Forget winning the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award. One NFL writer believes former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott will be the NFL’s best running back during his rookie season.
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain made a bold prediction Thursday afternoon, proclaiming the No. 4 overall pick in last spring’s NFL draft will lead the NFL in rushing this season.
I predict Elliott will lead league in rushing over Peterson and Gurley and be voted Offensive Rookie of the Year and be in MVP running.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) June 30, 2016
Yes, that means the Dallas Cowboys tailback would have to out-rush the likes of Adrian Peterson, Todd Gurley and Doug Martin. That would be a legendary rookie season, but Elliott is certainly capable of pulling it off.
Elliott will also have the benefit of the best offensive line in the NFL paving the way for him. Dallas’ offensive line is loaded with pro bowlers and helped Darren McFadden finish fourth in the NFL with 1,089 yards. It was only the second time the injury-prone McFadden eclipsed the 1,000-yard milestone during his career.
If McFadden can rush for 1,000 yards behind this line, Elliott definitely can.