Philadelphia has stockpiled quite a few picks in the later rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft, and currently have two picks in the fifth round. With Philadelphia’s first pick in the fifth round (No. 149 Overall), the Eagles have selected Dion Lewis, running back, from Pittsburgh. There were talks going into the NFL Draft that the Eagles were looking to upgrade their rushing attack by getting LeSean McCoy some more support.
This is an excellent pick, as McCoy and Lewis have some common ground as they are both Pittsburgh alum, and both have a different styles of play. Lewis is almost undersized at 5’6″, but makes up for any lack of size with brute force. One Lewis get’s a hole, he explodes through it with quick feet and over powering speed. Now when McCoy is on the sideline, the Eagles don’t lose a step with a rusher in Lewis, that has the exact same explosive potential.
I really like this pick for Philadelphia, as it provides some more depth for the Eagles at the running back postion, and also gives Philadelphia another threat on offense. The Eagles could even experiment next season with some dual-running back sets, something similar to what Green Bay runs. This pick should open up the Eagles already booming playbook with Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson as threats.
It’s too early to call if Lewis was a steal in the fifth round, but if his college play is anything to what his NFL play will be, it’s a steal. Philadelphia will have to release or trade some of the lower running backs on the roster with the addition of Lewis.
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