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2017 NFL DRAFT

Ezekiel Elliott, RB

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 225 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
811

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.452.621.58- 32 1/29'10"--

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Chicago Bears | #11
    John Fox was brought to Chicago in part to instill the blue collar toughness which for so long epitomized the Bears. Elliott's rugged, determined playing style would fit in perfectly. The Bears will know Elliott's all-around play better than most, with former Buckeyes' running back coach Stan Drayton, taking over the same job in Chicago a year ago. The duo of Elliott and Jeremy Langford would help Chicago replace the production lost with Matt Forte and tight end Martellus Bennett now longer on the roster.
  • Miami Dolphins | #8
    So who do the Browns draft at No. 8? The most likely candidate could be a trade down as Cleveland looks to add picks in next year's draft. The Dolphins are looking for a playmaker in the backfield and trade up five spots to their original drafting spot to secure Elliott.
  • Miami Dolphins | #13
    They need a back. Elliott is the best back in the draft. So that trade back with the Eagles lands them two defensive starters and they get a big weapon for their offense going forward.
  • Miami Dolphins | #8
    Lot of smoke with the Dolphins and Elliott and it makes sense given the desire to improve Ryan Tannehill (Elliott can run, pass and block, and will make whoever he plays with better instantly) and only Jay Ajayi on the roster.
  • Miami Dolphins | #8
    The Dolphins have been heavily rumored to be interested in trading up for Elliott, and we know the Browns are willing to move down for more picks.
 

Player Overview

Elliott was able to generate monster stats during the 2015 season despite being the focus of nearly every opponent due to the struggles of the Buckeyes' passing game.

He caused a bit of a ripple following a loss to Michigan in November when he questioned the playcalling and told the media it was his last game in the Big House. Still, most believe that will have minimal impact on his draft status.

"Did you see him in tears before the game? That's passion. I wish all of the players on our team had his passion and character," an NFL scout told NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler. "The talking heads who say he's going to fall in the draft are simply living in the moment ... just like Elliott did. The next talented player who falls in the draft because of a 'too honest' moment after a game will be the first."

Elliott can expect to be grilled about the comments during pre-draft interviews, but he will still likely emerge as a strong candidate to be the first running back drafted. Within the Ohio State program, he is known as the ultimate team guy, something that is obvious on the field and with the way his coaches and teammates respect him off the field.

"Look, it was unacceptable," another scout told Brugler about the comments. "Those who watched that game know he was right. But you just can't say what he did and call out the coaches. He had an immature moment and I know our coaches will have something to say about it. But this is a player who doesn't have a track record of maturity issues or character problems. He comes from a supportive family. He hands the ball to the official after each score.

"I bet he'll learn from this, apologize and be a better teammate because of it. And as long as he shows that moving forward, it'll just be a small bump in the road that won't slow him down. He's better than the Wisconsin kid (Melvin Gordon) last year. We'll gladly take him."

Elliott gained legendary status in the state of Ohio with his performance down the stretch in 2014, recording back-to-back-to-back 200-yard rushing performances in the Big Ten Championship Game vs. Wisconsin (220 yards), Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama (230) and National Championship game vs. Oregon (246). He earned offensive MVP honors in the final two games and finished the 2014 season with 1,878 rushing yards, the second-most in school history, adding 18 touchdowns.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Elliott is extremely well-rounded as a runner with ideal size for the position along with coordinated footwork that is always in sync with his eyes. He runs with natural pad level and fantastic forward lean, using his balance, leg drive and relentless fight to move the chains and pick up every inch he can. Plays with a strong intensity for the game.

Elliott is at his best on counter run plays, stopping on a dime and transitioning his weight to shoot through holes and dart through the second level of the defense. He displays outstanding vision to quickly read blocks and rarely runs with hesitation, bouncing away from would-be tacklers without slowing down.

WEAKNESSES: Elliott needs to become more consistent as a receiver and needs refinement as a blocker, but it's tough to find weaknesses in his run style, which is why he could projects as one of the top running backs and a likely first-round pick in the 2016 class.

--Dane Brugler (12/1/15)

 
 
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01/01/2016 - Ohio State halfback Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 149 yards and tied a Fiesta Bowl record with four touchdowns in his final college game in the No. 7 Buckeyes' 44-28 victory over the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on Friday. Elliott, a junior, scored on 2-, ,1- and 1-yard runs in the first half, and his 47-yard dash on a counter play gave the Buckeyes (12-1) a 35-21 lead with 6:37 left in the third quarter. Coach Urban Meyer said Thursday that Elliott has declared for the NFL Draft. The Buckeyes looked very much like a team that could repeat as the national champion but for a 17-14 walkoff loss to Michigan State on Nov. 21 that snapped their 10-game winning streak and kept them out of the Final Four.

Quarterback J.T. Barrett passed for 211 yards and a touchdown, with an interception, and rushed for 96 yards as Ohio State opened a 28-7 lead in the second quarter, the largest deficit Notre Dame faced this season. Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer passed for 284 yards and two touchdowns, with an interception, and rushed for another score as Notre Dame (10-3) suffered its second straight loss. The Irish's only other losses were to Clemson and Stanford, both by two points. Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller had six catches for 113 yards and a touchdown, and his 81-yard score brought the Irish within 10, 38-28, with 11:27 remaining. - The Sports Xchange

 

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