Ezekiel Elliott was considered to be the best player in the 2016 NFL Draft class by many, and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the No. 4 overall pick. It was a move that many expected, but others thought that the Cowboys would go with a defensive player. Elliott was the right pick for the Cowboys, however, and will become a superstar with his new team.
Jerry Jones is always looking to make a splash, whether that splash comes in free agency or the draft. Elliott was definitely the best player available, even though Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey may have been a fit for a bigger position of need.
It was a disappointing season for the Cowboys — to say the least — last season. They finished the year with a 4-12 record that was good for dead last in the NFC East division.
Tony Romo went down with a broken collarbone two separate times throughout the season, while star wide receiver Dez Bryant missed the majority of the season due to a foot injury.
Elliott finished the 2015 season with 289 carries for 1,821 yards and 23 touchdowns for the Ohio State Buckeyes. As you can see from those numbers, Elliott is capable of being a workhorse running back. Dallas will be needing him to come through with a big season to take pressure off of Romo.
Running behind the dominant offensive line that the Cowboys have put together should be a piece of cake for Elliott. He has excellent explosion and speed, but he is an extremely patient back as well, and will allow the offensive line to open up holes for him.
Dallas opened up the offense for Jason Garrett by bringing Elliott in and they can get back to being a much more balanced unit.
Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris will battle for the backup running back role. McFadden had a very good season with the Cowboys last season, but they couldn’t trust that his past injury problems would stay away. Morris slowed down in a big way last year with the Washington Redskins, but is still more than capable of picking up tough yards in short-yardage situations.
Standing in at six-foot, one-inch, and 225 pounds, Elliott is going to be extremely difficult to take down. He will be able to make a lot of plays after contact at the next level, and will be very difficult for opposing defensive coordinators to plan against.
Looking ahead at the 2016 NFL season, the Cowboys are going to have a dangerous offense. Romo still has some football left to play as long as he doesn’t get beat up, while Bryant and Elliott will be a great supporting cast for him. Elliott is going to be the starting running back for the Cowboys unless something major happens and will be given every chance to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Dallas fans should be very happy with the selection of Elliott and he will not disappoint the Cowboys.
Expect to see Elliott come out with a huge season as a rookie and become a superstar with his new team. He is a massive pickup for the Cowboys and will help them get back to being a threat in the NFC playoff picture.
What do you think of the Dallas Cowboys’ decision to draft Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft? Do you think he will become a superstar at the next level? Let us know in the comment box below!
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