RB / OHIO STATE
COMBINE MEASUREMENTS & RESULTS
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.
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.”
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).
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
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.