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Ezekiel Elliott questions prospects sitting out of bowl games

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Just hours after Stanford junior running back Christian McCaffrey announced he will skip the Sun Bowl to prepare for the 2017 NFL Draft, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott took to Twitter to question the decision. Elliott didn't mention McCaffrey by name, and LSU junior running back Leonard Fournette has made the same choice. It's clear that the former Ohio State star had them in mind when he chimed in.

Elliott changed his tone a bit after learning that Fournette and McCaffrey both dealt with injuries during the season.

Elliott certainly can speak from experience. He plays the same position as Fournette and McCaffrey, a position that absorbs a great deal of contact, tends to provide shorter NFL careers, and is subjected to diminished draft value. Elliott entered the NFL as an underclassman a year ago -- Fournette and McCaffrey intend to do the same -- but played in OSU's Fiesta Bowl game in January. That was the game in which Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith, who was viewed as a potential top-five pick, suffered a severe knee injury and fell to the second round of the draft as a result. He won't play for the Cowboys this season as he works his way back from the injury.

While Elliott's opinion is admirable, that doesn't make it good advice.

Bowl games in which the national championship is not at stake, in essence, are exhibition games. It's hard to find fault with a draft prospect for thinking of his future when a championship doesn't hinge on the outcome of a bowl game.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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