Take a look at Ohio State University running back Ezekiel Elliott in action.
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We continue the series with a scouting report of Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott.
Name: Ezekiel Elliott
School: Ohio State
Weight: 225 pounds
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Ezekiel Elliott ran roughshod over the final three games of a breakout sophomore campaign to lead Ohio State to a national title in 2015.
The electric running back ran for 696 yards and eight touchdowns during that span, starting with a Big Ten Championship Game record 220 yards and two scores. Elliott then ran for 230 yards rushing and two touchdowns vs. Alabama in the Sugar Bowl before rushing for a career-high 246 yards and four TDs over Oregon in the National Championship Game, earning offensive MVP honors in the process.
The Buckeye continued to turn heads during an equally impressive junior season, continued carving up the competition. He toted the rock 289 times for 1,821 yards, averaging 6.3 yards per carry with a career-high 23 touchdowns. A dangerous receiver out of the backfield as well as a capable returner, he led the Big Ten averaging 156.9 all-purpose yards per game.
An authoritative runner with electric athleticism, the 6-0, 225-pounder also boasts ideal size for the position. Scouts praise Elliott's vision as well as his ability to see a hole and burst through it. While he prefers to make defenders miss, he makes sure to unload on tacklers by lowering his shoulder and punishing them for bringing him down.
There are few faults to Elliott's game as he is one of the more well-rounded running backs in recent years. In fact, the biggest question mark heading into the draft is the pounding he took in college and he had over 600 carries as a Buckeye. Overall, Elliott figures to be a three-down back in the NFL who should hear his name early on day one.
40-Yard Dash:4.47 seconds
Vertical Jump: 32.5 inches
Broad Jump: 118.0 inches