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The 2013 NFL Draft is just over two weeks away and teams are setting up their draft boards to try and get the best talent possible in their eyes to improve their squads but that isn’t the only route.
The Eagles decided to hit up their pal Joe Banner in Cleveland and worked out a deal to send backup running back Dion Lewis to the Browns in exchange for LB Emmanuel Acho on Thursday.
The 6’2 238lbs Acho is only 22 years old and was drafted by the Browns last season in the 6th round of the Draft but due to a serious leg injury he missed his entire rookie season after being placed on injured reserve in 2012. In four seasons at Texas, he recorded 280 tackles eight sacks, seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions earning him All-Big 12 first-team honors in 2011. He is a guy the Eagles will look at to provide depth inside in their new 3-4 look and make his money by contributing on special teams.
After the trade, Philadelphia is down to Lesean McCoy, Bryce Brown, and Chris Polk on their running back depth chart and with that amount of depth on the roster it was probably slim that Lewis would of made the final 53 man roster. But he also has a uphill battle ahead for him in a crowded backfield in Cleveland where he will be competing with Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya for playing time behind starter Trent Richardson.