The Dallas Cowboys selected Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with their first round (No. 4 overall) selection on Thursday night.
'Let's Go Win The Super Bowl, Jerry!' Zeke said to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in the congratulatory phone call.
Find out more about him below:
Height, Weight: 6-foot, 225 pounds
Rankings: Scout.com ranks Elliott as the No. 8 overall player on the board, and the No. 1 running back on the board.
The skinny: Elliott was, pound for pound the most productive running back in the nation in 2014 and 2015, amassing 3,699 yards and 41 touchdowns as he earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and All-American in 2015 and a national championship ring the year before that.
What Cowboys are getting: A running back personally endorsed by former Cowboys Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin, both of whom hit the airwaves earlier this week touting the OSU back. For the Cowboys' offensive philosophy he's a great fit. He runs with physicality, has enough speed to outrun defenders and has good instincts when it comes to choosing the right hole. The zone schemes the Cowboys employ up front will actually make his job easier. Scouts consider his blocking skills against the blitz to be better than most backs that come out of college, making it easier to justify using him as a three-down back right away.
CowboysHQ.com Grade: A.
Postins’ Take: It might seem superfluous to take a back like Elliott when the Cowboys have the defensive needs they have, but this is a classic case of taking the top player on the board and making it work. To me Elliott projects as a starter right away, though he doesn't necessarily have to be, given that the Cowboys have Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris in house. You don't take a back like Elliott and not play him, but you do work to manage his workload a bit. Remember — he carried the ball 600 times in three years of college, most of it in 2014-15. He actually could use a timeshare, at least to start the season. There should be healthy competition in the offseason, but Elliott ultimately starts and cedes time to both McFadden and Morris in certain situations. I suppose there's a chance the Cowboys could try to deal McFadden or Morris, but given the attrition at the position I see them keeping all three. And Elliott's comments about the lack of carries after the loss to Michigan State? Don't sweat it. If I'm a coach I want my back to want the ball. I saw his final game in person against Notre Dame. He's the real deal.
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