Ezekiel Elliott hopes he can make a case for teams to select him in the first round of this year's NFL Draft.
"I think the guys that were first-round picks last year like Todd Gurley, they set a standard for the younger generation coming up," Elliott said Thursday at the NFL Combine. "I feel like we are going to bring it back."
Elliott (6-0, 225) has been the most popular choice in the latest mock drafts as the Texans first selection at No. 22. One-third of those polled in the Texans Mock Draft 3.0 survey, including ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.
Report: Tremendous athlete born of great athlete parents - both parents were athletes at University of Missouri…Elliott won four state championships in track in 2.5 hours as a senior (100, 200, 110 high hurdles & 300 hurdles)…1st TD run v. Oregon in the 2014 national championship game showed the full package - vision to find the hole, jump cut to get clean, burst past the safety in the alley, cutting ability to start to the sideline then upfield, the power to fight through a defensive back tackle effort and the speed to embarrass the secondary…a special back...didn't hold back his feelings about not getting the rock in the loss to Michigan State in 2015...emotional about the game and competitive as can be…the best RB, in my opinion, in this group.
Elliott, the projected best running back of this year's draft class, finished with the second-highest rushing yards in Buckeye history (3,961). His 6.7 yards per carry average is the best in school history. Elliott believes his versatility is what sets him apart for NFL teams looking to draft a running back.
"I'm a guy that can play three downs," Elliott said. "You don't have to take me off the field. I value blocking more than anything. I obviously love to run the ball and I think I have great hands out of the backfield."
In 2015, Elliott rushed for 1,821 yards on 289 carries for 23 touchdowns. He also had 27 receptions for 206 yards, averaging 7.6 yards per catch. John Harris, Texans sideline reporter and football analyst, ranks Elliott at No. 6 on the Harris 100.