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Draft Ezekiel Elliott, because you need both a new RB and a new offensive coordinator

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Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott is expected to be the first running back off the draft board. That would be fine. He's an excellent athlete and was a highly productive college highlight machine.

Now, let's talk about the other job vacancy he can fill for you: he can capably contribute to your coaching staff.

Let's back up real quick. The Buckeyes entered 2015 as a team of destiny. The defending national champs returned virtually everybody and had so many star quarterbacks, the two-time Big Ten Player of the Year shifted to wide receiver. This horde of OSU players expected to be drafted? Everyone knew about it a year ago. Pressure was high.

The only potential weakness: those championship Buckeyes had lost offensive coordinator Tom Herman to Houston. But Urban Meyer is one of the best coach-hirers there is, so surely that alone couldn't wreck everything.

Ohio State goofed through the first half of its schedule, with a couple of close calls against far inferior teams. The QB riches had turned into a QB debacle. The defense was holding steady and wouldn't give up more than 28 points all year, but the offense kept being bad at everything except giving Zeke the rock and letting him operate.

Elliott was averaging 159 yards from scrimmage when No. 3 OSU hosted No. 9 Michigan State. He added only 33 yards that day. The dream season pretty much died in the loss.

The running back:

"I'm disappointed in the play calling. I'm disappointed in the situations that we were put in, and I wish it all played out differently," Elliott said. "It is very disappointing. In the one drive that we had where we kind of had some momentum after we scored on the strip-sack, the plays we ran, we ran a lot of gap schemes and we were gashing them. You guys saw that on that drive. We had a lot of momentum.

"Honestly, we didn't see those plays for the rest of the game. Those plays weren't called anymore. I asked for those plays to be called, and they weren't. It just hurts. It hurts a lot because of how we lost. I feel like we just weren't put in the right opportunity to win this game. We weren't put in the right situations to win this game."

While he wasn't exactly right as far as the tactics go, the support his comments received from other players left no doubt that Ohio State needed to shake up its play calling. Meyer shifted coaches around, and instead of suspending Elliott for airing out the coaching staff, he let the star back take it out on poor Michigan.

Thus, Zeke was right enough to look exactly right, and that's more than you can say for some NFL coaching hires. So do it, NFL. Draft Zeke as your play caller.


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