So far in the 2010 NFL Draft the Eagles have selected three defensive players: defensive end Brandon Graham, safety Nate Allen, and defensive end Daniel Te'o-Neishem. I liked the first two picks, but I found the third a bit puzzling. I felt that there were a few offensive players on the board that could help the Eagles. LeGarrette Blount was one of them.
Fortunately, Blount was not drafted. The Eagles will have the opportunity to draft him tomorrow in the fourth round of the draft. Blount could be a real steal in the fourth. If not for the incident against Boise State at the beginning of the college football season , Blount could probably have been a second-round pick. His 2008 stats speak for themselves. In '08, Blount rushed for 1,002 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Blount is a big running back at 6'2", 240. He may be just what the Eagles need: a tough runner who knows how to slam it in on the goal line. The Eagles rushing attack ranked 22nd last year in rushing yards. Mike Bell could help, but I think bringing in another young, talented running back to complement LeSean McCoy would be great. They could make a good backfield combination for the future.
Like I said earlier, Blount can get the ball in the end zone. His run against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl (shown above) proves that. Blount could really help the Eagles inside the 10-yard line.
Adding Blount makes the Eagles that much better. With Blount, Kevin Kolb would have a real running game around him. The Eagles backs would consist of LeSean McCoy, LeGarrette Blount, Mike Bell, and Leonard Weaver. They would have McCoy for screen passes and outside runs, Bell for running between the tackles, Leonard Weaver for just about everything, and Blount for redzone carries. If that isn't a running game, I don't know what is.
So what if this guy has a bit of an attitude? It isn't like the Birds would be spending a top pick on him? We're talking about a fourth-round pick here. That's not much of a risk.
So why not, Eagles? We know the Eagles don't have problems with bringing in guys with a reputation. We saw them bring in Michael Vick over the summer for crying out loud! Philadelphia seems like a good destination for Blount. The Eagles need to recognize this opportunity and bring him in. I would love to see this guy in midnight green this upcoming NFL season.