Despite the extremely deep rotation, it’s not out of the question for Elliott to be getting 60-65% of the snaps and putting up 1,000 yards in his rookie year. Will the Cowboys be up in enough games though to keep giving Zeke the ball? That’s the million dollar question.