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Should The Eagles Look Running Back in The Draft?

The Eagles had a shockingly good rushing attack last season, with the dual threat combo of LeSean McCoy and Jerome Harrison playing second string. The two rushers formed a great tandem that created huge mismatches the entire season. McCoy had excellent break-away speed and cutback ability, as to Harrison who was just a bruiser that has good speed. However, once the Eagles get past the two rushers, they have Eldra Buckley.

Andy Reid made the decision to tender Buckley, ensuring that he will be back in 2011. This would lead most to believe that the Eagles have no reason to draft a running back, as they would be playing fourth string behind the other three rushers. Although there have been questions, despite the tender, that Buckley will no longer be an Eagle, and that he is not a valuable asset to the team. It seems like a poor choice to tender a back that only takes 20 rushes a season.

Either way, the Eagles could look towards the draft to find another rusher that could be an upgrade over Buckley. All things considered, this is a rather strong running back class, and the Eagles could find a good talent in the later rounds. A guaranteed upgrade over Buckley would be Roy Helu Jr. out of Nebraska, who could be a big-play back off of the bench for the Eagles off of the bench.

Helu is the type of player that every time he touches the ball, it could be a touchdown. Not only can he provide amazing kick return help, which the Eagles are in desperate need of, but he could be a help as a late-game rusher. Right when the defense is fatigued towards the end of the third or beginning of the fourth, Helu could enter into the game and explode for 50 yards a rush or even a touchdown.

Reid has never been a rush first coach, and never will be, but drafting Helu could be a huge help on offense. As a projected fourth round draft pick, Helu could be a huge steal as a serious special teams, and offensive weapon. I am impartial on Buckley, as he really does nothing for the offense but come in late in games when the Eagles have already closed out the game, but Helu could be a utility player in Philadelphia.

Is Roy Helu Jr. an option in Philadelphia?


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