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Author: Jon Kuzma
Ezekiel Elliot and Derrick Henry were two of the best running backs in the nation at the collegiate level last fall. Now with the draft looming in April both backs will look to successfully transition to the pro ranks. Henry was the Heisman winner last year and played on the National Championship winning Alabama Crimson Tide. Henry was flat out amazing last year on the football field, and he was a big part of why Bama was able to take down Clemson on the big stage. Henry Rushed for 158 yards and 3 touchdowns in that match up. Showing that no matter how high the stakes are, he can still have success. What stands out most about Henry is his overwhelming size and his ability to be a physically dominant down hill runner. Henry is a load to handle for any defense and now he will put NFL defenses to the test. Elliott is a little bit different style of running back. He has the ability to make defenders miss in the open field, he also has big play capability and can score every time he touches the ball. Elliott was a key piece to the Buckeyes National Championship victory in 2014. He very well could be a player that comes in and has an immediate impact for a team in the National Football League. Many times watching Ohio State Buckeyes’ games you felt like Ezekiel Elliott was the best player on the field for that team. If he can take the discipline side of being a pro athlete well and really prepares his body to be in top form. He easily could come out and have an impact for a team that was on par with how Todd Gurley did this year for the Rams. With the combine taking place right now it should be noted that Henry ran a 4.54 40 yard dash, while Elliott ran a 4.47. Both players looked good athletically at the event. It should also be noted that Henry jumped an impressive 37 inches on the vertical jump. While Elliott jumped 32.5 inches. That leg power might be the deciding factor for Henry and whether or not he has success in the National Football League. It would be a safe bet to say he will.
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