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With the fourth pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select RB Ezekiel Elliott from Ohio State University.
Dallas just shocked the football world here and also vaulted Elliot up to maybe the top of the preseason rankings for fantasy football, as behind their offensive line, he could potentially rush for 2,000 yards in his rookie season. Entering the 2015 college football season, there was no secret that Zeke Elliott of Ohio State was the best running back in the country. He was coming off of a national title run in which the Buckeye underdog playoff winning streak was carried almost entirely on his back. While the 2015 season came and went without a repeat title, the constant still remains – Elliott is the jewel of this running back class. Right off the bat, evidenced on tape Elliott’s relentless motor. He runs with excellent pad level and always seems to be headed downhill with malice. Upon impact, Elliott always seems to deliver the blow. He always falls forward and will never be a liability in short-yardage situations. Considering all of his power and urgency as a runner, his vision is second to none in this class. Elliott practices patience, allowing the hole to fully develop instead of running into clutter. Once things open up, he explodes through the hole and makes it a track meet to the end zone. At the second level, Elliott is feared. He wields a devastating stiff arm and a high-quality hop-cut when needed. Lastly on his long list of positive traits, Elliott is one of the most accomplished blockers in this class. Always willing to mix it up with edge defenders and linebackers, he almost never allows anyone to best him in protection. He seems to welcome the idea of even serving as a lead blocker on select plays, proving that his physicality and toughness should never be questioned. While there are very few downsides to Elliott’s game, he might be better served with a little more patience in the backfield. It’s not that he ever misses the designed hole, but if he were to be a little more patient, he would more often see when the home run back cut lanes open up. He also needs a slightly better understanding on pass protection concepts. He will never lose the pass blocking battle by being out-physicaled, but when stunts are sent his way, he has the tendency to get confused conceptually. Ultimately, as you can see, Elliott is one of the safest picks in this entire draft. His game is virtually unblemished, and while I may be in the minority here, I feel that he is an even more polished prospect entering the NFL than Todd Gurley was last year. Gutsy, yet terrific pick for Dallas here.
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