NFL Draft 2017: Philadelphia pick Donnel Pumphrey’s Eagles comparison, measurables, NFL combine numbers, college stats
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles have gone offense with their first two picks of Day 3 of the NFL draft after spending three picks on defense. And in the fourth round with the No. 132 overall pick, the Eagles drafted a record-breaker.
Pumphrey finished his four years with the Aztecs ranked first all-time in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history with 6,405 yards. He was also fifth in all-purpose yards with 7,515, tied for eighth overall with 67 touchdowns and ninth with 62 rushing touchdowns. He was the only player in FBS history with at least 5,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards. Pumphrey broke most of former Aztec great Marshall Faulk’s school records.
It’s a hefty resume to bring to Philadelphia.
THE PHILLY CONNECTION
Pumphrey checks in at 5-foot-8, can catch passes out of the backfield and could contribute in the return game. Sound familiar? Comparisons to Eagles running back Darren Sproles, who is expected to retire at the end of this season, are already flying around the Web.
The #Eagles trade up to take SDSU’s Donnel Pumphrey, a small but electric running back. Let the Darren Sproles comparisons begin.
— Aaron Kasinitz (@AaronKazreports) April 29, 2017
Donnel Pumphrey is awesome. Pumped that he’s headed to Philly. Potential heir to Darren Sproles.
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) April 29, 2017
Donnel Pumphrey will seem to take the role of Darren Sproles once he retires. Donnel is very quick and shifty, similar to Sproles.
— BirdGang (@keckbirdgang) April 29, 2017
Donnel Pumphrey will be the new darren sproles
— Cody James Roth (@CodyJamesRoth) April 29, 2017
Donnel Pumphrey is excited to be able to play for the Eagles. Said he looked up to Darren Sproles and can’t wait to work with him.
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) April 29, 2017
Hm, perhaps Donnel Pumphrey will be the Eagles’ next Darren Sproles, if my entire Twitter feed is on to something
— Adam Zielonka (@Adam_Zielonka) April 29, 2017
- Height: 5-foot-8
- Weight: 176 pounds
- Arm length: 29 inches
- Hands: 8 1/2 inches
NFL COMBINE NUMBERS
- 40-yard dash: 4.48 seconds
- Bench press: 5 reps
- Vertical jump: 33.5 inches
- Broad jump: 117 inches
- Carries: 349
- Yards: 2,133
- Touchdowns: 17
- Catches: 27
- Yards: 231
- 2016 Heisman Trophy Top-10 Finish (tied for 10th)
- 2016 Doak Walker Award Finalist (top running back)
- 2016 Maxwell Award Semifinalist (college player of the year)
- 2016 Walter Camp Player of the Year Semifinalist (college player of the year)
- 2016 First-Team All-American (Walter Camp, Sports Illustrated)
- 2016 Second-Team All-American (Associated Press, AFCA USA Today and The Sporting News)
- Two-time Hon. Mention Sports Illustrated All-American (2014-15)
- Two-time Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year (2015-16)
- Three-time First-Team All-Mountain West (2014-16)
- Six-time MW Offensive Player of the Week