We take a break from NFL free agency news to look at some NFL Draft news. Michigan running back Karan Higdon and Old Dominion edge rusher Oshane Ximines are two of the 30 prospects from the 2019 NFL Draft who will be hosted by the Eagles for a visit in Philadelphia, according to Jordan Reid from Cover 1.
The 22-year-old Higdon measures in at 5-9, 206 pounds. In four years with the Wolverines, Higdon logged 471 rushing attempts for 2,616 rushing yards (5.6 average) and 27 touchdowns. Higdon only had 16 receptions for 177 yards and zero touchdowns as a receiver.
“What you see is what you get” running back with good vision and consistent physicality in his approach. Higdon is a one-cut runner who is a little undersized relative to his physical running style. He uses his vision and lane choices to avoid congested areas, but lacks the elusiveness to slip many open field tackles. He’s a willing blocking option on third downs, but hasn’t proven to be much of a threat out of the backfield and is likely to be pegged as an early-down backup with the toughness to handle spot starting duties if needed.
Higdon could be a committee back for the Eagles.
Higdon spider graph via Mockdraftable:
Ximines (zim-ah-nes) measures in at 6-3, 253 pounds. The redshirt senior finished his college career with 176 total tackles, 51 tackles for loss, 32.5 sacks, 12 pass deflections, 11 forced fumbles, and one interception. That’s some strong production.
Here’s a scouting report on Ximines from Zierlein:
Edge defender who needs to prove himself as run defender, but he could earn early reps as a nickel rush option. Ximines played as an even front end, but 3-4 teams could still have him on their radar depending on his athletic testing. His fully furnished repertoire of rush tactics could get him a look on Day 2 (Rounds 2-3) and give him a good chance to become an eventual starter in either a 4-3 or 3-4.
The Eagles could view Ximines as a role player worth developing in their defensive end rotation.
Ximines spider graph via Mockdraftable:
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Old Dominion DE Oshane Ximines
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