Philadelphia Eagles: 3 mid-round running back options in the NFL Draft

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The Philadelphia Eagles focused heavily on defense in free agency. The 2020 NFL Draft’s mid-rounds could be where they find a running back to pair with Miles Sanders.

The Philadelphia Eagles had a bad year last season at certain positions. Running back was not one of them.

In the backfield, the Eagles were able to combine thunder with lightning. Jordan Howard provided the punch with his bruising running style.

Howard came to the team via a trade from the Chicago Bears. He played in 10 games. In those games, he had 119 rushing attempts for 525 yards with six touchdowns.

The 6-foot-tall, 224 pound running back was a bruiser between the tackles and a sure goal line scorer.

Miles Sanders provided a change of pace as a shifty rusher with breakaway speed. The Rookie of the Year title was almost his after breaking several Eagles rookie running back records.

His ability to catch out of the backfield was a reliable tool the team used consistently. Sanders had 179 rushing attempts for 818 yards and three touchdowns.

Receiving wise, he had 50 receptions for 509 yards and three touchdowns. Sanders will be back but Howard will not.

To replace Howard the Eagles need to add a big back through the draft. Typically, a good running back can be found in the mid-rounds of the draft, where the team has one third-round pick and three fourth-round picks.

There are three running backs that the Eagles should strongly consider adding with one of those four picks.