I profiled Elliott extensively before the 2016 NFL Draft, even while believing that the Cowboys wouldn’t take a running back as high as their fourth-overall selection in the first round some 15 months ago.
What I learned was that Elliott came from a stable family, which included a mother and father in the home. Elliott’s parents were both athletes at University of Missouri and Elliott was expected for several years to follow in their footsteps at Mizzou.
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Elliott made the decision to buck expectations by bolting Columbia, Missouri for Columbus, Ohio to play for the Buckeyes of Ohio State, a decision that undoubtedly served his then-potential NFL career quite well. Let’s just say that beating Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide with 230 yards rushing in the College Football Playoff will do wonders for your prospects in the NFL.
His pro and college resume fully acknowledged and accepted, I propose that the Dallas Cowboys do the unthinkable.
Trade Ezekiel Elliott to the highest bidder.
First team I’d call?
The Minnesota Vikings.
Okay, not the Vikings, but Minnesota is now without the services of Adrian Peterson and it’s a fact that lightning does strike the same place twice. It’s only a matter of when.
Seriously, when we consider the immediate impact that the Herschel Walker trade of 1989 had on America’s Team, it’s at least a discussion that needs to take place and owner and general manager Jerry Jones is just the guy to pull off such a maneuver.
Think about it.
Would you trade Elliott for three first round draft picks and three second round picks?
I’m hoping the answer is an easy yes.