With the 2016 NFL draft only a few hours away, rumors are hotter than ever regarding the Dallas Cowboys and what player they are going to select with the No. 4 overall pick. While the Cowboys were rumored to be in the market for a quarterback a few weeks ago, it is unlikely that they will be drafting a young signal caller in the opening round. California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff is likely on his way to the Los Angeles Rams, and North Dakota State Bison quarterback Carson Wentz will probably become a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. While nothing is official, numerous NFL insiders believe that Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott is going to be the Cowboys’ first-round draft pick.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Cowboys have been linked to Elliott for the past few weeks. While running backs are generally not drafted as high anymore, Elliott is a special talent. Even though he has not yet played a down in the NFL, many scouts believe that he can have a career similar to Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Combine that with the Cowboys’ elite offensive line, and Elliott could be a special player in Dallas for a long time.
If not Elliott, the Cowboys are also considering Florida State University cornerback Jalen Ramsey. In addition to being an elite prospect at the cornerback position, Ramsey is also viewed as a player that can fill in as a safety. Regardless of Ramsey’s potential, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones appears to prefer Elliott, as reported by Bleacher Report.
While the Cowboys still have a few hours to make their final decision, numerous NFL analysts and experts are taking to Twitter to report their inside information.
Greg Garbiel of NFPost believes Elliott will be the pick. Interestingly enough, he states Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, not Jones, as the reason why.
If both Garrett and Jones want to draft Elliott, you have to believe that is going to mean a lot in the Cowboys’ draft room. Other analysts also took to Twitter to discuss the Cowboys’ possibilities.
Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel makes an interesting point. While Elliott would be a perfect fit for the Cowboys, they may still be looking to use him as leverage in a potential trade. As previously noted, running back is a devalued position in today’s NFL, but Elliott is a special talent. In addition to the Cowboys, the Chicago Bears and New York Giants have also been rumored to have interest in Elliott, as reported by the Inquisitr. It is unknown if the Bears or Giants would be interested in trading up for Elliott, but the Cowboys are doing a great job of making them think that they will have to.
As seen in an interview on the Star-Telegram, Elliott is excited about the potential of running behind the Cowboys’ stellar offensive line.
“It would be an honor for any running back to go run behind them. I’m sure every running back in this draft is licking their chops for the opportunity to play behind that line. The commitment to the run and just all the all the veterans, all the superstars around you, is appealing. You’ve got some vets around you that you can learn a lot from.”
Rumors will likely continue to link the Dallas Cowboys to Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott. While a trade remains a possibility, it appears as though Jones and Garrett really covet Elliott. Since the draft is only a few hours away, the Cowboys may soon have their next great running back.
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