The NFL Pro Day circuit is in full force with some of the biggest programs across the nation hosting events. This is the last chance for 2023 NFL Draft prospects to make their case to be drafted before April’s three-day mega event. Though some pro day results don’t make a big difference, sometimes it’s telling when teams attend certain workouts and who they use their interview slots on.
We’re covering the latest NFL draft news and rumors, including all pro day news that’s related to Tuesday’s action. Be sure to bookmark our NFL Pro Day schedule and check back daily for the most important takeaways.
Eagles Showing Interest in Bijan Robinson
The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the most interesting teams in the 2023 NFL Draft. They have two first-round picks but are looking to replace several contributors from the defense that led them to Super Bowl 57. Philadelphia could bolster the offense with another star, but the team has done well to avoid certain temptations.
Losing running back Miles Sanders in free agency shouldn’t be a huge deal, even though he was coming off a career season. The Eagles’ offense is designed to rely on quarterback Jalen Hurts creating big rushing lanes for his backs. We could see the Eagles enter the season with a rotation of Rashaad Penny, Kenneth Gainwell, and Boston Scott.
However, the Eagles did have a pre-draft visit with Texas star running back Bijan Robinson earlier this week. Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has never used a first-round pick on the position, but Robinson is so immensely talented that it has to be tempting to give Hurts an elite back for the next five years. The core of the offense would be locked in.
Roseman hasn’t been a fan of endorsing the position publicly, either. In 2019, he said, “The three running backs who played in the Super Bowl were guys acquired after the 2017 draft.” Yet, he then drafted Sanders in the second round at No. 53 overall.
Nevertheless, I think it makes sense for Philadelphia to take Robinson in the first round because they’re so uniquely loaded to handle that investment. The big key is to not extend Robinson beyond one franchise tag in future years.
Cam Newton Throwing at Auburn Pro Day to Caylin Newton
Could we see a return of Cam Newton to the NFL? The former NFL MVP announced he “can’t wait to show” he can still be on an NFL roster as one of the 32 best quarterbacks on Monday. He’ll throw at the Auburn Pro Day to throw to his brother, William & Mary wide receiver Caylin Newton.
Cam Newton is still a rosterable talent, but it depends on whether he feels he has to start. The New England Patriots released Newton because they felt he’d “be a distraction” as a high-profile talent who has tremendous natural leadership traits in his personality. It’s hard to disagree, considering Newton was good enough to be a high-end backup or spot starter, even with abysmal statistics that were the product of a tough situation.
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The Newton brothers are looking to be on active rosters in 2023. Caylin Newton is a late-round prospect who was a special-teams specialist and a decently productive pass catcher. A strong showing could put him in the mix as a Day 3 prospect.