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Elliott Would Love to be a Cowboy

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    Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott runs for a nine-yard touchdown during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Oregon Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

    Although the Cowboys' draft position doesn't really match up with Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, the back-to-back 1,800-yard rusher has made it be known he'd love to be running the ball for the Cowboys next season.

    The Cowboys have the No. 4 overall pick, and Elliott is projected to go somewhere in the 10-15 range as the top running back on many draft boards, so he'd be quite a reach for the Cowboys at No. 4, and the Cowboys have bigger needs than drafting a running back, anyway.

    But, it's still flattering to hear Elliott's reason for wanting be in Dallas so badly.

    "I want to go and play behind that great offensive line that they got down in Dallas," Elliott told NFL.com, also suggesting he'd like to end up in Chicago.

    It's easy to see why. The Cowboys had three Pro Bowlers up front who before 2015 were three straight first-round picks by the club.

    Pro Football Focus ranked the Cowboys as the league's best in its run-blocking grades while the team averaged 4.6 yards per carry, the fifth-best in the league, even after they letting DeMarco Murray walk in free agency and cutting ties with Joseph Randle and leaning on injury-prone vet Darren McFadden, who ended up having a great year well beyond expectations.