The Eagles waited until their second pick in the fourth round to address the running back position. They badly needed to add another rusher because heading into Day 3 of the draft their depth chart looked like this:
1 - Darren Sproles - 34-year-old scatback who will retire after 2017
2 - Wendell Smallwood - Oft-injured in 2016 and essentially called a role-player by Doug Pederson
3 - Terrell Watson - One NFL game played since entering the league in 2015
(Note: I excluded Ryan Mathews since he’s expected to be cut.)
Pumphrey certainly gives the Eagles more talent in the backfield. He was very, very productive in college despite his size at 5-8, 176 pounds.
Many have referred to Pumphrey as the next Sproles. That’s not really a perfect comparison, but it’s easy to see how the Eagles could use Pumphrey in a Sproles role moving forward.
While I don’t mind that the Eagles added Pumphrey, I’m not crazy about the fact that they still don’t have a true lead back. Pumphrey projects to be another rotational backfield option who can also contribute in the passing game. It’s nice to see the Eagles have a replacement for Sproles, but I’m still left wanting more.
My grade for this pick is a B- rating. How about you? Vote in the poll below.
Grade the Eagles' pick of Donnel Pumphrey at No. 132.
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