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April 29, 2016
By Benjamin Hoffman
Running backs may not generate the draft excitement that they once did, but the Dallas Cowboys must have considered Ezekiel Elliott something special because they drafted him with the No. 4 pick.
Elliott, who starred for Ohio State, ran a 4.47-second 40-yard-dash at the combine and his speed carried him to nearly 4,000 rushing yards in three years for the Buckeyes.
At 6-feet and 225 pounds, he is considered a three-down running back capable of contributing as a runner, receiver and blocker, but he is also something of an anachronism as most pundits have accepted the idea that running back is a position so easy to fill that there is rarely a reason to splurge on one in the first round, let alone using a top-five pick on one.