After last night, we are all still fired up and riding the high of the Devonta Smith trade. Pick 37 cannot come fast enough, get us on the clock again. Here are some names to watch for the Eagles as we head into Day 2!
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Linebacker, Notre Dame)
JOK hits people with no regard for human life and probably should be already off the board. Hopefully he is there at 37 and I can’t believe I’m saying this about someone who plays defense for Notre Dame. They are notorious frauds who cannot be trusted. But JOK is, as the kids say, built different. It has been well documented that the Eagles don’t value the linebacker position. The last linebackers they took this high were Jordan Hicks in the 3rd Round and Mychal Kendricks with the 46th overall pick. But according to Howie’s comments last night about sticking to their draft board, they value, value (does that make sense?) Daniel Jeremiah has JOK as his 15th best player overall. Getting him at 37 would be tremendous.
JOK is a fast moving, violent player. There have been talks of him playing safety given he is undersized, yet explodes to the ball. As the game evolves into having defensive rovers who can play positionless while both covering and tackling, JOK would be perfect.
— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) April 30, 2021
Asante Samuel Jr. (Cornerback, Florida State)
Cornerback is the most apparent position of need for the Eagles. They don’t have a legitimate CB2 unless you consider Avonte Maddox that, although he is much better suited for the slot. Just like his dad, Asante Jr has great ball skills. He led Florida State in both interceptions and pass break ups this past season before opting out. If he is still on the board at 37, it would be an obvious match made in heaven considering the need, the skill set, and the connection the team had with his dad.
Dyami Brown (Wide Receiver, North Carolina)
If Terrace Marshall Jr is who your little heart desires on this day, I will not disagree with you. A good draft day rule of thumb for front office executives would be just draft a receiver if they played during the 2019 Alabama vs LSU game. Chances are it’ll pan out. See, oh I don’t know, Devonta Smith!
Less Marshall, take a look at Dyami Brown. This kid has a glide to him that makes his speed look easy. He was a home run favorite for UNC quarterback Sam Howell and often blew by corners when given 1 on 1 opportunities. Ask the Virginia corners how no safety help went for them (narrator: it went poorly and Brown had 200+ yards with 3 touchdowns). Plus, there is a lot of film featuring Brown working in traffic too. He is a classic case of game speed versus 40 time. He ran a 4.46 40, but there are plenty of highlights of him breaking away from the secondary. Oh, let me backtrack here for Eagles fans. Yes, receivers in football are allowed to break a tackle, and run with the ball after they catch it. It is called “yards after the catch”, or “YAC”. I know we’ve never experienced it before.
Brown is 6’1 and 185lbs with command in his routes and dependable hands. UNC ran classic spread college offense so his route tree isn’t exactly experienced. But, he seems like a kid Nick Sirianni would LOVE to coach up given his traits on tape.
Also, he looks cool. Anybody who can pull off the shooting sleeve on a football field gets extra points. That alone makes up for the fact this could be a bit of a reach at 37! If he falls to 70, double him up with Devonta.
Quinn Meinerz (Center/Guard, Wisconsin-Whitewater)
Alas, the replacement for Jason Kelce has arrived. If we can start a 6’7 former Australian rugby player at tackle, I’m sure we can integrate this former D3 player, who does his training by lifting logs at his parents Canadian fishery, on the O-line as well. Meinerz is obviously one of the more intriguing stories in the draft. He showed up at the Senior Bowl and started dominating D1 talent. This was fresh off his 2020 season getting cancelled and him using that time to train by carrying propane tanks to cabins in the woods. He was one of the best interviews of the draft process with the mullet to match. While it will be tough to replace the talent of Jason Kelce, this kid can certainly replicate the personality.
Oh, he is also good at football. He can play both guard and center. He played guard at Wisconsin-Whitewater but the scouts had him playing center at the Senior Bowl. The Eagles have obviously been keen on lineman who have the flexibility to play multiple positions. Meinerz seems to be great at both and he saw no drop off in production when going against guys at a higher level. He was still able to keep his feet moving and finish off blocks. And I mean FINISH blocks.
I hope he is an Eagle but I know he will at the very least be the Pardon My Take Football Guy of the Week at some point.
From Division III to the NFL! The story of @QMeinerz from Wisconsin Whitewater, to the senior bowl, to the top of the NFL draft.
His story is a Disney movie waiting to happen! Check out our convo on the Big Boy Club Draft Academy!pic.twitter.com/1iKsDBSMnB
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) April 28, 2021
Quincy Roche (Defensive End/Edge, Miami FL)
Am I manifesting a glorious return to Lincoln Financial Field for Quincy Roche? Yes, yes I am. But Derek Barnett is playing on his 5th year option, Josh Sweat will never be a full time player, and Brandon Graham is getting long in the tooth. Defensive edge rusher will always be an emphasis for this team.
Roche blew by every tackle in the AAC in 2019 on his way to 13 sacks in as many games. It included a two week stretch where he had 6.5 sacks total. He transferred to Miami, which probably causes him to get overlooked considering two of his D-end mates (G. Rousseau, J. Phillips) are going in the first round this year.
Roche is a bolt of lightning off the line and has a great “duck under” move. He’s the prototypical Temple defensive player who is probably undersized but plays with a certain level of tenacity. He can be a great rotational edge rusher and provide some much needed depth at the position for the Eagles. If we still had pick 84 that would be great value for Roche.