Working backs can be featured throughout Day 1 of on-field exercises on the 2019 NFL scouting mix Friday. In associated information, the Philadelphia Eagles evaluators spent the morning popping popcorn and sprucing their binoculars.
The Eagles have not drafted a operating again larger than the fourth spherical since govt vice chairman of soccer operations Howie Roseman first got here into energy in 2010, however that would change this April because of a mixture of want and circumstance.
The necessity: Philly completed 28th in speeding yards final season (1,570) and was second from the underside in yards per try (three.9). The Eagles’ main particular person rusher, rookie Josh Adams, ranked 41st within the NFL in rush yards (511). Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles are each free brokers.
The circumstance: They’ve two second-round draft picks this yr (Nos. 53 and 57 total), rising the probabilities that the Birds choose a operating again within the second spherical for the primary time since 2009 after they landed a man by the title of LeSean McCoy. And there are some potential Day 2 prospects who seem like they may match the invoice.
So the Eagles can be watching intently. Two backs on their radar particularly are Devin Singletary (FAU) and David Montgomery (Iowa State). Curiously sufficient, every compelled 85 missed tackles (evaded or damaged) final season, in response to ESPN Stats & Info, tied for many within the FBS.
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Singletary, who truly appears to be like a bit like McCoy operating the ball, with an identical potential to chop on a dime, rushed for a staggering 66 touchdowns in three seasons in faculty. Montgomery has some strikes of his personal and posted near 1,400 yards from scrimmage this previous season with 13 scores.
Roseman and coach Doug Pederson rightly identified this week that the workforce has discovered methods to get by at operating again with out investing loopy sources within the place. Their trio of backs featured in the course of the 2017 Tremendous Bowl season — LeGarrette Blount, Ajayi and Corey Clement — made a complete of $2.three million that yr. Blount was a Might signing. Ajayi was acquired on the commerce deadline. Clement was an undrafted free agent.
However final season, the place held them again, and there isn’t any actual getting round that. The necessity to search assist from the skin so incessantly is instantly associated to the workforce’s current observe report drafting backs.
Listed here are the operating backs the Eagles have chosen since 2010:
2010: Charles Scott, LSU, sixth spherical
2012: Bryce Brown, Kansas State, seventh spherical
2016: Wendell Smallwood, West Virginia, fifth spherical
2017: Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State, fourth spherical
Lewis is the largest hit, although the majority of his NFL manufacturing got here largely after he was traded by Philly to the Cleveland Browns in 2013.
As you’ll be able to see, all of those backs have been chosen within the fourth spherical or later. It isn’t all that shocking the success charge is just not tremendous excessive.
Roseman mentioned that they don’t seem to be going to power it at any place due to a perceived want. They usually should not. However this can be a yr wherein the celebs may align to pluck a difference-making operating again. A seek for the suitable match continues this weekend.