Philadelphia Eagles VP of football operations Howie Roseman recently spoke to reporters and called former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott a “complete back,” according to a tweet from Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Howie Roseman said Ezekiel Elliott is a complete back. Emphasizes what he can do even when the ball is not in his hands.
— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) April 18, 2016
Though Roseman said nothing outright, this certainly suggests that Philadelphia could very well be planning to use the No. 8 pick in next week’s NFL Draft to select Elliott, assuming the former Buckeye is available. Though Philadelphia has a greater need at quarterback, the two top prospects in California’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz are almost definitely going to be off the board at that point unless Roseman swings a trade with either the Los Angeles Rams or Cleveland Browns, who own the first two picks.
But the Eagles could also use help at running back, as neither Ryan Mathews nor Darren Sproles is effective enough to be used as a feature back. Elliott, on the other hand, ran for 3,961 yards and 43 touchdowns while catching 58 catches for 449 yards and a touchdown in three years in Columbus.
Thus, even if oft-injured Sam Bradford is under center once again in 2016, Howie Roseman could potentially take solace in the fact that a great running back in Elliott is patrolling the backfield.
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