NFLN's Jeremiah: Birds Would Benefit From Round 1 RB
The reigning NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles are in prime position to add talent to their roster with two first-round picks in the 2023 NFL draft.
In a pre-combine conference call with reporters, NFL Network analyst and draft expert Daniel Jeremiah dropped a surprising name of a prospect who he sees as a potential fit for the Eagles offense.
said Jeremiah, a former Eagles area scout: “I know Howie [Roseman] doesn’t take running backs … but if you look at that offense, with Jalen Hurts, A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert and then you drop Bian Robinson into that mix? Holy moly.”
Bijan Robinson is the best RB prospect, and potentially one of the best overall, in the 2023 NFL draftRobinson, ranked among Jeremiah’s top-five overall prospects for this year’s draft, spent his three years in college with Texas and soon became one of the nation’s top rushers. In 2022, he ran for 1,580 yards on 6.1 YPC and scored 20 total touchdowns.
While the team has not selected a running back in the first round of the draft since 1986, the Eagles are in play to add to their run game at some point in the draft with Miles Sanders and Boston Scott both entering unrestricted free agency. Sanders could potentially be in-line for a pay-day from another team following a career-high 1,269 yards and 11 touchdowns in the 2022 season.
The question is whether the Eagles would be willing to buck their trend of not picking a running back early. If the team goes elsewhere at 10th overall pick, they’ll likely miss out on Robinson.
Jeremiah added that he doesn’t suggest bad teams taking running backs early in the first round, but good teams can benefit from adding a dynamic ball carrier on the first day of the draft.
“If he were to go top-10 he would not get laughs around the league,” Jeremiah said. “People know who good he is. I just don’t know where to put him. I don’t mind taking running back in the first round, as long as a team is ready to win right now. I don’t want to waste carries on a crappy team.”
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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