NFL Draft 2017: Philadelphia Eagles trade up, take Donnel Pumphrey of San Diego State in 4th round
The Philadelphia Eagles selected Donnel Pumphrey out of San Diego State in the fourth round of the NFL draft Saturday with the 132nd overall selection.
Philly traded their seventh-round pick (230th overall) to Minnesota to move up seven spots in the fourth and take Pumphrey, a small and electric back.
Pumphrey piled up a Mountain West Conference record 6,405 rushing yards during his career with the Aztecs. His shiftiness and size has led to comparisons to Eagles running back Darren Sproles, who has said he’ll contemplate retiring after the 2017 seasons.
Here are segments of the NFL.com scouting report on the 5-foot-8 Pumphrey.
Strengths: Produced at high levels. Patient but decisive when he sees it. Accesses instant turbo burst. Rarely loses races to and around the edge. Plus vision creates ability to navigate shifting run creases like a seasoned veteran. Slaloms through traffic from side to side with seamless, tight jump cuts. Keeps tight track through the gaps, maintaining distance from defensive linemen. Able to string moves together. Razor-sharp cutbacks at challenging angles are his thing.
Weaknesses: Undersized. Lacks the leg thickness and overall physical strength desired out of an NFL running back. Spirit is willing but flesh is weak. Arm tackles are able to end his journey. Willing to accelerate into defender, but doesn’t have the pop to break tackles or fall forward after contact. Quicker than fast. Will get caught from behind. Body catcher with average hands that lead to double catches. Too small to protect against NFL blitzers as third-down back.
The Eagles have two picks remaining in the draft:
Round 1 (14th overall): Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Round 2 (43rd overall): Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
Round 3 (99th overall): Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia
Round 4 (118th overall): Mack Hollins, WR, North Carolina
Round 4 (132nd overall): Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State
Round 5: 155th overall
Round 6: 194th overall
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