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Cowboys’ big offensive line gets Ezekiel Elliott’s attention

Like most running backs, Ezekiel Elliott is intrigued by running behind what's considered the NFL's best offensive line.

And the Ohio State product might get that opportunity, as the Dallas Cowboys are considering the home-run threat with the fourth overall pick in Thursday night's draft.

"It would be an honor for any running back to go run behind them," Elliott said Wednesday from the draft. "I’m sure every running back in this draft is licking their chops for the opportunity to play behind that line. The commitment to the run and just all the all the veterans, all the superstars around you, is appealing. You’ve got some vets around you that you can learn a lot from.

"You can learn a lot from (Tony) Romo. You can learn a lot from Jason Witten. You can learn a lot from Dez (Bryant). I think it would be a good situation for me. I could go in there and I can learn and I can develop."

The Cowboys feel good about their running back group as of now with holdover Darren McFadden, freshly signed Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar returning from injury.

After all, McFadden posted the fourth-most rushing yards in the league despite starting the season as the No. 2 option behind Joseph Randle.

But Elliott would give the Cowboys a much needed playmaker and all-around back who is a threat running and receiving.

"I’m a versatile back," Elliott said. "I’m a guy who in college I worked on my game to try to fill all the holes, to try to fill all the weaknesses, so when I approach this opportunity so teams couldn’t dissect my game and say, ‘This is what you need to work.’ I focused on becoming great at everything.

"I focused on becoming the best blocking running back in college football. I think I run the ball well inside and outside. I think I have good hands out of the backfield. So I think I’m a guy who can come in and be used in many different ways."

Elliott said his meetings with the Cowboys throughout the draft process have gone well, and executive vice president Stephen Jones said Elliott is worthy of a top-10 pick.

Elliott, like most fans, is looking forward to seeing if the Cowboys feel he's worthy of the fourth overall selection.

"This clock is ticking so slow to tomorrow night. I’m just ready," Elliott said. "I just wish I could fast forward and get to tomorrow night. I’m just kind of enjoying this moment. I’m having a good time."

Drew Davison contributed to this report

Charean Williams: 817-390-7760, @NFLCharean

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