Ezekiel Elliott has been accused of domestic violence, which is probably not the way he envisioned his NFL career beginning. But as things stand now, the fourth overall pick in this year’s draft isn’t panicking.
Neither are the Cowboys.
“Right now, it’s a he-said, she-said situation (involving his ex-girlfriend),” Dallas Fort Worth Star-Telegram Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill Jr. said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “On his side, he has four witnesses that agree with him. The thing the Cowboys are counting on is the fact that she did go to the police and they did not arrest him, they did not charge him. Clearly they didn’t think there was enough there. They told her she could take it to the prosecutor to see if he wants to pursue things, but as of now, he’s not been arrested, he’s not been charged, he’s not prevented from playing football. It’s a distraction, but right now, the Cowboys are giving him the benefit of the doubt. I think most people should give him the benefit of the doubt until we see something else that’s more credible – because based on his past, based on his history, based on everything we know, he’s not a bad guy, he’s not a bad kid, this is not his history.”
Elliott, who helped Ohio State to victory in 25 of its last 26 games, including a national title, has drawn rave reviews from Cowboys past and present. He spent his college career running all over Wisconsin, Oregon, Alabama, Michigan and Notre Dame, among others.
That doesn’t figure to change in the NFL, especially given his talent and the talent around him.
“They say he’s a natural,” Hill said. “When you look at what he can do and what he can bring to this offense – and certainly everybody likes what DeMarco Murray did a couple years ago, but he is a bigger threat than DeMarco Murray because he can take it to the house, he can catch the ball out of the backfield, he can get the tough yards, he can do everything. He’s a true workhorse bell-cow type back, and behind this Cowboys offensive line with Tony Romo and Dez Bryant on the outside where (defenses) have to respect Dez Bryant and maybe not be able to put nine or 10 men in the box, they think this guy can do damage and have a huge season as a rookie.”