‘TOP FIVE PLAYER ON THE BOARD’
The Intel With Greg Cosell: Bijan Robinson Highlights Talented RB Class
With the departure of Miles Sanders, the Philadelphia Eagles could look to a draft class loaded with talented runners to join Rashaad Penny, Kenny Gainwell, and Boston Scott in the backfield.
On the latest episode of “The Intel With Greg Cosell,” Greg Cosell joins Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher to break down the 2023 running back draft class.
Greg Cosell: “I don’t really believe Bijan Robinson has a weakness in his game based on tape. It certainly would not surprise me if just about every team has him as a top five player on the board and some teams have him as their number one or two player on the board, but he’s probably not going to go there. Yes he’s a running back, but he can detach from the formation, he runs routes as a wide receiver.
Cosell: “This guy goes from 0 to 60 in a heartbeat. He’s another weapon. He’s 5’9, 199, so he’s not a volume runner, but he’s a great receiver. At times when I watched him, he conjured up visions of Dalvin Cook. There are times where you could visually see the change of speed.”
Cosell: “He’s a little bigger, almost 5’10 and 204. He has that desirable combination of patience and decisiveness. He has accelerating speed, he’s a loose hip guy, can run through traffic inside, run through tackles outside. I really like this kid.”
Cosell: “He’s just a really good runner, not a great receiver but can catch the ball. He’s decisive, physical, powerful, competitive, a downhill runner, has great sustaining traits. He would probably be most effective working inside: inside zone, mid-zone, gap scheme.”
Cosell: “I think he has a great combination of traits. He was almost exclusively a shotgun runner at Oklahoma, but he ran and gap schemes and has a great refined feel for them. He’s nuanced, patient, yet decisive and has great short area burst. He has instant acceleration to the first level of the defense, subtle but really decisive cuts and change of direction without losing any velosity. In a way, he reminded me of Miles Sanders.”
Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.