Philadelphia Eagles: Making the case for Bijan Robinson at No. 10

Making the case for Bijan Robinson at No. 10
Making the case for Bijan Robinson at No. 10 (Photo Credit-Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

I know, I know, Howie Roseman does not draft running backs in the first round, let alone with a top-10 pick. But Texas’ Bijan Robinson no ordinary running back, and the Eagles know that. That’s why they used a Top-30 visit to bring him in to Philadelphia.

Philly fans burst into a social-media frenzy and stirred up speculation when Robinson posted a picture of the city on his Instagram. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo later confirmed that the team brought Robinson in for an official pre-draft visit. So that pegs the question: are the Eagles considering him at No. 10? The most likely answer is no, but they should.

Robinson is widely considered the best running back prospect since Saquon Barkley came out of Penn State in 2018. Barkley was drafted second overall by the Giants, and, at the time, no one thought it was too high. That’s how good Barkley was, and Robinson is nothing shy of that.

The 5-foot-11, 215 pound back amassed 3,410 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns on 539 attempts. He is not only the top running back prospect in the draft, he is a top-five overall prospect, and, suddenly, the Eagles have a need at the position.

The team lost Miles Sanders in free agency and signed Rashaad Penny to a one-year, $1.25 million contract. Though, Penny is no sure thing. At the age of 27, he has battled injuries his whole career, playing in only 42 of 82 possible games.

The narrative that drafting a running back in the first round is too high, well, it’s laughable. In the past decade, five running backs have been drafted in the top 10: Barkley, Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott, Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette. Four of those five grew into superstars while still on their rookie deal. Robinson could, and should, be the next to join that list.

The Eagles have two first-round picks with 10 and pick 30. They know that Robinson will not make it to 30. Everybody should know that. So the case for Robinson to the Eagles has to be made for pick 10.

Robinson could take the Eagles’ offense to new heights. Teams would be forced to guess which of Hurts or Robinson will take the RPO, which could open gaps along the defensive front. Not to mention Nick Sirianni’s rush-friendly offense and the best offensive line in the NFL. If drafted by Philadelphia, Robinson could vault himself into consideration as a top-back in the NFL after just one year.

Personally, I think the Eagles should not overthink this one. I know they have abrupt holes to fill on the defensive side, but if their guy isn’t there, Robinson should absolutely be the pick at No. 10.

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