Should The Eagles Take Ezekiel Elliot at Number 8?BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Running Backs Monday, March 21st, 2016
I was very impress3ed with Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliot during the Ohio State Pro Day last week. We all know about his tremendous explosive through a hole and into the secondary.. He didn’t run the 40-yard dash in the Pro Day workout, so it wasn’t his speed that impressed me.
They split him out in the slot during the Pro Day at Ohio State and Elliot put on a clinic running routes and catching the football. He showed route-running ability, quickness, speed and pass catching ability make him such a GAME CHANGER.
Elliot showed the rest of the NFL that he could be an outstanding receiver out of the backfield, who allows you to create mismatches nearly every time the ball is snapped. This would allow a smart offensive coordinator like Doug Pederson and Frank Reich to start him off in the backfield to get a run defense on the field with at least three LB’s in a 4-3 defense or 4 backers in a 3-4. After the snap count starts, Elliot shifts out into the slot. If a linebacker covers him in man to man it’s a no brainer. If a safety moves up to cover him, the secondary is likely vulnerable in the cover, so you attack the weakened secondary.
I think Elliot is a game changer. He’s 6’1″ and he weighs 225 pounds. The young man is strong and run strong with take it the distance speed. I think Doug Pederson will have a good feel for how to use him because he showed that ability last year in Kansas City with the way they utilized their backs out of the backfield. To Pederson, a short throw to a back is a running play. Sam Bradford’s strength is accuracy to put the ball in a place that will give the back a chance to run with it after he catches it.
Many draft exports see the Dallas Cowboys picking Elliot with the fourth pick in this year’s selection process or the Eagles grabbing him at number eight. If the Cowboys take him and put him behind that outstanding offensive line, the Birds are going to have their hands full every time they meet Dallas.
Still if he were to fall to the Eagles, I don’t want to see the Birds select him because they need to put together that offensive line. They’re in desperate need on the offensive line and I think there will be answers there at the eight spot. If they don’t put together a good offensive line, Bradford and whoever is running the ball won’t last.
The Eagles can get a good back later in the draft, but I want them to select Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley, if he’s there. If not then take Michigan State’s Jack Conklin. I think he’s a good pick for that eighth spot.
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