And the buzz continues over Ezekiel Elliott and his ascension up draft boards.
The Ohio State running back visited with the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Elliott figures to be the first back off the board and potentially the only one chosen in the first round.
The Cowboys just signed Alfred Morris to a contract, after he left the Washington Redskins via free agency. Would Dallas and Jerry Jones roll the dice on Elliott with a top five pick, or would the team look to select a back in the second round?
According to NFL.com, Dallas holds the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL draft, and although Darren McFadden enjoyed a career resurgence in the Cowboys’ backfield last year, there are some signs that the club is giving Elliott serious consideration. McFadden has a long history of injuries that make back-to-back healthy seasons seem unlikely.
Dallas might not be the only NFC East team to be interested in Elliott. Some draft boards and projections have him being selected by the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 8. The New York Giants could also be interested at No. 10.
QUARTERBACKS TAKE A DIP IN FIRST ROUND
According to NFL.com’s media analyst Charles Davis, the Cleveland Browns will not be taking a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft. Davis also believes the Tennessee Titans will shock the masses and take Jalen Ramsey first overall out of FSU.
Davis has the San Francisco 49ers taking North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz with the seventh pick and the Philadelphia Eagles grabbing Jared Goff out of California with the very next pick.
“With his athleticism, size and arm talent, this young man fits what Chip Kelly wants in a QB. I think his decision making will be on par, too,” Davis said of Wentz.
Goff has been at the top of most lists of the quarterback class this season. The Eagles are moving away from the Chip Kelly era with new head coach Doug Pederson, who will look to start fresh with a new signal caller.
Goff might be the best fit for the new Eagles attack.
“I know that the Eagles have made plenty of recent moves at QB with Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel, but Goff fits new HC Doug Pederson’s system very well, and he would be the QB of the near future for the Eagles to build around,” Davis explained.
Although the Denver Broncos have signed Mark Sanchez and appear to be trying to trade for Colin Kaepernick, it looks like the defending Super Bowl champs will take Paxton Lynch with the final pick in the first round.
STANLEY IMPRESSES AT NOTRE DAME PRO DAY
Laremy Tunsil is not the only offensive lineman who could go in the top 10 players chosen April 28. Ronnie Stanley of Notre Dame was impressive at his Pro Dame at Notre Dame.
Rob Rang of CBS Sports said the offensive lineman was reviewed by offensive line coaches from the Bears, Lions, Chargers, 49ers and Titans among the NFL personnel attending the event.
Stanley performed in two measured events, shaving over a fifth of a second off his 4.90-second short shuttle time at the combine to check in at 4.69 seconds, and demonstrating strength with 24 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press after electing not to lift in Indianapolis.
Stanley was not the only offensive lineman to get the attention of scouts as Nick Martin was also impressive.
Martin could be a late first or early second round pick.
Rang also noted that wideout Will Fuller also opted to stand on his combine workout. Fuller was clocked in at an eye-popping 4.32 seconds in the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis at the Combine.