Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Eagles Tag Psu's Sanders in Round 2 Ex-Tj Star Winovich Picked by Patriots

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Eagles Tag Psu's Sanders in Round 2 Ex-Tj Star Winovich Picked by Patriots

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Miles Sanders was rated one of the nation's top running backs when he left Woodland Hills High School in 2016.

After three years at Penn State, he seems to be as highly regarded as ever.

Among players at his position, anyway.

The Philadelphia Eagles claimed Sanders with the No. 53 choice Friday night in the NFL draft, making him the second running back drafted in 2019.

Only Alabama's Josh Jacobs, taken by Oakland with the 24th choice in Round 1, went higher.

Sanders was the first Penn State player and WPIAL product to be drafted Friday, but not the only one on either count.

New England took Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich, a Thomas Jefferson graduate, with the 77th choice. Winovich, who is 6 feet 3, 252 pounds, had 31 solo tackles and was in on 38 others in 13 games last season. He also recorded 17 tackles for a loss, five of which were sacks.

Dallas subsequently claimed Penn State offensive lineman Connor McGovern, who has played center and guard, with the 90th pick.

The choice Philadelphia spent on Sanders is the highest it has invested in a running back since taking Pitt's LeSean McCoy, also with the 53rd pick overall, in 2009.

"We think he's a special player and a perfect fit for our offense," Howie Roseman, the Eagles executive vice president of football operations, said at a news conference.

Roseman said Sanders "reminds us of some other players we've had around here," referring to McCoy and former Eagles standout Brian Westbrook.

Sanders, on a conference call, mentioned McCoy and said, ""I'm looking forward to doing even better."

Although Sanders might have been at least slightly disappointed that he lasted so long - some draft analysts projected him as a possible first-rounder - he had insisted at Penn State's pro day in March that he wasn't concerned with when he would be selected. …

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