Eagles would be wise to monitor these sub-radar, late-round RB prospects

Eric Gray, Running Back, Oklahoma University Sooners (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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player. 815. . . . Eric Gray, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma’s Eric Gray fights for every yard and possesses a shiftiness that the Eagles should value.

Former Tennessee Volunteers star Eric Gray transferred to Oklahoma ahead of his junior year after two seasons in Knoxville. After being named the Sooners starting running back for his senior season in 2022, he responded by producing 1,374 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns while averaging 6.5 yards per carry.

Gray is also an effective weapon in the receiving game and is particularly skilled on screens. He collected 34 receptions for 238 yards, and quarterbacks collectively tallied a passer rating of 107.8 when targeting Gray throughout his collegiate career. He routinely shows off his hands and elusiveness. All of that is on display below.

The Eagles met with Gray at the Senior Bowl. He expressed his admiration for the Eagles and the way the team utilizes running backs as well according to Devin Jackson of the Philadelphia Inquirer. There’s definitely some mutual admiration here.

Gray is one of four 2023 running backs prospects who had over 200 carries and received an offensive grade above 90 from Pro Football Focus in 2022. He also had 21 runs of 15 yards or more, and he would have no problem making the most out of whatever role he is given.

Gray will likely be taken sometime between rounds four and six of the 2023 Draft, largely due to the fact he will turn 24 in November and he only measured in at only five-foot-nine and 1/2 inches at the combine. He was a player we would have liked to include in our most recent Mock Draft, but the Eagles don’t currently own any picks in those rounds (and we may have included an earlier running back selection).

Things can change though. The Eagles made three draft-day trades involving first-rounders during the past two drafts, and every one of them has included a middle-round selection.