Last week Ezekiel Elliott made headlines by declaring that he wanted to get drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. Elliott has since hedged his bet by saying in a recent Yahoo interview that he wouldn’t mind being picked by the Bears, calling it a dream situtation.
According to Elliott,
“My running back coach my sophomore year is Stan Drayton and he’s up at the Chicago Bears right now, so that would be a dream situation for me honestly. He is kind of the one that got me acclimated to the college game. I know if I went up there he’d push me to the limits that I need to be and I’d accomplish everything I want to in my NFL career.”
Most mock drafts have Elliott as the first running back picked in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Buckeye running back runs angry and is a tremendous blocker. With Matt Forte possibly on the outs in Chicago as a free agent the Bears could draft Elliott at #11 if he’s still there. Jay Cutler will get another weapon and some fresh legs in the backfield.
The Bears need help on the offensive and defensive lines but Elliott could be too good to pass up, especially if Forte doesn’t re-sign with the team. Chicago finished 6-10 but were much better than their record. Six of their losses came by 6 points or less and they almost beat Denver in November. If the team can find a way to win the close ones and keep Cutler healthy the Bears could be a playoff contender in 2016.