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Five Fun Facts About Cowboys 2016 First Round Pick Ezekiel Elliott

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on May 2, 2016

Ezekiel Elliott was the highest rated running back available in the 2016 NFL Draft and the Dallas Cowboys didn’t wast any time selecting him. When Dallas picked Ezekiel Elliott in the draft, using the fourth overall pick to do so, it showed how highly they thought of this great player out of Ohio State University. Here is a look at five fun facts about this highly touted young running back.

Ezekiel Elliott’s High School Stats

Ezekiel Elliott was a star running back for John Burroughs High School in Ladue, Missouri. As a junior, he ran for 1,802 yards and 34 touchdowns. As a senior, his total rushing yards rose to 2,155 and he scored 40 touchdowns on the ground.

Ezekiel Elliott’s Best College Football Game

Ezekiel Elliott’s best college football game came in 2015 against Indiana when he carried the ball 23 times for 274 yards, an average of 11.9 yards per carry, and three touchdowns.

Jumping Ezekiel Elliott

At the 2016 NFL Combine held before the NFL Draft, Ezekiel Elliott was measured to have a 32.5 inch vertical leap and a broad jump of nine feet 10 inches.

Ezekiel Elliott Finished 8th in Heisman Voting

In 2015, Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott finished in 8th place in voting for the Heisman Trophy. The seven players finishing ahead of him were Dalvin Cook of Florida State, Leonard Fournette of LSU, Keenan Reynolds of Navy, Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, Deshaun Watson of Clemson, Christian McCaffrey of Stanford, and the winner, Derrick Henry of Alabama.

How Many First Round Running Backs Have The Cowboys Drafted?

The Dallas Cowboys had selected seven running backs in the NFL Draft, prior to taking Ezekiel Elliott in 2016. Those seven players were Calvin Hill in 1969, Duane Thomas in 1970, Bill Thomas in 1972, Charley Young in 1974, Tony Dorsett in 1977, Emmitt Smith in 1990, and Felix Jones in 2008.

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