Cowboys take RB Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick

With the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected former Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott. He was the lone running back that was considered to go in the first-round.

The Cowboys were struggling with the decision. They were considering trading back with the Baltimore Ravens as the teams swapped picked. The Cowboys would have moved to sixth, while the Ravens would have went to four — but they were considered Elliott would have been gone if they made the trade.

However, that never worked out. Nor was the original speculation that the Cowboys struggled over Joey Bosa and Elliott.

With Bosa going to the San Diego Chargers with the third overall pick, the pick became clear. The Cowboys desperately needed a running back — and they failed on their attempts to trade for former back DeMarco Murray and Philadelphia Eagles back Ryan Mathews.

The 20-year-old Elliott is expected to be used like they did when Murray was the star back, before signing with the Eagles under former head coach Chip Kelly. He was a bust in his one-year in the City of Brotherly Love.

As a junior, Elliott carries the ball for 289 times for 1,821 yards and 23 touchdowns.

He also had 27 receptions for 206 yards.

During the 2015 season, Darren McFadden carried the ball for 239 times and had a 1,089 yards. He also had three touchdowns — as the team had eight overall.

Joseph Randle had 313 yards, while Robert Turbin had a 139. Lucky Whitehead had 107, while everyone else had below 78.

The past two seasons, Elliott has rushed for 3,699 yards alone. In 2014, Murray had 1,845 yards in his final season in Dallas.

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