Bijan To Broad Street

Every 4 or 5 drafts comes a running back with such a complete package that 15 or more years ago would have been a top 5 pick. Now the NFL game has evolved into a league where running backs are often seen as a position teams can get for much cheaper. It makes for sense financially to draft at the very end of the first round or more likely deeper into the draft. If said back hits great, if not you only lose a second round pick or later. But when a running back like Bijan Robinson out of University of Texas Longhorns comes into the mix, he makes it very hard for teams to not take him early in the 1st round of the draft. Could Bijan make his way to Broad Street?

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Bijan is a Beast

Bijan announced himself to the football world during his senior year of high school at Salpointe Catholic High School in Arizona. As a senior, the 6 foot 220-pound Robinson rushed for 2,235(17.4 ypc) yards and 38 touchdowns on just 126 carries earning him the Arizona Gatorade Football Player of the Year. After playing in the 2020 All-American Bowl, Bijan, a 5-star recruit committed to play football at the University of Texas. Bijan continued to play great for the Longhorns rushing for 3,410 yards (6.3 ypc) on 539 carries and 33 TDs on the ground as well as an added 805 yards receiving on 60 catches with another 8 TDs.

With the draft quickly approaching on April 27, 2023, all fans are anxious to know, how long will Bijan stay on the board? He has been described as an amalgamation of a runner with the patience of peak Le’Veon Bell, the hands of Christian McCaffrey, and the natural running ability of Saquon Barkley. So how many teams can pass on a kid with so much potential and natural ability?

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Dreams & Bijan

As an Eagles fan I can only imagine the gaudy, jaw dropping numbers our offense could put up with Bijan as the feature back. Can you see him wearing midnight green taking an outside zone run 40 yards to the house with his dreadlocks trailing behind him? Our offense would be a juggernaut kin to the likes of the “Greatest Show on Turf” (1999-2001 Rams) or 2008 Patriots.

I get goose bumps just thinking of what we could do with Bijan joining the ranks of Jalen Hurts, A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, and Dallas Goedert, all operating behind our bruising offensive line. We could motion him out of the backfield to use those soft hands, direct snaps down by the goal line, inside zone runs, outside counters, screen passes, the possibilities are endless. With Bijan wearing #5 in Eagle’s midnight green our offense would without a doubt be the envy of the NFL.

It’s just a dream, for now, but will it be a dream that Howie Roseman will make come true? We do need other positions, and to be honest I think Bijan shouldn’t be our first pick at #10. However, I still have a hope in my heart for Bijan to call “The Linc” his home. Can anybody say for sure it won’t or can’t happen? After all, at this time last year who on earth thought we would end the draft with A.J. Brown? So yes, I am saying there is a chance of Bijan coming to Broad Street.

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