James Franklin and Miles Sanders

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Franklin: Sanders can help Eagles right away

James Franklin on the 94WIP Morning Show

Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team
May 07, 2019 - 8:48 am

The Philadelphia Eagles selected two Penn State players in the 2019 NFL Draft, Miles Sanders in round two and Philadelphia native Shareef Miller in round four. Former Nittany Lions Ryan Bates and DeAndre Thompkins were also signed as undrafted free-agents by the Eagles. 

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Penn State head coach James Franklin, who grew up as a Philadelphia sports fan in Langhorne himself, joined Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Tuesday. 

"For me growing up 20 minutes from where the Philadelphia Eagles play and practice, it's pretty cool," Franklin said of the Penn Staters wearing midnight green. "It's going to be cool for our fans to go support Penn State on Saturday and then go support the Eagles on Sunday."

The most notable Nittany Lion turning Eagle is running back Miles Sanders, who only was able to see significant playing time for one season at Penn State, playing behind all-world talent Saquon Barkley. Franklin believes he'll be able to help the Eagles in year one. 

"I make the argument in some ways (playing behind Saquon Barkley) is going to help Miles because he's got a lot less wear and tear on his body," Franklin said. "He's going to come in with the drive and the hunger.

"Miles Sanders is well-rounded. He's got the body type. His testing numbers were through the roof. He showed flashes of brilliance on film. Made some big time runs in big time games. He's an intelligent, got a great family, no baggage whatsoever."

Franklin says Miller, a defensive end from Frankford High School, has "figured it out" and really matured on and off of the field to become well-rounded player. 

You can listen to the full interview below.