PICTURE [Ezekiel Elliot] making a career out of running over Cowboys, leaving countless Redskins grasping for air, and making giant after giant realize that the only thing about him they can remember is the way his last name looks on his jersey. Can you see that? Fellow fans, that may be mere weeks away from happening.
Elliot being targeted by the Eagles would make complete sense of their recent moves at the Running Back position. Trading RB DeMarco Murray away to the Titans, and not replacing him with a top Free Agent was a bit of a head-scratcher. Considering the track record for RB Ryan Mathews, there is no way the Eagles could be serious about making a run at the playoffs with Mathews as the bell-cow. Compounding that, is the fact that behind Mathews we don’t have a player who could step in and start 3 to 5 games reliably.
Trading up from 13th to 8th could be an interesting move, if the Birds do in fact draft Elliot. Taking Elliot 8th overall would be a statement by this team, and there are no two ways about it. The Eagles have a handful of promising Wide Receivers, but we lack a true deep threat that we can use to warp coverages. We could get that player if we were willing to reach and take a guy like WR [Will Fuller] early. However, if we left that kind of speed on the board and grabbed Elliot instead, it would be sending a distinct message about who the Eagles Offense wants to be under new Head Coach Doug Pederson. Probably a little something like this:
So far aside from a mock Draft or two there is no solid indicator that the Eagles favor Elliot over another position. On the other hand, this time last week we had a 1-2 punch at RB, that has now been cut in half with no move to shore it up whatsoever. Not even for depth purposes. They have subtly declared that we aren’t even going to fuck with a FA RB. From a pure common sense standpoint, it looks like the Eagles have settled on the idea of drafting a RB and going with that guy and Mathews.
While it’s far from a sure thing, I have to say, all signs right now point to Elliot wearing silver and green. And I for one wouldn’t mind that at all.