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Eagles Draft Targets Day 2–Rounds 2 & 3

Let me first start off by saying, I’m not thrilled with the Eagles first round pick.  It’s not great, but it’s not Marcus Smith either, it was a safe pick.  However, the Eagles bypassed some absolutely elite talent in OJ Howard, Jonathan Allen, Malik Hooker, and Reuben Foster.  Two popular NFL comps for Derek Barnett are Brandon Graham and Nick Perry…they’re both good NFL players, but neither is a franchise building block.  I believe the prospects the Eagles passed on have greater potential to be than Barnett.  However, there’s still a ton of value on the board and the Eagles can still round out a great draft if they do well tonight.  I will grade each prospect as a 1-5 interest scale, 1 being the lowest, 5 being the highest.

Potential Day 2 Targets for the Eagles

Round 2: 

Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

–Very solid tackle and has many people shocked he’s still available.  He could be eventual replacement for Peters.  Interest level: 4

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

–First round talent with off field baggage.  He has been linked to the Eagles the entire draft process and is a great all around running back.  He’s had domestic abuse allegations, animal cruelty allegations, and some other very minor run ins.  He’s a risk, but he’s an immense talent.  Interest level: 4

Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma

–We have all seen the video of Mixon knocking out a woman and breaking her jaw in 6 places.  However, he’s an incredibly gifted running back and could be the steal of the draft.  Interest level: 1

Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina University

–Very productive in college, 158 catches last year which set an NCAA record.  Possession receivers like this in college don’t typically translate to all that much in the NFL.  Interest level: 3

Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

–Arguably a first round talent, didn’t test well at combine and pro days.  Fits a need and would provide a great value for the Eagles.  Interest level: 4

Sidney Jones, CB, Washington–Was originally linked to the Eagles at 14. Ruptured his Achilles on the final drill of his Pro Day.  Depends if you’re comfortable red-shirting him for his rookie year, I am.  Interest level: 4

Kevin King, CB, Washington

–Great length and physical corner, would fit Schwartz’s scheme well.  I’d love to see him be there for the Eagles, but unless they move up, I think he’s gone.  Interest level: 5

Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado

–Fluid and physical corner that’s a 1st-2nd round grade.  He’d be a solid selection and fill a need, but not a great value pick.  Interest level: 3

Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State

–Versatile player who can line up out wide, in the slot, or in the backfield.  I’m higher on Samuel than most, I think they could get very creative with him.  Interest level: 4

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

–Good route runner, but not very fast. Do you want to try another USC receiver?  Interest level: 0

Budda Baker, S, Washington

–I love this guy. Versatile secondary player, very much like Tyran Mathieu.  This would be a luxury pick more than a need and I worry if Schwartz would get the most out of him, but I love this player.  Interest level: 5


Potential Day 2 Targets for the Eagles (Continued)

Round 3:

Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington

–The name picked up speed after he had a great “draft process” and worked out with Carson Wentz.  I think a player like this being selected could spell the end for Jordan Matthews.  Interest level: 3

Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU

–Good wide receiver that underachieved in college due to scheme and poor QB play.  I’d rather get another receiver earlier, or wait to get a little more value later.  Interest level: 2

Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma

–Not a great receiving back, more of a thumper.  Good back but doesn’t fit the offense great, sadly the Eagles seem more set on receiving type backs.  Interest level: 3

D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas

–Not a great receiving back, more of a thumper.  Good back but doesn’t fit the offense great.  (Not a typo—he and Perine are very similar players)  Interest level: 3

Teez Tabor, CB, Florida

–Very intriguing player. Was mentioned as a top 15 pick and had a dreadful combine and pro day, ran a 4.6 and 4.7 40 time, but has very good game film.  I’d roll the dice on him in round 3.  Interest level: 4

Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut

–Athletic freak who has decent game film, but has a ton of potential.  This would be the definition of a luxury pick.  Interest level:  2

Desmond King, CB, Iowa

–4 year starter, but has some physical limitations.  Very durable guy, would be a safe pick in round 3.  This would matchup with the Barnett selection from round 1.  Interest level: 3

Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama

–Not a big time position of need, but the Eagles love to build in the lines.  Tomlinson was overshadowed by some of the elite talent in this draft.  Interest level: 3

Duke Riley, OLB, LSU

–Great instincts and range, always around the football.  Duke Riley is just a very good and smart football player, sign me up, see ya Kendricks.  Interest level: 5

Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee

–Never quite lived up to the hype in college, but was in a stagnant offense, had a very good combine.  I’ve cooled on him since watching some more of this film, but at round 3, he’d provide a nice value.  Interest level: 4

My realistic thought tonight is that the Eagles will come away with Cook or Mixon in round 2 and then someone like Desmond King in round 3.  Although I’m very hesitant with Cook and Mixon’s off field issues, they’re very talented.  These 3 picks would improve the roster immediately.

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My name is Keith Carman and I eat, sleep, and breathe Eagles football. I've grown up and spent 27 years as a Philadelphia Eagles fan. Writing and talking Eagles football is my passion and my dream.

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