Is Leonard Fournette more attractive to NFL executives than Dallas Cowboys rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliott? The answer appears to be yes.
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah recently polled five NFL execs to determine whether they’d prefer LSU’s star running back or the No. 4 pick of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. And considering Elliott was an All-Pro selection after a rookie season that produced 1,631 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns in 15 games, the responses are a bit shocking.
Three of the five guys that Jeremiah spoke with actually preferred Fournette to Elliott.
Of the three that favored the SEC star over the Big Ten alum, the reasons given were interesting.
Per Jeremiah, one executive said: “Fournette is faster and he can hold his speed longer than Elliott. Elliott was further along as a blocker and receiver at Ohio State, but I thought Fournette made some small improvements in those areas this year.”
Another admitted to liking Elliott, but said that Fournette is just an “animal.” The third called him a “rare, rare talent,” likening him to Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson.
As the NFL Draft approaches, it will be interesting to see which team takes the plunge in spending a first-round draft pick on Fournette. With the strong defensive line talent at the top of the draft, it likely will be hard for Fournette to top Elliott’s No. 4 overall selection last year.