Philadelphia Eagles Looking Hard at Knowshon Moreno

Geoff CrawleySenior Analyst IApril 21, 2009

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 6: Running back Knowshon Moreno #24 of the Georgia Bulldogs rushes upfield against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Sanford Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

I gotta stop watching ESPN at the gym in the morning.

Once again, I nearly fell off my elliptical when ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reported that the Eagles are looking to draft Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno in the first round, even if they have to trade up to do it.

Needless to say, but I'm shocked.

Don't get me wrong. I think that the Eagles draft well, but, outside of Fraction Jackson last year, they never draft the guy I want.

Maybe says a lot about my drafting skills.

Knowshon Moreno is the real deal. He is a rare, every-down back that even blocks well. He doesn't have blazing speed (4.5 in the 40-yard dash), but his other qualities more than make up for it.

Don't take my word for it. Here's what Mel Kiper Sr., err, I mean, NFL Network's Mike Mayock has to say about him (insert your own thick Mid-Atlantic accent here):


"Here's what Moreno is to me: He has incredible lateral quickness and ability to make people miss in short areas. But he is also the toughest, most physical running back I've seen since Adrian Peterson. He finishes every run...I think he's going to be a really good back in this league for a long time."


How many times last year did the Eagles need a guy who "finishes every run"? How many games did the lack of a tough back cost them?

What if Moreno had been there to run in the Baltimore game instead of Kevin Kolb throwing record-setting interceptions to Ed Reed?

He fits the Eagles' system perfectly—he has great hands and he actually knows how to block. He is ready to step in and play right now, and the Eagles need an heir to Brian Westbrook.

That heir should be Knowshon Moreno.

I am on record saying that I don't believe Moreno is going be around at No. 21. Apparently the Eagles don't either, or they wouldn't be talking about trading up.

Paolantonio says that, if they cannot get Moreno, they will trade the pick...hopefully to Cleveland or Arizona.

But they never do what I want, right?