Draft Analysis

Draft Diagnosis: Late Round Running Backs

With five of the Eagles’ six picks coming in rounds four through seven, the majority of their draft selections will not be household names.  It is fairly safe to say that they will be selecting a running back at some point in this year’s draft so let’s take a look at some of the later round options.

Bo Scarbrough – Alabama

Scarbrough is a one-cut power back that wastes no time bursting through the line.  He was injury-riddled throughout his college career and was never quite the lead option that we are used to seeing from Tuscaloosa.  While having a decent top gear, Scarbrough lacks the acceleration to get there.  He also lacks patience and tends to run up on his blockers rather than see the play develop.

Pro Comparison: Benjarvis Green-Ellis     Diagnosis: Goal Line Running Back

Royce Freeman – Oregon

The most productive back in college since 2014, Freeman ran for 5,621 yards in his four years at Oregon.  He may have lost a step due to a knee injury in 2016 but was able to adjust his playing style in order to stay productive during his senior year.  Freeman is a proven pass catcher and has the ability to run inside and out but his overall usage is very worrisome for NFL scouts.  Expected to go somewhere in rounds three to four, Freeman could be a huge steal if he can stay healthy.

Pro Comparison: Taller Devonta Freeman     Diagnosis- Potential: Pro Bowl Caliber Running Back

Josh Adams – Notre Dame

Josh Adams grew up nearby in Warrington, PA and was recruited by many of the local colleges but decided to go to Notre Dame.  With a rare blend of size and speed, Adams can hit an open hole and break through for a giant gain.  He also keeps his pads square and tends to fall forward gaining extra yards.  Unfortunately, Adams has extremely tight hips and has almost no ability to run outside or be a factor in the passing game.

Pro Comparison: Jeremy Hill     Diagnosis: Productive Member of Running Back Committee


The Eagles could look to trade out of the 32nd pick as well to acquire draft selections on day two of the NFL Draft. A place where they have been able to acquire talent like Zach Ertz, LeSean McCoy, Sidney Jones and, Mychal Kendricks, and  Jordan Hicks in recent years. They may look to target a running back in the second or third round. 



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