Jerry Jones on Ezekiel Elliott: This wasn’t a pure offensive pick

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The Cowboys picked Ezekiel Elliott fourth overall on Thursday night, marking the highest draft position for a running back since the Browns took Trent Richardson with the third pick in 2012.

By taking Elliott, the Cowboys passed on defensive players like Jalen Ramsey and DeForest Buckner who could have helped a unit that failed to impress last season. After the selection was made, though, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said it wasn’t a “pure offensive pick” and coach Jason Garrett explained why the team feels Elliott will make their defense better.

“Hopefully you possess the ball more,” Garrett said, via the team’s website. “You get more plays on offense, fewer plays on defense, and that allows your defense to play at a higher level. It’s similar to how we played a couple years ago, when we ran the ball so effectively — and I thought it had a really positive impact on everybody on our team. We believe Zeke gives us a chance to do that.”

Garrett also thinks Elliott will help the passing game be more effective and Jones shared his belief that running backs need less time to acclimate themselves to the professional game than players on the defensive side tend to need. Unmentioned was that Elliott’s decision to sport a crop top on his way into the draft showed a Texas-sized ability to land in the spotlight, which certainly isn’t something that Jones has frowned upon in the past.

Fashion sense aside, there’s some merit to all of the football-related points. Now Elliott just has to prove to be a better choice than Richardson was in Cleveland.

57 responses to “Jerry Jones on Ezekiel Elliott: This wasn’t a pure offensive pick

  1. I like Zeke but when you have a solid OL you can get an RB in the second round. This guy is not the next coming of Payton, Sanders, Brown, Dickerson Smith or even Gurley which is what you want picking top 5. Bad value made worse when you could have taken Jalen Ramsey.

  2. Zeke was a great pick but let’s not kid ourselves here… ANYONE would’ve been a better choice than Richardson was in Cleveland.

  3. “Now Elliott just has to prove to be a better choice than Richardson was in Cleveland.”

    ————-

    That bar has been set pretty low.

  4. ‘We made our offense better to improve our defense.’
    – Jerry Jones’ stupidity on full display.
    (And, of course, Jason Garrett, the puppet, just echos this nonsense.)

    If you you want to improve the defense, maybe you should…err, um…actually draft highly productive defensive players!!

    IDIOTS!!!

  5. HAHAHAHAHA So instead of drafting a defensive player to make your defense better, your thought process said to draft a RB to help get pressure on opposing QB’s and also help your secondary who really needs help. Good Job!!!

    The truth is that Jerry was star struck again and instead of drafting a real position of need he went with the shiny new toy.

    With the O-line they have the could gotten a serviceable RB later in the draft. As a rival I am glad they did not take Ramsey or Buckner or any of the top defensive players. They better hope Romo stays healthy to keep the pressure off Elliot.

  6. “Now Elliott just has to prove to be a better choice than Richardson was in Cleveland.”
    ————————————————
    That shouldn’t be too difficult. You can’t set the bar much lower than T-Rich did.

  7. Philosophically… I have a problem with picking a running back early in the draft.

    Yes. Ezekiel Elliott had a great offensive line at OHIO STATE… but… he is a great athlete.

    GO BUCKS!!!

  8. we were 12 n 4 2 years ago because of a awesome run game and play action passing that rested our defense. zek is another AP so I expect with some help with the pass rush in the draft winning the NFC East for he next couple of years and 2 SB’s…..what do you think illogical voice? lol…..

    HOW BOUT THOSE COWBOYS!!!!!

  9. Dumbest pick of the draft. So many players that could have helped this team and they go running back. Could have taken Ramsey and still got Derek Henry in the second if you really needed to waste a high pick on a running back.

  10. typical jerrr pick , all sizzle ; when everyone knows ramsey should have been the pick .
    go ahead jerrr run him into the ground.

  11. I called this…. the ‘logical’ pick was Ramsey but I knew picking Elliot was a possibility. I understand the thinking and I do agree that McFadden, Morris and Elliott will help their defense but Scandrick, Jones and Ramsey would have been a formidable secondary from the jump. My only question now is… do we resign Hardy to help offset the loss of Lawrence and Gregory?

  12. cowboys should’ve taken ramsey or traded down and still took Elliot and had an extra pick to boot….Jerry blew it yet again!

  13. Next, they will pick a Linebacker to bolster their WR corps. “They will be practicing against better players.” Only Jerry Jones could think this way.

  14. iammrbinky says:
    Apr 29, 2016 8:08 AM

    This guy is not the next coming of Payton, Sanders, Brown, Dickerson Smith or even Gurley which is what you want picking top 5. ————–

    You are mistaken. Zeke will be a Hall of Famer if he is able to stay healthy. IMO, his game most closely resembles Marshall Faulk.

  15. As a Jags fan, Jerry Jones is very popular in Jacksonville. None of the fans thought that there was any way that we could draft Jalen Ramsey at #5. Thanks to the Rams, Eagles & Cowboys we got him (Bosa was the best pass rusher so kudos to the Chargers).

  16. Dallas radio station this morning:

    “Now we have the Triplets again! Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and Ezekiel Elliott.”

    What a bunch of morons. Stupid homers.

  17. I like Elliott and think he’ll be a great runner for the Cowboys, especially behind that offensive line.

    The problem is where he was picked. Dallas could have traded down and still got the man they wanted while getting extra picks.

  18. What do you get when you have an elite offensive line with an above average RB? A 1K running back.

    What do you get when you have an elite offensive line with an elite RB? An offensive juggernaut.

  19. 6allsohard6more says:
    Apr 29, 2016 9:34 AM
    They could have picked up a 4th move back to #6 and still got him.
    —————————
    And you are positive that the ravens wanted to move u 2 spots?..no

  20. Good thinking, Dr. Jones, if you’re building a FANTASY football team (though sharks know to stay away from running backs in the late first round and grab a top WR instead)… Typical of him and that’s why they’ll finish 8-8 per usual. The Dallas Cowboys: a commitment to mediocrity since 1997. Gotta love how Jerrah assumed Al Davis’ mantle of “crazy owner/GM” since Al died.

  21. Dallas radio station this morning:

    “Now we have the Triplets again! Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and Ezekiel Elliott.”
    —————————————
    Triplets……sure why not
    1) A perpetually injured QB
    2) A jughead WR
    3) An overvalued RB that will lose tread just like every RB in the history of the NFL
    Jerry thinking short term as usual and that is why Dallas has been a two decade joke.

  22. jerry944 says:
    Apr 29, 2016 10:00 AM
    U have to score points to win…

    Defense wins championships offense just fills the seats.

  23. How many times are they gonna get burnt going for CB? Jones and Claiborne aren’t good at all. Atleast this dude is a complete back that levels people and a beast of a blocker.

  24. With the 4th pick in the draft, there were plenty of players there to improve your defense. Players that didn’t play on the offensive side of the ball. Just more evidence that Jerry is the huge problem in Dallas.

  25. Funniest statements of the day: Little Zeke Elliott is another AP, he’s like Marshall Faulk, he’s a hall of famer before he touches the ball.
    Melvin Gordon outshined Zeke in every way, in the B1G, and I don’t hear any Charger fans saying such things about him.
    Me and my boys were cheering when Dallas took him, though. Our sorry assed Fins got a much better pick for it.
    My only question is, how is Jerry going to explain to his boys at Arkansas that he didn’t want their, more NFL suited, guy Alex Collins?

  26. Dallas will continue to be a clown show when the owner thinks he has a clue about managing people. Even “Showtime” got it right about this pick being too soon… he said; “how is a rookie running back going to make through 20 games?”. (Note: He was including playoff games… that’s a big if.)

  27. No DB has ever made a team a champ..sanders didnt win anything in atlanta..revis never won anything in ny..they won a super bowl when they went to teams that has great offenses

  28. Good defense will shut down the run game then what? There goes the “good, grinding the clock” offense is a good defense strategy.

  29. Cowboys lost 6 games by a touchdown or less last year..a healthy romo and elliott will give u atleast 10 points more than last years offense

  30. I’m not one to pass judgment on another dude’s fashion, but that “shirt” was absolutely ridiculous. I can’t imagine the amount of grief he’s going to get as a rookie in the locker room and in uber conservative Texas. Dallas as a whole may be fairly cosmopolitan and liberal but the surrounding areas and fanbase certainly are not.

  31. I’m going to go with the people who agree it’s a smart pick: IF they do a good job of getting defenders on the next two rounds (there’s not a QB worth taking until maybe the 4th). It will be interesting to see if either of their current RBs is offered as trade bait to move up or get another pick. I’d package Ron Leary and McFadden to the Dolphins for their 2d and 3rd.

  32. mnesmith77 says:
    Apr 29, 2016 10:25 AM
    jerry944 says:
    Apr 29, 2016 10:00 AM
    U have to score points to win…

    Defense wins championships offense just fills the seats.
    ———””—————-
    Look at the last 20 super bowl champs..only 4 of those teams had dominant defenses..its not 1960 anymore

  33. haha cowboys fans. somehow Jerry always makes the nfc east fans smile. thanks for not taking Ramsey. already made our offseason by retaining his red headed bastard (they look alike, no?) as head coach. At any rate, Garrett will run this rookie into the ground with too many carries and pain pills like he did with murray. and when romo goes down again, and he will, there is no Witten to capt the offence on the field. that will be left to dez and half top harry. hahahhahaha

  34. Negative comments regardless of pick bc it’s Dallas.

    Video doesn’t lie. Absolute stud.

    1,500 yards and ROY.

    Enjoy the show, running game helps romo stay healthy and dez is top redzone threat in the NFL.

    Control the clock, deepest defensive draft ever

  35. squintyeyedjoe says:
    Apr 29, 2016 10:42 AM
    Funniest statements of the day: Little Zeke Elliott is another AP, he’s like Marshall Faulk, he’s a hall of famer before he touches the ball.
    ———
    Elliott had 4 tds in the national championship. Where was Gordon again?

    1 played behind an nfl line at wisconsin that also produced Montee ball who was a flop.

    Zeke wtop be a stud. Jealousy is hilarious

  36. Bosa will turn out to be a bust and he is undersized. Ramsey is not a “sure thing” I saw a lot of tape where he was out of place and lacked energy.

    Everyone thats hating are just mad there team didnt draft him. I don’t see Goff or Wentz becoming anything special. It might take a couple of years to realize it but you all will see.

  37. Dallas fan here. Dallas didn’t need the natural safety Ramsey. Zeke is complete. Watching his career films I have yet to see anyone stand him up.

    The Ravens wanted him in trade with Dallas; they didn’t want anyone else that high. I can hardly imagine an offense better suited. We have some holes elsewhere.

    I have changed my mind about the FO with the Zeke pick. Ramsey would have been conventionally safe. But it wouldn’t have helped Romo stay upright.

  38. Just look at what John Schneider in Seattle did. He traded the 26th pick for Denver’s 31 and picked up an extra 3rd rounder…just for waiting an extra 5 picks to get the same player they would’ve picked with the other pick.

    So he got a 3rd for nothing just because Denver was so desperate for Paxton lynch.

    That’s how you do it. Oh BTW reports say that the boys offered seattle a two pick trade for 25 as well but Denver was better and ensured Seattle kept the same player only having to wait 5 picks. Not to mention Denver is afc.

    Jerry could’ve gotten so much more…and still gotten his guy. Nobody is picking a rb in the first…other than jerry of course.

  39. Sorry, I know the standard is to troll.

    But, those of you that are dissing and complaining, I can tell you this, you blew up the Browns draft plan. Dallas picked a guy who is an absolute game changer. If Demarco, who I liked, could accomplish what he did behind that line, what is this beast’s ceiling?

    I hate to say it, but this has a strong possibility of being the highest impact pick of the draft.

    Wish the Brown’s had gotten him.

    troll on

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