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Finding the Eagles a Tarik Cohen

Louie DiBiase

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The Eagles finally added a proven running back to the mix by trading for Bears RB Jordan Howard last night. With over 3,000 yards in just three seasons, Howard was a much needed boost in talent over Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams.

Howard is a thumper. He can be the new version of Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount. A solid option on first and second down. But that is likely all he will be in the Eagles offense. The former Bear is not what you would call a “do-it-all” player in the backfield.

Hypothetically, Darren Sproles retires. The Eagles choose to compliment Howard with a receiving-oriented RB instead of investing in a Josh Jacobs type, much like the Bears did with Tarik Cohen. Who are some options in the draft that can be the Eagles version of Cohen?

 

Washington State RB James Williams 

“Boobie” Williams could be the ideal candidate next to Howard and Clement if Sproles retires. Williams never had more than 600 rushing yards but was featured similar to how Chicago features Cohen.

In three years with Washington State, Williams had 202 receptions for 1,437 yards and 8 touchdowns including a 2018 season of 83 for 613 and four scores.

The natural hand skills pop on tape. Would be a great grab in the mid-rounds.

 

Utah State RB Darwin Thompson

In just one season at Utah State, Thompson made his mark. The underdog of the 2019 RB class was underutilized as a receiver but the ability is there. Especially in the screen game where he was impossible to take down.

At 5’8 200 pounds, Thompson will surprise you with his power and ability to break tackles. According to Pro Football Focus, Thompson broke 48 tackles (7th most) and had 765 yards after contact (8th most).

He could be a great third-down RB converting 34% of his touches into first downs (4th most among draft-eligible running backs).

 

Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill

Hill could be the lightning to Howard’s thunder. The Oklahoma State product has the speed to break open a play at any moment. In an offense that uses outside-zone like Pederson’s, Hill would be a great fit with the speed to quickly get outside and make defenses pay.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Hill stuck out with the fastest 40-time for an RB running a 4.40. He also had a 40 inch vertical. The athleticism is off the charts.

 

Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson 

If it wasn’t for an injury-plagued career with the Sooners, Anderson might be a top RB in this draft. With the injuries however, the Eagles could get him at a much cheaper price.

In his breakout 2017 season, Anderson had just 17 receptions but five of them went for touchdowns.

Anderson could be a steal in the fourth or fifth round and he wouldn’t have to shoulder a heavy workload in Philadelphia next to Jordan Howard.

His ability as a runner on the inside and outside, on top of fluid receiving ability makes Anderson an interesting name to watch.

 

Who do you think could be the Tarik Cohen of Philadelphia? Drop us some comments below or on Twitter @LockedOnBirds and @DiBiaseLOE!

Louie, an Eagles, and NFL enthusiast all his life has finally found his home to share his thousands of takes on the Philadelphia Eagles with Locked on Eagles. Louie also works in Buffalo sports radio as a producer for WGR Sports Radio 550 the official home of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, in addition to working as the Sports Director for 91.3 FM WBNY Buffalo. He may be far from the nest, but Louie bleeds green just like the rest of Eagles Nation. Fly Eagles Fly.

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