As the the offseason continues it is time to look at another hole the Eagles roster that they need fill. This is hole comes at the running back position.
Corey Clement will not be sticking with Eagles and will be on the free agent market. The Eagles currently have two young running backs in Miles Sanders and Boston Scott. Both of these running backs have shown the ability to produce big plays for the Eagles offense.
Some are saying that the Eagles should take a running back in free agency so they can have a veteran presence at the position. On the other side of the coin, these two young running backs in Sanders and Scott have proven that they can be a big factor in Philadelphia’s running game. The Eagles should trust that they can do the same in 2021 and possibly do even better. With that being said, these are three running backs the Eagles can take in the 2021 draft.
Spencer Brown, who played for the UAB Blazers during his college football career, is a solid option if the Eagles decide to take a running back later in the draft. He is a bigger running back at 6-foot and weighing in at 220 pounds. Brown started his college career hot, surpassing 1,000 yards in his first two years at UAB. In 2019, he fell off a little in yardage due to an injury where he had to miss three games. He still had 566 yards and five touchdowns. He had another impressive season during his senior year, gaining 889 yards and 10 touchdowns.
What can Brown bring to the Eagles? Brown is big and has the ability to break tackles. Defenses will not want to tackle him late in games. He also does not turn the ball over much as he only had six fumbles in his time as a Blazer. He also has the speed to break off big runs. The Eagles can take Brown within the middle to late rounds of the draft.
Sermon is another running back that the Eagles should think about taking during the 2021 NFL Draft. Sermon made a lot of noise in the Big Ten Championship Game against Northwestern. He had 331 yards along with two touchdowns.
That game was impressive, but Sermon’s college career has also been an impressive one. He played his first three years as a Sooner for the University of Oklahoma. He had over 700 yards during his freshman year and over 900 yards during his sophomore year at Oklahoma. Sermon also scored a season high 13 touchdowns his second year. Sermon had a combined 18 touchdown during those two years. He had a tough year during his junior year where he suffered a season-ending injury. He rushed for 385 yards in his shortened season along with four touchdowns. In his senior year with Ohio State, he rushed for 870 yards and four touchdowns.
Sermon has all the potential to be a starting running back in the NFL. The Buckeye is a strong running back and he has the ability to break tackles. He is also great at finding running holes down the middle. Not only is he good as a running back, he can also catch the ball. The Eagles are in need of a back who can catch the ball out of the backfield. Sermon should be taken in the early to middle rounds of the draft.
University of North Carolina running back Michael Carter is also a running back that the Eagles should think about taking in the draft. He is a smaller running back with a lot of speed and he is elusive. Defenses can easily lose him during a play if they are not careful. The abilities that he brings are similar to what Boston Scott brought to the Eagles. Carter had over 500 yards in his first two years at North Carolina. Carter also scored a combined 10 touchdowns. He really matured during his junior and senior year where he had monster seasons. The UNC running back surpassed 1,000 yards during his two years as an upperclassman. He also combined for 12 touchdowns during those two years.
Carter could complement both running backs nicely and has the potential to be a great NFL running back. If the Eagles would like to grab Carter in the draft they would probably have to get him in the second and third round.
The Eagles have a lot of options with running backs if they choose to take one in the upcoming draft. It will be interesting to see what they decide to do to fill the hole in this position.
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