Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry may have won the Heisman Trophy and contributed to the team winning, it’s 16th National Title in school history, but he may not be the running back that could elevate a team to a playoff contender at the pro level. Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliot has the potential to be a game-changer for numerous teams in the National Football League right now.
Elliot by far is a better receiver coming out of the backfield and a better runner than Derrick Henry. One team that could benefit from Elliot’s services is the Dallas Cowboys. In 2014, we saw how dangerous the Cowboys could be when they use common sense and let their running back wear down opposing defenses behind that massive offensive line.
Fast forward to 2015, the Cowboys running game was effective, but nowhere near the levels that it was in 2014. They had high expectations for running back Joseph Randle, who was expected to carry the load that DeMarco Murray left behind. However, Randle never lived up to his potential or the flashes that we saw in 2014 and was released half way through the season.
There were some bright spots in the Cowboys rushing attack. Darren McFadden proved his doubters wrong when he stayed healthy for the majority of the 2015 season. McFadden rushed for 1,089 yards and three touchdown scores. 2015, was McFadden’s first 1,000-yard season in five years. McFadden 1,089 yards rushing campaign were nowhere near the 1,845 season that Murray put up in 2014.
Those are the exact reasons why the Cowboys may need to draft another running back to go along with Darren McFadden. Along with Ezekiel Elliot’s tenacity to carry a team on his back, he is not afraid to voice his opinions on issues that may affect the team’s performance on the field. During Elliot’s final season as a Buckeye, he made some controversial remarks in regards to the team’s loss against eventual Big Ten Conference champion the Michigan State Spartans.
He was disappointed at the play calling head coach Urban Meyer made on that day. The majority of mainstream media criticized Elliot for making the “this is my last game in the Shoe” remark, however; Elliot was showing his passion for wanting to win the big game against Michigan State. The Cowboys are not the only team that could use a running back such as the likes of Elliot.
Teams that are tailored for a strong running game are the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens. The Broncos recently resigned running back C.J. Anderson to a new four-year deal worth $18 million. The Broncos may have Anderson returning to the Broncos lineup, but he is nowhere near the running back that put up big numbers in a Gary Kubiak tailored offense.
Anderson will have an opportunity to prove that he’s worth the money that he resigned for this season as the Broncos begin their defense of their Super Bowl title. There will be no Peyton Manning or Brock Osweiler in the spotlight, so it should be interesting. Ezekiel Elliot’s draft stock is steadily rising, which team will make the selection to improve their team for the better.
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