Eagles Will Meet with Elliott
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — The Eagles are among the teams who have set up a pre-draft visit with Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott, according to the star running back himself.
Speaking on NFL Network's "Total Access" on Thursday, Elliott confirmed he has visits scheduled with Philadelphia, as well as the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears, three teams with significant needs at the running back position.
"I'm lucky to be in this situation, and I'll be happy with whoever drafts me," Elliott said.
Elliott is by far the top running back prospect in the draft after putting up consecutive 1,800-yard seasons for the Buckeyes, and the Eagles will have the first shot at him among the three teams expressing interest thanks to the trade that sent Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso to South Florida.
In that deal Philadelphia swapped first-round picks with Miami and now has the No. 8 overall selection while the Dolphins are now at No. 13. The Bears have the 11th overall slot.
The Eagles are thin at running back after trading DeMarco Murray to Tennessee earlier in the offseason an currently have the oft-injured Ryan Mathews penciled in as their RB1 on the depth chart with veterans Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner as the backups. Developmental prospects Kevin Monangai and Ross Scheuerman are also on the offseason roster.
The team obviously needs help at the position but many question whether the value is there if you invest the No. 8 overall pick in a RB.
Conventional wisdom says if you're getting an Adrian Peterson- or Todd Gurley-level talent, it would be prudent to make the move. If not there are plenty contributors later in the draft who can hit the ground running in a committee-type setup.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973ESPN.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen