I’m always loathed to take a running back in the top half of the first round. I’d take the use them and loose them approach- draft in the third, run them into the ground and once the rookie contract is up onto a new one. That said, I’m adamant that teams should stick to their draft boards. Take the best player available.
Size, speed, pass blocking ability with good hands and able to be a third down back – it’s incredibly difficult to find fault with Elliott. While he may not top every test at the combine his 40 yard dash time was one of the best and met expectations.
"“I think the thing that sets me apart is just my versatility. I’m a guy that can play three downs. You don’t have to take me off the field. I value blocking more than anything. I obviously love to run the ball, and I think I have great hands out of the backfield.” – Zeke Elliott"
Elliott is exactly as he described. He’ll be drafted early on and is destined to have a big impact in the first of a long NFL career. The Cowboys would have to draft him with that number 4 pick if they want him. However there’s just too many questions on the defensive side of the ball that Elliott is likely to be a luxury they cannot afford.
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