The Philadelphia Eagles kicked off a free-agency deteriorate with a whirlwind of moves to inform a register of players brought in by former manager Chip Kelly.
One such pierce was to trade using behind DeMarco Murray to a Tennessee Titans. That growth filled a pivotal area of need for a Titans — providing second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota with a gifted using behind to work with in manager Mike Mularkey’s “exotic smashmouth” attack — and non-stop a blank on a Eagles’ roster.
2016 NFL DRAFT
For a time being, a Eagles still have veterans Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner on a register (though, a group has indicated that Mathews is there for a taking). Despite a large dropoff in prolongation following a league-leading 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns with a Dallas Cowboys in 2014, Murray still managed to lead a Eagles in rushing with 702 yards. That prolongation will need to be accounted for, and a Eagles could spin to this year’s breeze for additional backfield help.
Here are 4 using behind prospects in a 2016 NFL Draft category that make clarity for a Eagles, formed on feedback from NFL Media breeze researcher Lance Zierlein.
1. Jordan Howard, Indiana: Due to a Sam Bradford trade, a Eagles are though a second-round breeze selection. With a apocalyptic need to acquire descent line talent, a Eagles expected will pass on a using behind in a initial turn and could use one of their dual third-round selections during a position.
After UAB close down a football program, Howard found a home during Indiana, where he transposed Tevin Coleman — a third-round selection of a Atlanta Falcons in a 2015 draft. While Howard did acquire first-team All-Big Ten honors (alongside Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott), he was also injury-prone, blank 4 games.
At 6-foot-0, 230 pounds, Howard measures adult good to Murray’s 6-0, 217-pound frame, and could be a workhorse back. Howard total to be comparison on a Friday of a 2016 breeze — NFL Media breeze researcher Chad Reuter projects Howard to go with a initial collect in a third turn in his latest four-round ridicule draft. That also binds loyal for a other draft-eligible using backs mentioned below.
2. Devontae Booker, Utah: Booker has knowledge using in a pro-style offense, and posted 1,000-yard rushing seasons a prior dual years for a Utes. On tip of his prolongation as a runner, Booker brings a knack for throwing a round as well, collecting 80 receptions a past dual seasons.
3. Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech: Dixon is entrance off a record-setting career during Louisiana Tech, carrying quickly owned a FBS record for touchdown scores (Keenan Reynolds surfaced Dixon’s 87 scores in Navy’s Military Bowl win and finished with 88). Dixon’s bell-cow capabilities are joined with an ability to be a arguable receiver (he had 33 receptions for 464 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2015).
4. Jonathan Williams, Arkansas: Williams missed a whole 2015 deteriorate with a feet injury. If he’s entirely recovered, Williams could be an instant-impact participation in a pros. At 5-11, 220, Williams is thick, though brings discerning feet and a small step wear from his college career. The feet damage will be a regard for teams, that is because Williams could be had after in a breeze than his talent would differently suggest.
There is a really singular preference of using backs this year, and a aforementioned prospects move varying ability sets and can fit in many any descent system.
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