A former Arizona high school running back is one of the most intriguing candidates in the 2023 NFL selection, which begins on April 27.
Where would former Tucson Salpointe Catholic star Bijan Robinson go in the NFL draft?
One NFL mock draft pegged Robinson, a star for the Texas Longhorns, in the Top 10.
Last season, the running back averaged 6.1 yards per carry for 1,580 yards on 258 carries. 18 touchdown runs. Bijan Robinson's 2023 NFL draft projections & NFL writers' thoughts on the running back:
Nate Davis: "Robinson, a three-down back with velvety soft hands & a 4.46 40 at the combine, would have been a top-five pick 20 years ago but may still be the first top-10 RB since Saquon Barkley in 2018.
Eagles EVP/GM Howie Roseman usually drafts linemen first, so picking Robinson here seems unusual.
But can RBs Kenny Gainwell, Boston Scott, and (oft-injured) Rashaad Penny replace Miles Sanders?"
Daniel Jeremiah: "Patriots think differently. Robinson might be a good addition instead of a non-premium position player. He with Rhamondre Stevenson would give New England a top NFL backfield."
Writes: "The best player in this draft class may not go until No. 18, but few clubs need running backs, and those that do will target quarterbacks.
The Lions signed David Montgomery, but they would still draft a top runner. Robinson, like Saquon Barkley, will be drafted early. His abilities are top-notch.
Robinson is a top-10 prospect, according to Charlie Campbell's sources."
Danny Kelly: "If Seattle makes this decision, analytical Seahawks supporters will go crazy, but head coach Pete Carroll and GM Jon Schneider have long defied tradition.
Schneider said at the combine that the team's success in last year's draft came from ignoring necessity and taking their best players.
Robinson is a star who can boost Seattle's offensive. He and Kenneth Walker III, last year's breakout player, would be a formidable duo."
Prisco: "They need a strong runner to replace Zeke Elliott. Tony Pollard's one-year contract and injured leg raise concerns.
They can take back after trading for Brandin Cooks and Stephon Gilmore."