The Philadelphia Eagles own the No. 8 pick in the NFL Draft later this month and, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, are “in love” with former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott.
This is certainly an interesting development, especially if team executive and de facto GM Howie Roseman opts to keep the pick. It’s been no secret that the Eagles would love to draft a quarterback, but odds are greater than none that both Jared Goff and Carson Wentz will be unavailable by the time Philadelphia’s turn comes around. Moreover, at No. 8, picking someone like Paxton Lynch would be too much of a reach.
Which is why Elliott could wind up being a great fit in the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia no longer has LeSean McCoy or DeMarco Murray on the roster, and neither Ryan Mathews nor Darren Sproles has what it takes to be a No. 1 bell cow running back.
Enter Ezekiel Elliott, who impressed many at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this year and ran for 3,961 yards and 43 touchdowns in three seasons at Ohio State. He’s easily the best running back in the draft and though the eighth pick may seem high for drafting that position, he may be too good to turn down.
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