The defending NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles hold two first round picks (No. 10 and No. 30) in this year’s NFL draft.
It’s rare for a team that just competed in the Super Bowl to have such a high first pick, but some expect trading by GM Howie Roseman, the Eagles own the tenth overall pick.
With a draft pick so high, they must draft a special player. A difference maker. That player may just be available at that spot.
Texas RB Bijan Robinson is just that player. He is one of the most talented players in the draft. Robinson would add another dimension to an already potent attack.
Last season, Robinson rushed for 1,580 yards on 258 carries (6.1 yards per carry) and 18 touchdowns. He is also a receiving threat in open space, catching 19 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns.
The Eagles let Miles Sanders go in free agency and signed the oft-injured Rashad Penny as a free agent. They also have Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott on the roster too, but none of those backs have the talent that Bijan Robinson has.
The offense is loaded with QB Jalen Hurts, receivers A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith, TE Dallas Goedert, and arguably the best offensive line in football. Imagine, adding Robinson to that potent lineup.
The NFL is different now. Offenses are what wins. They dominate the NFL, and the Eagles are right there at the top.
During a recent sit-down with Dan Patrick, he revealed that his only top 30 visits were with Philadelphia and Tampa Bay.
In his meeting with the Eagles, general manager Howie Roseman asked: Why do I need to take you at No. 10?
Robinson’s reply: “You’re not going to get a running back. You’re going to get a difference-maker.”
Running backs are not valued as highly as they were years ago, and the Eagels history has shown they do not emphasize the position in the first round, but this a different situation.
Robinson is a special talent and the perfect fit for the Eagles offense. Make the pick Howie!
Texas RB Bijan Robinson. Photo courtsey of Tim Warner/Getty Images