2. Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliot
This will come as a surprise to few. While originally the choice of “most overrated” for the Cowboys was a toss up between Ezekiel Elliott and Trevon Diggs, Elliott’s massive contract and expectations helped put him over the edge here.
In September of 2019, Elliott signed a massive six-year, $90 million deal with the Cowboys to remain on the team. However, even at the time this deal was looked at as a mistake. In this RB heavy league, the position is too replaceable to give a player like Elliott that big of a contract.
Elliott is by no means a bad player. However, with the way Cowboys fans talk about him, combined with his massive contract, you’d think he’s at the level of Derrick Henry or Jonathan Taylor. In 17 games played this season, Elliott carried the ball 237 times for 1,002 yards and 10 TDs. He averaged 4.2 yards per carry and less than 60 yards a contest. Whoa.
When you compare this to Elliott’s counterpart in the backfield, Tony Pollard, you begin to see why signing Zeke to such a massive contract was a total head-scratcher. In 15 games this past season, Pollard ran the ball 130 times for 719 yards and 2 TDs, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. It’s worth noting that Pollard had more receiving yards than Elliott as well.
There is no doubt that in his prime, Elliott was arguably the best back in the league. However, that time is long gone now, and we have not seen that version of the RB in nearly two seasons. If Elliott does not turn things around, it may be time for the Cowboys to consider trading the once All-Pro RB.