Eagles nab RB Bijian Robinson at No. 10 in McShay’s post-combine mock draft
The Philadelphia Eagles may lose running back Miles Sanders and Boston Scott in free agency, but would they consider replacing them by drafting a running back in the first-round?
ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay, put out his post-combine mock draft on Tuesday and thinks the Eagles could go down that road. McShay has the Eagles doing something that would be out of character, by drafting Texas running back Bijian Robinson at No. 10.
I know, I know. It's a running back in the top 10, and the Eagles' defense is littered with free agents. Call it a luxury pick, but this wouldn't be surprising. Philadelphia leans on the run, Miles Sanders is a free agent and Robinson is a special kind of prospect. He put up 1,580 rushing yards, 20 total TDs, 91 broken tackles and 19 catches last season, and then ran a 4.46 in Indy. He has the contact balance and burst to make defenders miss and move the chains, and I know every other NFC team would be struggling with how to stop an offense that houses Jalen Hurts, A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith and Robinson. Who do you take away there? There's no right answer.
McShay points to the fact the Eagles have a "luxury pick" as a prime reason to take the running back in the first round.
Sanders had a breakout season for the Eagles, rushing for 1,269 and 11 scores in 2022, but if he walks in free agency, who will pick up that production in 2023?
If both Sanders and Scott walk, Kenny Gainwell and Trey Sermon remain on the Eagles roster.
Last season at Texas, Robinson recorded 1,580 yards and 18 touchdowns in his final collegiate season, and is a 5-foot-11, 215-pounds, every down type of back who can also catch the ball out of the backfield.
At No. 30, McShay has the Eagles returning to their roots, landing Pittsburgh defensive tackle Calijah Kancey.
Kancey ran the fastest 40-yard dash for a defensive tackle at the combine since 2006, turning in a 4.67. He's a disruptive player with explosive traits, and he had 14.5 sacks and 28.5 tackles for loss over the past two seasons. But he's a bit of a 'tweener at 281 pounds, meaning he might move around Philly's defensive line.
Thiis would make a ton of sense if he was still on the board at No. 30, with possibility that Javon Hargrave and Fletcher Cox walk in free agency. Even if one of them come back, the team would need to replace the other player and Kancey would be an outstanding player to land in this spot.
The NFL Draft is April 27-29 in Kansas City and can be heard on 97.3 ESPN.
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