Bijan Robinson NFL Draft Odds; Eagles Favored to Draft Texas Running Back

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27. Buffalo Bills — Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

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  • The Philadelphia Eagles are the +275 favorites to select Bijan Robinson in the 2023 NFL Draft
  • Texas Longhorns RB Robinson is expected to be the first player at his position to come off the board
  • The Buffalo Bills (+450), Dallas Cowboys (+600) and Atlanta Falcons (+750) are all given odds shorter than +1000 to claim the Texas RB

Those who follow the NFL Draft the closest are pretty much in lockstep when it comes to Texas Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson. Draft pundits are certain that he’ll be the first RB off the board.

Which team is going to be the one claiming Robinson? Well, that’s where the paths of these experts diverge. There are five teams with NFL Draft odds at +1000 or shorter in the betting market for Robinson’s services. Just as many different teams show up next to Robinson’s name in the many mock drafts out there to peruse.

The NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles are the +275 favorites to claim Robinson with one of their two first-round picks. At +450, the AFC East champion Buffalo Bills are next in this betting line.

Odds to Draft Bijan Robinson

Team Odds
Philadelphia Eagles +275
Buffalo Bills +450
Dallas Cowboys +600
Atlanta Falcons +750
Detroit Lions +1000
Baltimore Ravens +1400
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1600
Kansas City Chiefs +1800
Minnesota Vikings +2000
Carolina Panthers +2000
Cincinnati Bengals +2000
Chicago Bears +2000
New England Patriots +2500
Houston Texans +2800
Miami Dolphins +3000
New Orleans Saints +3000
Las Vegas Raiders +3500
Washington Commanders +3500
Los Angeles Chargers +4000
Los Angeles Rams +4000
New York Jets +5000
Arizona Cardinals +5000
Jacksonville Jaguars +5000
New York Giants +5000
Denver Broncos +7500
Pittsburgh Steelers +7500
San Francisco 49ers +7500
Seattle Seahawks +7500
Tennessee Titans +7500
Indianapolis Colts +10000
Cleveland Browns +10000
Green Bay Packers +10000

Others considered to be in contention are the Dallas Cowboys (+600), Atlanta Falcons (+750) and Detroit Lions (+1000) in the NFL Draft odds. Robinson is anticipated to be selected in the 24-30 range of the first round. The first round of the 2023 NFL Draft is slated for Thursday, April 28 at 8 pm ET and is being broadcast on the NFL Network. Odds from March 1 at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Robinson a Dual Threat

It’s easy to see why NFL teams would cover the services of Robinson. He’s the prototype of the modern NFL RB. Robinson has been compared to New York Giants star Saquon Barkley.

Naturally, Robinson can run the ball. He rushed for 1,580 yards and 18 touchdowns. His rushing yardage total was sixth in the nation.

The Longhorns’ back can also catch the football out of the backfield, such a vital element for a back in today’s game. Robinson caught 19 passes for 314 yards and two TDs. That works out to an average of 16.5 yards per catch.

Eagles Could Be Moving On From Sanders

On the surface, it might not make sense for the Eagles to be seeking a RB with their first pick of the NFL Draft. After all, they just went to the Super Bowl.

Miles Sanders paced the Philadelphia rushing attack last season with 1,259 yards and 11 TDs. Both totals put him in the top 10 of the NFL. He was selected to the Pro Bowl.

However, his rookie contract is up and Sanders is heading to free agency. Sanders also caught 50 passes for 509 yards. Over the past three seasons, though, his yards per target as a receiver of 3.8 are last among 73 NFL RBs with a minimum of 50 targets.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Robinson would be an ideal fit into Philly’s potent offensive talent pool. Historically, though, Eagles GM Howie Roseman isn’t one to pick an RB in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Bills Make Most Sense As Robinson Suitors

There is speculation that the Cowboys might opt to move on from both Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott. That certainly would put Dallas in the Robinson conversation. Likewise, there’s talk that the Cincinnati Bengals are considering cutting Joe Mixon. At +2000 do they offer value?

Another team to consider could be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1600). They just cut Leonard Fournette.

However, the team that makes the most sense as an ideal fit for Robinson is the Bills. A threat at RB is the one element absent from Buffalo’s explosive offense. Give QB Josh Allen a back he can count on and it might be the X-factor that’s keeping the Bills from getting over the hump and to the Super Bowl.

NFL teams love the RB-by-committee approach. Pairing Robinson with 2022 second-round pick James Cook would give Buffalo the kind of depth at the position the team’s been lacking for years.

Pick: Buffalo Bills (+450)

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