We are now only one week away from the start of the NFL draft!
With no dire “need” (maybe linebacker) the Eagles can truly go in a number of directions with pick # 25.
Howie Roseman has already gone on record about how he feels about this defensive line class…..
So, if the Eagles do decide to take a defensive lineman in round 1, here are some candidates.
Montez Sweat– Defensive end, Mississippi Sate
Sweat is a beast. He had 22.5 sacks over the past two season at Mississippi State. After opening eyes on tape and at the Senior Bowl, Sweat was soaring up draft boards. Unfortunately medical exams at the combine revealed a pre-existing heart condition.
Sweat is one of my favorite players in this draft class. He will most likely still be off the board by pick 25 (could go as high as inside the top 10), but if he falls and pending his medicals, I would expect the Eagles to pounce. He was built for their system. If you can pair Sweat with Derek Barnett the Eagles would have one of the best young pass rushing duos in all of football.
Clelin Ferrell– Defensive end, Clemson
Ferrell is a dynamic pass rusher who fits the bill for what the Eagles look for. He had 27 sacks over the last three seasons for the nations best team. Ferrell might be wishful thinking because he is going as high as 14 to the Falcons in some mock drafts. But like with Sweat, if he falls to 25 he could be the Eagles pick.
When Howie Roseman called this a “historic” defensive line group, he may have been talking about the Clemson d-line specifically.
The Eagles tend to like dynamic defensive lineman and Christian Wilkins is certainly that. He is 6’3, 315 lbs and a great athlete. He can rush the passer as well as stuff the run. This guy had 50 tackles last season, and 60 in 2017. That’s absurd for a d-tackle.
Lawrence may not be as “dynamic” as Wilkins, but he has the potential to be a dominant force in the NFL. He is a mountain at 6’4, 342, but is also an athlete.
Pairing him with Fletcher Cox on the interior would be a dream for the Eagles and a nightmare for everyone else.
Jason Peters is 37. Brandon Brooks is recovering from a torn Achilles. Jason Kelce was contemplating retirement. How much do the Eagles trust Big V and Jordan Mailata going forward?
It may be time to draft an offensive lineman.
One thing that Howie Roseman said really stood out to me and applies to offensive lineman that they could pull the trigger on….
Here are guys who fit that bill…
If he falls (most likely will not) the Eagles will be interested. He can start right away at guard and play tackle if need be. Plus, Jeff Stoutland would love an Alabama guy.
Again, IF he falls Ford would be intriguing. The last time the Eagles took an o-lineman from Oklahoma it worked out pretty well. He is versatile enough to play guard or tackle.
Lindstrom is regarded as the second best guard in this draft, but he also has starting experience at tackle, and people that are smarter than me believe he can also play center. He “should” be on the board at 25 and would be a nice addition to the o-line.
DeSean is 32 years old, Alshon is 29 and has injury history, and Agholor will be a free agent after this year and could potentially still be traded.
The Eagles have to continue to put long term, cheap weapons around Carson Wentz. With no true need, now may be the perfect time.
Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is an electrifying wide receiver out of the DeSean Jackson mold. He averaged 18.3 YPC and caught 17 TDs in his two seasons at OU. He’s a big-time home run hitter who could grow with Carson Wentz and Dallas Goedert for years to come.
Brown to the Eagles has gained steam recently. Daniel Jeremiah has the Eagles selecting him in his latest mock ..
Campbell is a versatile speedster (4.31 40) who can play the slot and on the outside. If the Eagles wanted to trade Agholor during the draft, Campbell could potentially fit right in for 2019… and beyond.
I know a lot of people don’t think the Eagles will draft a corner in round one. They haven’t drafted a corner in round 1 since Lito Sheppard in 2002! But if a talent were to fall into their laps, they might have to pull the trigger.
Ronald Darby re-signed for only one year. Sidney Jones is a question mark. Jalen Mills was arrested last week and looked horrible last season. Cre’von Leblanc looked good but is he really good? Rasul Douglas looked ok, but not great. And in a perfect world Avonte Maddox would be your slot guy.
Here are two guys they may have to consider at 25…
My gut feeling is that the Eagles take a versatile defensive or offensive lineman with the 25th pick. I think the depth at both positions added with teams overvaluing QBs will lead to a talented player falling right into their laps.
My pick: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson or Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College
With a week still to go I’m going to cop out and pick two guys here… for now.
I don’t think Wilkins will make it to 25. Dexter Lawrence may be a more realistic option, which would be fine with me, but it is possible Wilkins could slip come draft night. If he does I feel that he will be the pick. It’s also possible they could trade up to grab him if they like him enough. I personally love him. Adding a player of his caliber to this d-line would be complete chaos for opposing offensive lines.
Some scouts compare Chris Lindstrom to Bears guard Cody Whitehair. It just so happens that Whitehair was the Bears second round pick in the 2016 draft when Joe Douglas was the director of college scouting in Chicago. This wouldn’t be a sexy pick but Lindstrom can help in a number of ways. He can potentially fit in right away at guard if Brandon Brooks were to end up on the PUP list. He can also play tackle if need be. It’s also possible that he could eventually be Jason Kelce’s replacement. The Eagles need to do everything they can to keep Carson Wentz healthy. Drafting a potential 10 year starter on the o-line would help.
Both players (and Lawrence) were brought in for an official visit.
The fan in me would love Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. Watching him and DeSean Jackson on the same field would be fun. Wentz does need weapons for the future and Brown would be just that. So, it wouldn’t exactly be a surprise if they went wide receiver in round 1.
Regardless of which direction the Eagles go in they will have an opportunity to grab an impact player. With the Wentz extension looming, it’s important that they hit big on this pick.