Ohio State lost to Michigan State on Saturday. It was awesome. After the game Ezekiel Elliott went off on the coaches and the play calling. Here are his comments via Cleveland.com:
"I'm disappointed in the play-calling. I'm disappointed in the situations that we were put in, and I wish it all played out differently," Elliott said. "It is very disappointing. In the one drive that we had where we kind of had some momentum after we scored on the strip-sack, the plays we ran, we ran a lot of gap schemes and we were gashing them. You guys saw that on that drive. We had a lot of momentum.
"Honestly, we didn't see those plays for the rest of the game. Those plays weren't called anymore. I asked for those plays to be called, and they weren't. It just hurts. It hurts a lot because of how we lost. I feel like we just weren't put in the right opportunity to win this game. We weren't put in the right situations to win this game."
There has obviously been a lot of talk about Elliott's comments and whether or not he should have made them. That is not really what this post is about, but I will say that it isn't a good look for a player. I understand the frustration, and love the passion, but those are the types of comments that shouldn't be made in the media.
Anyway, Elliott, who is a junior, has already said he will enter the 2016 NFL Draft. He is easily the best running back in this draft according to Lambert. Elliott will be on the Titans radar. I'm not a fan of taking a RB in the top 5, but if the Titans win a couple of games and move down, or are able to trade back, Elliott is a guy that will be in play.
Some people were saying Saturday night that his comments after the game will hurt his draft stock. Dane Brugler of CBS asked 3 NFL scouts that very question. In short, they all said no and pointed to things like him crying after the game and the fact that he hands the ball to the official after he scores. Those are the things that NFL people care about. Fear not, Elliott will still be a top-10 pick next April.