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Mock Draft Profile: Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott

Posted Feb 26, 2016

Giants.com reviews the latest Mock Drafts and highlights players predicted to be selected by the Giants

Giants.com is in Indianapolis for the annual NFL Scouting Combine, a weeklong job interview for college football’s best players leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft. We’ve gathered all the mock drafts to date and took a look at the players who could wind up going to the Giants with the No. 10 pick. Based off these draft experts, today’s profile is on Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was included in mock drafts by Charles Davis (NFL Media) and Rob Rang (CBSSports.com).



EZEKIEL ELLIOTT
RB / OHIO STATE


COMBINE MEASUREMENTS & RESULTS

Height: 6-0
Weight: 225 lbs.
Arm Length: 31 ¼”
Hands: 10 ¼”

40-yard dash: 4.47 sec.
Vertical jump: 32 1/2”
Broad jump: 118”

WHAT HE BRINGS TO THE TABLE

Elliott will be remembered as one of the best running backs to come through Ohio State, finishing his career with the second-most rushing yards (3,961) and fourth-most touchdowns (44) in school history. In his final season, he was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting. As a sophomore in 2014, Elliott rushed for 696 yards and eight touchdowns in three postseason games, including 246 yards and four touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ 42-20 victory over Oregon in the national championship. He finished the season with 1,878 yards rushing, the second-highest total in school history next to Eddie George's 1,927 yards in his 1995 Heisman Trophy campaign.


WHAT THEY’RE SAYING AT THE COMBINE

Mike Mayock, the man whose voice you’re most likely hearing when you turn on NFL Network to watch combine coverage, ranked Elliott as the No. 1 running back in this year’s class, one spot ahead of Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry of Alabama.

“I think the biggest difference is lateral quickness and burst,” Mayock said. “Ezekiel Elliott is just about as fast sideways as he is forward…so he's got great speed, but his lateral, jump cuts, acceleration, burst, lower body toughness, all those things add up to me first round. When you look at Henry, he needs a little more. He's a tall, high-cut, long-legged back, which is atypical, and those backs struggle in the NFL just because there's a lot more vertical mass to aim at.”

Meanwhile, this is what Davis and Rang had to say about their mock drafts:

Davis: “I think that there is a running back renaissance occurring in football, even in the NFL. The best running back in college football can run with power, speed and catch the ball.”

Rang: “Complementing Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, Jr. with a bell cow running back might be the fastest way of getting the Giants back into playoff contention. Elliott isn't the second-coming of Todd Gurley but he's clearly the top running back in this class, showing the all-around game to play on all three downs immediately.”



WHAT ZEKE IS SAYING AT THE COMBINE

“I think the thing that sets me apart is my versatility,” Elliott said during Thursday’s media session at Lucas Oil Stadium. “I'm a guy that can play three downs. You don't have to take me off the field. I value blocking more than anything. I obviously love to run the ball, and I think I have great hands out of the backfield.”


FUN FACT

The St. Louis native is named after his godfather and former Giants tight end Zeke Mowatt, who is a good friend of his father, Stacy. Mowatt played seven of his eight NFL seasons (1983-89, 1991) with the Giants and caught the first touchdown of their Super Bowl XXI victory. Stacy Elliott played linebacker at the University of Missouri.

Ezekiel was also The St. Louis Post-Dispatch High School Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in high school and won four state titles in track and field (100 meters, 200 meters, 110 high hurdles, and 300 hurdles).


FAVORITE PLAY

A-gap power.  “I think it shows my physicality and how much I like to get in between tackles and pound the ball,” Elliott said.

NFL.COM PRO COMPARISON

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NFL.COM SCOUTING REPORT

Elite, three-­down running back who has the ability to excel in every facet of the game. Elliott has rare combination of size, athleticism, pass-catching and blocking skills and his competitive nature is always bubbling on the surface. While he’s had to handle a heavy workload over the last two seasons, Elliot should still come out of the gates as one of the most productive young running backs in the league.