Ezekiel Elliott Expected To Go Pro
The Ohio State Buckeyes were dealt a devastating 17-14 loss to the Michigan State Spartans 17-14 on Saturday. Immediately after the game, Ezekiel Elliott held a press conference complaining about the lack of carries he received against Michigan State.
Elliott only had 12 carries for 33 rushing yards against a stingy Spartans run defense. Elliott did have a rushing touchdown, but it came after Ohio State recovered a fumble inside of Michigan State’s red zone thanks to defensive tackle Adolphus Washington.
Michigan State had a great game plan and Elliott just had a bad day. For some reason, Elliott’s ball carrier vision wasn’t the same today. Left tackle Taylor Decker and right guard Pat Elfein were exposed in pass protection, but both dominated in run blocking.
Even with this one bad game, Elliott is expected to be the top running back taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. I have him mocked ninth overall to the Dallas Cowboys in my 2016 NFL Mock Draft.
I’m not sure Elliott will remain a top 10 talent. Even with this one bad game, he’s still considered the best running back in the draft with his ball carrier vision and pass catching out of the backfield.
Elliott may go in the top 15 or the top 20. Heck he could fall to picks 21-25 worst case scenario. The bottom line is one of the NFL teams will pick Elliott in the first round.
Maybe that team will be my New England Patriots. Psych! New England does not have a first round pick due to deflate gate and even if they did I doubt they would use it on Elliott. One of the other 31 teams will have a chance to add Elliott to their roster in April. We’ll just have to wait and see who that team is.
If you don’t believe us here at Sports Kings check out what Elliott told to WSYX ABC 6 in Columbus Ohio. He was disappointed about his lack of carries and said this was gonna be his final game at the Horseshoe in Columbus, OH.
— WSYX ABC 6 (@wsyx6) November 22, 2015
It’s a sad way to see Elliott’s career end in Ohio State, but other running backs like Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush, and Todd Gurley watched their College careers end on sad notes. Maybe that will be what motivates Elliott to succeed in the NFL.