Posted nine:ten p.m. ET April 26, 2019 | Up-to-date 10:49 p.m. ET April 26, 2019
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles loaded up on offense in a draft loaded with defensive talent.
Hoping to bolster a device that was 18th in scoring last season, the Eagles picked Penn State functioning back Miles Sanders with the No. fifty three overall select and Stanford broad receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside at No. fifty seven in the 2nd round of the NFL draft on Friday night.
“We have an affinity for scoring factors,” personnel boss Howie Roseman reported.
Sanders had 1,274 yards hurrying, an ordinary of 5.eight yards per have and nine touchdowns as a junior final calendar year soon after replacing Saquon Barkley. He allows swap Jay Ajayi, who was not re-signed just after tearing an ACL last time.
The Eagles hadn’t chosen a running again this substantial because selecting LeSean McCoy also with the 53rd decide on in 2009. McCoy became the franchise’s all-time primary rusher before Chip Kelly traded him to Buffalo in 2015.
“Miles was a coaching team favored, a scouting favorite, a front business office favourite,” Roseman said. “We imagine he’s a distinctive talent and a best match for our offense.”
The 5-foot-10, 211-pound Sanders ran the forty-yard sprint in 4.49 seconds at the combine and is thought of a a few-down back again.
“He has great balance, lateral quickness and fast-strike ability,” explained Joe Douglas, vice president of player staff.
Sanders experienced issues with ball security, fumbling 5 moments, and demands advancement as a move protector.
“These are matters we talked about it and resolved it with him and we have just one of the ideal jogging backs coaches in the NFL in Duce (Staley),” Douglas reported.
Ajayi was obtained midway by the 2017 period and teamed with LeGarrette Blount in a formidable backfield throughout Philadelphia’s operate to a Super Bowl title. Both are absent now. Sanders joins Corey Clement and Jordan Howard, who was obtained in a trade with Chicago. Wendell Smallwood and Boston Scott are also on the roster.
Arcega-Whiteside experienced 63 catches for one,059 yards and fourteen TDs as a senior. His dimension — six-foot-two, 225 lbs . — gives him an edge within the crimson zone.
“He creates separation and he showed his athleticism at his pro day,” Roseman mentioned.
Equally of Arcega-Whiteside’s dad and mom have been expert basketball gamers in Europe. Various draft projections experienced him heading in the third spherical and the Eagles passed up Ohio State’s Parris Campbell (No. 59 to Colts) and D.K. Metcalf (No. 64 to Seattle).
“West Coast men who perform late get a little underrated since folks aren’t looking at individuals West Coast game titles,” Roseman mentioned. “But this person is a baller. When our supporters get to know him, they are going to really like him. He symbolizes Eagles soccer.”
Arcega-Whiteside gives Carson Wentz one more concentrate on to go with receivers Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor and limited ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.
“Obtaining this amount of depth and expertise is one thing we’re going to need to have to get us by ideally a 19-7 days period,” Roseman claimed.
The Eagles traded up three spots to pick Washington State left deal with Andre Dillard with the twenty second select in the initial spherical, sending Baltimore the twenty fifth pick, a fourth-rounder (No. 127) and a sixth (No. 197) to move up. Dillard isn’t really expected to add suitable absent, barring accidents. He’ll master at the rear of 9-time Professional Bowl still left tackle Jason Peters, who is 37 several years previous.
Philadelphia has only two picks remaining, No. 138 in the fourth spherical and No. 163 in the fifth.
Roseman mentioned the staff will be aggressive pursuing undrafted rookies.
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