Will the Eagles add through the draft?
The Eagles have seven picks this year — three within the first two rounds, and the rest ranging from the fourth to the sixth rounds. There aren’t any running backs in the pool this year who are considered to be ‘elite’ per se. But plenty of mid-round talent could be available for the Eagles by the fourth round. After evaluating each player individually, we have concluded that the Eagles have more guys who are replaceable, rather than locks.
Could they feel confident with Jordan Howard leading the pack as he did with Chicago in 2016? Probably, but the Eagles aren’t going to go there. It’s been made clear by the front office and the coaching staff that the Eagles are going to continue to roll with their committee approach. So if they are looking for that 2017 recipe, chances are another addition or two is coming.
At the NFL Combine this season, the Birds met with pretty much every running back prospect in attendance. Also, they hosted a few guys on a Top-30 visit as well. The Eagles have been quite active in scouting these rookie rushers, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody if the select one AND still add via a trade, or another veteran signing. Rumor has it the Cleveland Browns are a potential trade partner for the Eagles for Duke Johnson, but that deal is a long way from getting done. Also, keep in mind that Darren Sproles and even Jay Ajayi are still on the market. We can’t say which route the Eagles will go, but they will definitely be adding a back or two very soon.