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2016 NFL mock draft: Philadelphia Eagles select Ezekiel Elliott

The Philadelphia Eagles select Ezekiel Elliott with the eighth pick in the POD Community Mock Draft.

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With the eighth pick in the Pride Of Detroit Community Mock draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select running back Ezekiel Elliott. Bud_dog is the acting general manager for the Eagles. Below is the rationale for the pick:

I originally wanted to go Wentz here, there's no doubt about that. A smart man -- hell a sane man -- should or would go Goff here, but we lost our poster boy. All is not lost, though, as ​Ezekiel Elliott is being heralded as the top running back talent in this year's draft, so the next logical thing to do was upgrade a different point of attack. With Ryan Mathews supposedly on the trade block and Darren Sproles on the wrong side of 30, the next logical thing in my mind would be to grab Ezekiel Elliott with the eighth pick.

Elliott is a real instinctive runner with a short stride and an instantaneous reaction time that makes his jump cuts damn near impossible to prepare for or even keep your cleats on if you were to meet him in the open field. Elliott loves to make contact at the point of attack as well and has a real mean runner's attitude so he's not afraid to make contact with defenders if needed. Elliot won the Big Ten OPOY award with over 1,800 yards rushing and accumulating 23 touchdowns in the process. One thing to bank on is Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is salivating to work his new weapon on offense and implement the same strategy he did with the Chiefs.

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