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Prospect Profile: Ezekiel Elliott

Running back | Ohio State | Junior

Height:6-foot | Weight: 225 pounds

College Stats

2015: Rushed 289 times for 1,821 yards (fifth-most in NCAA FBS) and 23 touchdowns (third-most in NCAA FBS) in earning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and Running Back of the Year; added 27 receptions for 206 yards

Career: Totaled 592 rushes for 3,961 yards (second-most in school history) with 43 touchdowns on the ground and 58 receptions for 449 yards and one touchdown catch; did most of his damage in sophomore and junior seasons (3,699 rushing yards) after backing up 2014 second-round pick Carlos Hyde as a freshman; the 3,699 rushing yards is the highest total in consecutive years by a Buckeyes running back

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.47 seconds

Vertical: 32.5 inches

Broad jump: 9 feet, 10 inches

Note: These were the only on-field events in which Elliott participated.


Summary:Elliott has been acclaimed for his blend of size, speed, vision and elusiveness that have many believing he's ready to step in and make an immediate impact. Elliott delivered big performances in big games, helping Ohio State win the 2014 Big Ten title (220 yards and two touchdowns), the Allstate Sugar Bowl (230 yards and two touchdowns) and the College Football Playoff National Championship game (246 yards and four touchdowns) after the 2014 season.

This past season, Elliott tied for the FBS lead with six rushes of 50 or more yards, giving him 12 total. Elliott capped his career with 149 yards and four touchdowns against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl and is the only player in Buckeyes history with three rushes of at least 80 yards. Elliott tied a school record with five career games of 200 or more rushing yards and is tied for second all-time with 22 games with 100 or more rushing yards.

Stacking up: NFL Media analysts Mike Mayock and Bucky Brooks ranked Elliott as their top prospect at the position, and Daniel Jeremiah ranked Elliott No. 6 in his list of the top 50 prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Following their footsteps: Elliott's father, Stacy, and mother, Dawn, were student-athletes at the University of Missouri.  Stacy played for the football team, and Dawn competed in track and field. Ezekiel garnered High School Offensive Player of the Year honors from the St. Louis Post Dispatch as a senior and claimed four state titles in track (100 meters, 200 meters, 110 high hurdles and 300 hurdles).

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