Eagles Buzz: Peter King thinks Howie Roseman should draft Texas RB Bijan Robinson at 10th overall
With the NFL Draft a little over two weeks away, speculation over who the Philadelphia Eagles should target with their two first-round picks has consistently been ramping up.
Howie Roseman can go in a number of different directions come draft night. He can stick to his philosophy of building through the trenches, go with a more pressing need like safety/linebacker, or he can surprise everyone and go with Texas star running back Bijan Robinson.
Taking Robinson at 10th overall would be a bold move for Roseman. He’s never spent a first-round pick on a running back during his tenure and running back isn’t really a need right now.
Would Robinson bolster the Eagles already elite rushing attack? There’s no doubt about that. We just know how short the lifespan of NFL running backs are. By the time Robinson’s rookie contract is up, he may have already passed his prime. Not to mention Philly’s running game is more predicated on their big guys up front than the guys toting the rock.
Nevertheless, the idea of Howie snagging Robinson at 10th overall has steadily grown in popularity in recent weeks. Everyone seems to be hopping on the bandwagon, even NFL extraordinaire Peter King, who stated in his weekly Football Morning in America column that he would take Bijan with the 10th pick.
King on why the Eagles should draft Robinson
I think if I were Howie Roseman, I’d draft Bijan Robinson 10th overall, break the Eagles’ mold of always fortifying the two lines, and say to the world: Okay, you all try to stop Jalen Hurts, A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, Dallas Goedert and Bijan Robinson—I know you can’t.
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I get King’s argument here. Defenses already had a tough time stopping the Eagles offense without an elite running back last season. Adding Robinson into the mix would give Philly arguably the best assortment of skill position players in the NFL.
The way I see it, there’s no need for Howie to switch up his draft philosophy – especially for a devalued position like running back. Roseman’s team building strategy has gotten him to two Super Bowls over the past five years. Why change something if it’s working?
If the Eagles really want to add an RB through the draft, there will be plenty of solid prospects available in the later rounds. A top-10 pick is too valuable to waste it on a guy who more than likely won’t get a second contract with the team. Targeting a foundational player who has the potential to be a team cornerstone for a decade is what the Eagles should prioritize. I have to believe Howie views it the same way.
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