The Dallas Cowboys Select Ezekiel Elliott at #4

    This past Christmas, I wrote about how the Dallas Cowboys can further build around their star-studded offensive line to win games. 

    Tonight, in an event that many fans refer to as “Football Christmas”, the Cowboys gave us this answer – drafting out of Ohio State University with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 .

    Elliott is one of the most dynamic running back prospects we have seen come out of college over the past few seasons, thriving in a zone-running scheme with the Buckeyes.

    We all know the narrative far too well by now. led the league in rushing in 2014 behind this . Murray departed for the Eagles, and we won't get into that debacle, leaving Dallas with and in the backfield for 2015.

    In the end, it was McFadden surviving the season (surprisingly, considering his ), as the starter – rushing for the fourth highest total in the league at 1,089 yards.

    This essentially proved what was already known, in that the Cowboys' offensive line can maximize the production of any back that runs behind it. If this holds true in 2016, we can expect a dominant ground game courtesy of rookie Ezekiel Elliott.

    Elliott can take the Dallas to a new level, turning out yards on the ground that will do more than keep ahead of the chains. If Romo stays healthy, he should be able to thrive in a that will see the likes of and going against single coverage when Elliott is in the backfield.

    These new triplets, if you will, can also allow a Cowboys that was starved for turnovers in 2015 stay on the sideline and rest. When they come on the field, it may very well be after a scoring drive capped off by Elliott or Bryant, meaning Marinelli's guys can get more chances to force turnovers and rush the passer.

    Some may say that the overpaid by drafting Elliott with their first top-5 pick since 2003. These may also be the same fans that watch their team go up against the Cowboys, and are faced with the tough task of slowing down the newest sensational running back to sport the silver and blue.

    So, join us here at Inside in welcoming Ezekiel Elliott to !

    Sean Martin
    Sean Martin
    Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.


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    Blue Star

    F*&% this pick. Not the best player available. Not a can't miss runningback at all. NUMBER 4. NOT EVEN PETERSON OR GURLEY went in the TOP FIVE. LOL this team SUCKS.

    Zac Fields

    A few points:

    1. In a redraft, Adrian Peterson goes in the top 5 every time without fail.
    2. Todd Gurley was injured and missed the entire pre-draft process as well as I believe 4 games of the season. There is a very good chance he would have been a top 5 pick otherwise.
    3. As a prospect, Ezekiel Elliott is regarded as an elite talent similar to AP and TG. The #4 pick was within 2-3 picks of where he would have gone if the Cowboys had not selected him.

    Now, I can understand not loving the pick because maybe you wanted Jalen Ramsey. And of course if Ramsey ends up being the next Deion Sanders or Ed Reed, there's a lot of people who are going to be pissed.

    I would point out, though, that the Cowboys spoke to one of Ramsey's coaches in recent weeks and they were told Ramsey is *suspect* as a cornerback. I'm not trying to poo-poo the guy entirely, but when you're drafting a guy #4 overall you don't want to hear from former coaches that he might not even be able to play the position professionally. It was already concerning that Ramsey dropped a few easy interceptions in 2015.

    Ramsey may end up being a great cornerback… who knows? Personally I feel more comfortable that Zeke Elliott can make a huge impact on this team than I did about Ramsey, whether RB was our biggest need or not.