By Annie Ross
If you are looking for another sign that the Eagles will be taking running back Ezekiel Elliott with their No. 8 overall pick in next Thursday’s draft:
Just listen to big boss Howie Boy Roseman, who spoke to the media today:
“You talk about the elite guys and where they are coming from, it’s hard to find three-down backs,” Roseman said. “When you get a chance to look at someone like that, it changes the discussion. On your board you have guys that are role players, first-and-second down guys, guys that can play on third down. But to have that complete back, changes the dynamics of your offense.”
Elliott is the only running back viewed as a complete player in the draft.
“There is no question,” Roseman said when asked if Elliott is a complete back. “What he does with the ball not in his hands is rare. You see it, he has got a mentality where he wants to pass protect. He will be a lead blocker, which is rare in college football right now.”
Elliott rushed for 3,961 yards and 43 touchdowns during his three seasons at Ohio State. The Eagles had Elliott come to NovaCare for an official pre-draft visit earlier this month.