With the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys have selected Ezekiel Elliot, running back, Ohio State University. And I have to admit that I am very surprised because I was sure that the Cowboys would take Cornerback Jalen Ramsey out of Florida State University. But the Cowboys needed a running back, and they got the best running back in the draft.
I think it’s safe to say that Zeke’s career at Ohio State was more than just well-decorated. In 2014, he rushed for over 1,800 yards and was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Conference. In the 2014 Big Ten Championship, he rushed for 220 yards on 20 carries, and found the end-zone twice. And no one will forget when he rushed for 230 yards on 20 carries in a 42-35 win against Alabama. And, of course, we all remember Ohio State vs Oregon in the championship game, where Zeke ran for 246 yards on 36 carries and scored four times to help Ohio State beat the heavily favored Oregon Ducks and take home the title.
In 2015, he once again rushed for over 1,800 yards, and won numerous awards, and was even a front-runner for the 2015 Heisman Trophy. He was even named Big Ten player of the week twice his senior year.
Elliot finished his college career with close to 4,000 yards, averaging about seven yards a carry, and scoring 43 touchdowns. Elliot finished his career at Ohio State second in career rushing yards behind two-time Heisman winner Archie Griffin. He was named Offensive MVP at both the 2015 Sugar Bowl and the 2015 College Football National Championship.
Now his college days are behind him and he’s ready to play as a pro. It was in a post-game interview that he announced that he would skip his senior season and enter the draft. He’s now a Dallas Cowboy. And I am very excited to see what he’s got in store for the team.