It’s finally Draft Day and it’s here in Philadelphia! While I’m not as head over heels in love with the Eagles offseason as most people are, I’m very excited and have extremely high hopes for this draft. Joe Douglass brings a ton of experience and background to a Front Office that sorely needs it. My one and only draft guideline for the Eagles this year is simple; do not reach for need, take the best player available. In my honest opinion, the Eagles have two drafts (this year and next) to build around Wentz and they won’t be in playoff contention this year. So build this methodically through the draft and surround your franchise quarterback with a legitimate NFL roster.
**Disclaimer–I believe the Eagles will draft Joe Mixon in the 2nd round, but this is my draft and I’m not drafting Joe Mixon.**
1st round, 14th overall: Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama.
I know, he was kicked out of the combine, he failed a drug screen at the combine, and his surrounding group of friends aren’t the best people in the world. But guess what, he’s also got an 8 year old son who he’s actively raising while he was playing football at Alabama. His own father tried to shoot and kill his mother as Foster lay in her arms as an 18 month old child. He’s been through a lot and is a difference maker on the field, you can’t only talk about things that hurt his draft value, you need to look at the whole picture. I’m sprinting to the podium if he’s on the board, roll tide.
2nd round, 43rd overall: Kevin King, CB, Washington
A tall physical corner that was overshadowed all year due to Sidney Jones being a top 10-15 talent. However, the combine helped shed some light on this guy who was a very good corner at Washington. A nice fit for Jim Schwartz and today’s NFL.
3rd round, 99th overall: Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State
A strange case as Willis has incredible film and seemed to pick up a ton of steam throughout the draft process. However, his stock has cooled and I’m seeing him again in the 2nd to 3rd round range. If the Eagles can snag him with a 3rd round pick, you’ll get a play who can contribute right away and would be a full time starter by year 2.
4th round, 118th overall: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
I will not lie to you, the fact that a cornerback ran a 4.6 and 4.7 40 yard dash, is concerning. However, before testing at the combine and pro day, Tabor was a top 20 pick according to his film. Now that Tabor is slipping into the 4th and 5th round, I think it’d be crazy to not take a chance on a guy that has 1st round game film.
4th round, 139th overall: DeDe Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
Anyone remember the Heisman conversation this year? Yeah…DeDe Westbrook was in that conversation. I understand that not all Heisman candidates translate, but this is a good football player. While he’s not a prototypical wide receiver in today’s NFL, the kid can play. Getting this kind of value at a position of need in the draft is a great pick for the Eagles.
5th round, 155th overall: Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego St.
Pumphrey will not wow anyone with his measurables, but go back and look at his tape. He’s a football player. He’s a versatile “do-it-all” running back out of San Diego State. He broke Marshall Faulk’s records at SD ST…let that sink it. He broke Marshall Faulk’s records. That’s not me saying he’s even close to the player Marshall Faulk is, but if I can pick up a gamer like that in round 5, sign me up.
6th round, 194th overall: Eddie Jackson, S/CB, Alabama
This is one of the most puzzling player values in the entire draft. Eddie Jackson was making a push to be an All-American at Alabama before he got hurt. He also has the versatility to play corner or safety. The knocks on Jackson are that he doesn’t tackle well and is more “finesse”…ok, but he’s got great ball skills and is solid in coverage. Roll tide.
7th round, 230th overall: Ryan Switzer, WR, UNC
If you’ve watched film, or seen any of Mitch Trubisky’s games, you know who this kid is. Undersized slot receiver who can run all the routes and has great hands. The Cowboys have Cole Beasley who always seems to pick up 5 yards on 3rd and 4, I want a guy like that on my team. Get me Ryan Switzer on this roster.
There you have it, the continuation of building that championship roster. Joe Douglass worked wonders with the Bears draft last year when he was in Chicago, now it’s time to do it in Philly.