Report: Running back is ‘in the plans’ for Eagles at NFL Draft
Although the Eagles have brought in Rashaad Penny to help shore up the backfield, they may not be done addressing the position.
Following his first 1,000-yard season (the first 1k runner in Eagles history since LeSean McCoy), RB Miles Sanders departed in free agency, eventually landing with the Carolina Panthers on a four-year deal. The move was expected, as GM Howie Roseman typically doesn’t shell out big money to running backs.
Still, Sanders played a key role in Philly’s offense en route to a Super Bowl appearance, and his production will have to be replaced in 2023. Roseman may find his man in the upcoming draft.
According to ESPN’s Matt Miller, there are whispers in NFL circles that Philadelphia has heavy interest in selecting a running back with one of their six selections:
“Running back comes up a lot when talking to both team and league sources about the Eagles’ draft plans. It might not be Bijan Robinson in the first round, but Philly should look to add to that position’s depth chart, despite signing Rashaad Penny to replace Miles Sanders. The Eagles did have a formal meeting with Jahmyr Gibbs (Alabama) at the combine and had Robinson to Philadelphia for an official visit.”
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The apple of everyone’s eye is Bijan Robinson out of Texas, who some have mocked in the top 10. Roseman likely won’t invest first-round capital on a tailback, but it’s easy to be allured by a potentially high-powered offense featuring Robinson, Jalen Hurts, AJ Brown, and DeVonta Smith.
Other talented runners in this class include Jahmyr Gibbs (Alabama), Zach Charbonnet (UCLA), Devon Achane (Texas A&M), and Tank Bigsby (Auburn). Behind the best offensive line in football, virtually any back can be successful — and the fewer hits the soon-to-be $200M man Jalen Hurts has to take, the better.
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