Breaking Burgundy's Film Analyst Paul Conner will be in the lab crunching film on college prospects up until the 2016 NFL Draft. He will be sharing his notes on each player he watches throughout the process.
Position: Running Back
College: Ohio State
Weight: 225 lbs
Ben Standig's mock draft for CSNmidatlantic.com: No. 22 to the Texans (1/15)
(Analysis of games vs. Virginia Tech, Penn State, Michigan, and Notre Dame)
Positives: Ezekiel Elliot is a well-built running back who can carry a workload. He doesn't have elite speed, but it's good enough to get around the edge most of the time. The junior eligible back also has the power to run between the tackles. He doesn't always go down on first contact and keeps his legs churning throughout the process. Elliott has legitimate 3-down ability. Good hands out of the backfield. Teams can line him out wide and still get some production from him. He doesn't shy away from blocking to protect his quarterback making good blocks on blitz pick-ups, and chipping ends.
Concerns: Elliott ran in an offense designed to spread out a defense and lighten the box. In addition, the read-option aspect also took another defender out of the equation. He took all of his hand-offs from shotgun so he is going to have to reset his vision when he gets into an offense where the quarterback is lined up under center.
If drafted by Redskins: With Alfred Morris' contract expiring this year, general manager Scot McCloughan will likely seek another RB option this offseason to share the load with Matt Jones. Elliiot has been durable which can't really be said for Jones.
Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and a Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr
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