Name: Ezekiel Elliott
School: Ohio State
Position: Running Back
Hands: 10 1/4"
Projected: Top 15
Excellent burst, has the vision to react quickly to defenders in front of him, changes direction with no hesitation. Sets blocks up well, always keeps his eyes downfield looking for the next move. Wastes little time picking up speed, great first step off the ball, hard to bring down once he gains forward momentum.
Solid hands out of the backfield.
Physical at the point of attack, does not shy away from contact, looks to hit even while he doesn’t have the ball. Should quickly endear himself to a coaching staff with his hard-nosed demeanor on the field, as well as his willingness to get his hands dirty in the blocking game.
Ball security was a non-issue at Ohio State, game changing potential.
Elliott could get some "Trent Richardson" concern over the pounding he has taken and delivered over the last two seasons at Ohio State, but his outstanding physique and conditioning makes many scouts quickly dismiss that notion.
While a shifty running back, he too often looks for contact, something that NFL linebackers will be all to willing to give him at the next level. He will need to learn to be more elusive on the field if he expects to stay healthy for an entire 16 game season.
A decent route runner, he will need to work on his route tree at the NFL level, as he often rounded off his routes while in college.
Maturity issues could follow him, Elliott has been very vocal about his playing time and lack thereof while at OSU. He will need to embrace his role on his team in the NFL, and trust his coaches to put his team in a position to win.
For the Browns
With Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell already on the roster, running back isn't a huge need. Zeke, however, is a great back that can fit in any system and would be great as the workhorse back in Hue Jackson's. #2 is far too high to draft a running back these days but if the Browns trade down, Elliott could be their selection while picking up other picks and/or players.
Elliott may be as close to a complete prospect at the running back position the NFL has seen since Adrian Peterson. He has the ability to run routes, both inside and outside, and displays good quickness after the catch. His blocking is above average, though there is room for improvement, and his ball security allows coaches to give him the rock with the game on the line.
A rare, do-it-all type of running back that will become a fan favorite in a hurry, and the type of player a team can build an offense around.
NFL Comparison: Marshawn Lynch
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