Ezekiel Elliott looked really good during the NFL combine in Indianapolis. He will be on many team’s radars going as a mid to late first round draft pick. After the Miami Dolphins made the trade with the Philadelphia Eagles to exchange draft spots for players, the Dolphins now have the 13th overall pick. Most of the high profile corner backs that are on Miami’s list will probably be gone, which could possibly make Ezekiel Elliott the front runner for the Dolphins to draft.
As of now, the Dolphins best bet is Jay Ajayi, an unproven running back that did not play much last year. Things looked up for the Dolphins when it seemed C.J. Anderson of the Super Bowl Denver Broncos, was coming to South Beach, but Denver matched Miami’s offer keeping Anderson in Denver. The Dolphins have lucked out on all the high profile, free agent running backs so far, and it looks like they will have to rely on the draft to get one.
Choosing Ezekiel Elliott could very well happen this April during the 2016 NFL draft for the Dolphins. They need a running back and one that fits into Adam Gases coaching style. Gase has expressed interest in drafting a cut-back running back, which is what Elliott is. As a sophomore, Elliott rushed the ball 273 times, for almost 1900 yards, and 18 touchdowns. As a junior, he put up similar numbers but had 23 touchdowns. His numbers resemble one college football player that every NFL team wants, but he will be entering the draft next year. His name is Leonard Fournette from LSU. Yes, Elliott has numbers similar to the man who has been referred to as the next Adrian Peterson.
If Miami drafts Ezekiel Elliott, I think he would find himself in a starting role pretty fast. He’s a talented back with quick feet and great lateral speed (like Marshawn Lynch). Elliott would take pressure off Ryan Tannehill to make all the plays because he is more than capable of making plays with his feet. I like Miami’s chances to draft Ezekiel Elliott, and I think he will be packing his bags for South Beach soon.