What?! A running back in the third round?! Isn’t there other positions that are more important to fill than running back in the third round?! Maybe, but it’s all about value and in drafting Miles Sanders in the third round would be a tremendous value for the Houston Texans.
Sure, the Texans already have two pretty good running backs on the roster in Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman. But, Foreman is still working on getting back to playing speed after rupturing his Achilles in 2017. And, honestly, I would be quite surprised if Miller begins the year in a Texans uniform. The team can save over $6 million by letting him go and they could much more bang for their buck by teaming up Sanders to go with Foreman in the backfield.
Sanders has been a largely unheralded draft prospect until fairly recently. He had been overshadowed by the freak Saquon Barkley for a few years before finally getting his shot to show what he’s got this past season. And, let me tell ya, he did not disappoint.
Sanders played sparingly behind Barkley though, he was able to make an impact on special teams when they shared the same uniform. After Barkley went pro after last year, Sanders filly got to show what made him a top recruit out of high school. He ran for nearly 1,300 yards at a 5.8 yards per carry.
Sanders is the complete package. He is a decisive runner with good footwork and vision. He also has very low mileage with only 276 collegiate carries to his name. Sanders could also be an every-down back for the Houston Texans because of his decent (and improving hands) and big body that can take on blocks. This value in round three is tremendous.