Ezekiel Elliott to Philly? Eagles exec suggests he's not above grabbing RB early
It might all be adding up for Ezekiel Elliott in Philadelphia.
The Eagles already traded tailback DeMarco Murray to the Tennessee Titans earlier in the month. They also worked out a deal with the Miami Dolphins that involved swapping first-round picks. That moved Philadelphia up to No. 8 ahead of the division-rival New York Giants, who are believed to be in the market for a running back.
So naturally, Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman was asked about whether or not a running back is worth using a high draft pick on.
His answer might’ve revealed the team’s pre-draft strategy.
“There’s this narrative that you can get running backs in the fifth, sixth, seventh round and undrafted free agency,” Roseman said on Monday at the NFL Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, Fla., per The Philadelphia Inquirer. “But when you look back at the last 10 years of guys that are really in the top 10 in rushing, those guys are high picks.
“And so, when you find a special talent at that position, that guy who can run the ball, who can pass-protect, who can catch the ball out of the backfield, that’s a unique weapon.”
Elliott has been heralded during the pre-draft evaluation process for his ability to do all three of those things. ESPN’s Todd McShay even said that Elliott was the best run-blocking back he’d ever seen.
NFL.com draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah already has Elliott slotted at No. 8 to the Eagles.
The wildcard for the Eagles, if they are targeting Elliott, could be the Dallas Cowboys at No. 4. With the aging Darren McFadden and a dominant offensive line already in place, some believe the Cowboys will grab Elliott before the Eagles get the chance.
McFadden was one of six running backs in the last 10 years selected in the top 10. If NFC East front offices follow the same approach as Roseman, Elliott could join that list.