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2023 NFL Draft: Texas RB Bijan Robinson lands with the Atlanta Falcons at No. 8 overall

Kansas City, MO, USA; Texas running back Bijan Robinson walks on the NFL Draft Red Carpet before the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft at Union Station. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Teams wouldn’t usually receive an “average” grade for taking a running back in the top 10, but it’s hard to dislike this pick too much, given how good Bijan Robinson was in 2022.

An impressive athlete at 220 pounds, the Texas product set a PFF college record with 104 missed tackles forced in 2022, producing a 95.3 PFF grade in the process. He joins an Atlanta Falcons offense that will make great use of his talents.

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Strengths, weaknesses and NFL role

Where he wins: Completeness

Robinson has answers for everything. He can run with power, speed or elusiveness. He set the PFF single-season broken tackle record this past fall with 104.

What's his role? Feature back

Robinson is more than just a bell cow. He's a back you make the focal point of your offense. Whether that's 15-plus carries a game or scheming up targets as a receiver, you want the ball consistently in his hands.

What he can improve: Fumbles

This is about the only thing that really moves the needle negatively with Robinson. His six fumbles on 539 carries could stand to get cleaned up.

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