If you would have guessed at the beginning of the 2021-2022 NFL regular season that Miles Sanders would have appeared in 12 games for the Philadelphia Eagles, start every single one of them, tote the ball 137 times, catch 26 passes, and fail to reach the end zone as a runner or a receiver, you would have won a ton of bets.
No one should worry though. Sanders took a lot of heat last season, but he’s one of the best young tailbacks in the game. The future is also bright for Kenneth Gainwell. He had a nice rookie year as did the veteran, Boston Scott.
There are questions about whether or not Philly will move on from Scott during free agency. Let’s hope that they don’t. He’s one of the best offensive weapons they have.
Let’s not forget about Jordan Howard either. He proved there’s plenty of gas left in the tank, but with his running style and body type, it’s obvious that he won’t be able to handle the rigors of a full 18-week, 17-game season. It just isn’t going to happen. Let’s talk about the coming NFL Draft.
Here’s how the Eagles’ top 20 RB prospects stack up following the NFL Combine.
It’s always a wise idea to restock and retool the running back position at football’s highest level. It’s the game’s most punishing position.
The Eagles have dealt with their share of nicks and bruises. Their depth chart never looks the same at the end of the campaign as it does at its beginning. Here’s a look at the top 20 running backs that will be available when we reach the 2022 NFL Draft. Expect this list to change some between now and then.
- Brian Robinson Jr., Alabama Crimson Tide
- Zamir White, Georgia Bulldogs
- Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M Aggies
- Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State Spartans
- James Cook, Georgia Bulldogs
- Tyler Badie, Missouri Tigers
- Dameon Pierce, Florida Gators
- Breece Hall, Iowa State Cyclones
- Zach Charbonnet, UCLA Bruins
- Hassan Haskins, Michigan Wolverines
- D’Vonte Price, Florida International Panthers
- Max Borghi, Washington State Cougars
- Rachaad White, Arizona State Sun Devils
- Keaontay Ingram, USC Trojans
- C.J. Verdell, Oregon Ducks
- Kennedy Brooks, Oklahoma Sooners
- Master Teague, Ohio State Buckeyes
- Brittain Brown, UCLA Bruins
- Abram Smith, Baylor Bears
- Travis Dye, Oregon Ducks
Here’s some quick analysis of the top guy.
Who would have thunk? A former Alabama Crimson Tide standout tops our list, and his name is Brian Robinson. They just keep churning them out, huh? He’s been compared to former North Carolina running back Javonte Williams, a 2021 second-round draft choice of the Denver Broncos.
In five seasons (55 games) with The Tide, Robinson stacked 2,704 yards and a five-yards-per-carry average. 458 totes over the past three seasons (and 271 in 2021) is concerning seeing as how he plays a position that doesn’t have a long shelf life, but for a team looking to find someone who can churn out yards late to chew up clock or pick up those tough yards on third-and-short, this six-foot-one, 228-pounder fits the bill.
Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III could be the best dual-threat at the position. Keep an eye on him as the Eagles love versatile backs and love using them in the passing game.