With their second pick in the second round, the Eagles look to the offense for the first time and land one of college football's best rushers.
Round Two: Braelon Allen, RB, Wisconsin
Kenneth Gainwell is the only running back on the Eagles roster that isn't set to hit free agency's pool following the 2023 season, and the Eagles have been reluctant (and rightfully so) to sign running backs to expensive contracts in recent years. Finding a running back who is talented and inexpensive will no doubt be a top priority for The Birds this offseason, and Wisconsin's Braelon Allen is an incredible talent that the Eagles will likely be able to land outside of the top 50 picks.
Braelon Allen came to Wisconsin ranked as a four-star recruit by 247Sports and ESPN. As a freshman, Allen appeared in 12 games, starting in four, and was given 186 attempts en route to 1,268 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. He became the third running back in Wisconsin history with over 1,000 rushing yards as a true freshman, and his 6.82 yards per carry were tied for best in the nation.
Allen plays with power, speed, and vision that could fit in virtually any NFL offense, but pairing him with the Eagles offensive line and Jalen Hurts could turn the Wisconsin standout from a day two draft choice to a leading candidate for 2024's offensive rookie of the year.
With 2,982 rushing yards and counting in his NCAA career, over 1,500 of them have come after contact. Allen is projected by NFLDraftBuzz.com to run a 40-yard dash around 4.40 seconds. He is also the site's second-ranked running back in the 2024 Draft. If the Eagles find themselves in a position to draft a player at a positional need with the potential of Braelon Allen, they should undoubtedly pull the trigger.