Everyone has a wish list. You might hear…the Eagles must go get a stud RB like Dalvin Cook. No, they need to go get an explosive receiver like DeSean Jackson. I’m old school…let’s get more good players for the line of scrimmage, whether OL or DL.
People love to ask me who I want or what I think the Eagles should do. I’m working on that. There are so many players to target and so many variables that it is hard to offer up a good scenario and one that is also realistic. There’s no fun in just throwing out a bunch of big names. I prefer to come up with an interesting combination of names.
Since I’m still doing a lot of research and thinking, I’m just going to offer some quick thoughts on a variety of players that interest me or that people have asked about.
Leonard Fournette is a dominant college RB, but I don’t see him as a good fit for the Eagles. Fournette would be great for an offense built around the power run game, but I don’t think he would be good value for the Eagles. Doug Pederson wants to use multiple RBs and wants guys that have complete skill sets.
Dalvin Cook is the one RB that I would even consider spending a 1st round pick on (for the Eagles). Cook is a big play machine, consistently delivering runs of 20 or more yards. His style should adapt well to the NFL He also is a good receiver. I generally don’t like RBs in the 1st round, but there are some players who are worth it. I felt that way about Ezekiel Elliot. He was special. Cook isn’t as good as him, but is more than just a good RB. I lean against the Eagles going for a RB in the 1st, but Cook is so good that I would have to strongly consider it.
I would love the Eagles to get a RB with some size. Jamal Williams from BYU is a player that interests me. So is Kareem Hunt from Toledo.
There is no WR that I think the Eagles “must get”. After hearing Howie Roseman, I lean against veterans like DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Brandon Marshall, etc. They are good players, but they would be good for 2017, not the next 3 to 5 years.
Stills (6-foot, 195 pounds) seems to fit the bill.
The 24-year-old out of Oklahoma had 42 catches for 726 yards and nine touchdowns for the Dolphins this season. A fifth-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2013, Stills was traded to Miami for linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick prior to the ’15 season and has proven to be an asset for the Miami offense, particularly this season. The Eagles are in desperate need of a receiver that can stretch the field, and that happens to be Stills’ specialty. Possessing sub-4.40 second, 40-yard speed, Stills averaged 17.3 yards per catch in 2016 — good for third in the NFL behind DeSean Jackson (17.9) and Chris Hogan of the New England Patriots (17.9).
Stills is one of the possible targets on my list. He has a good combination of size and speed. He is good downfield, something the Eagles lack now. He doesn’t have great hands, but is a reliable receiver. Stills is young and a player on the rise. Miami has Jarvis Landry and just spent a 1st round pick on Devante Parker so they aren’t likely to spend money to keep Stills. His price won’t be cheap, but should be reasonable compared to Alshon Jeffrey and the other top guys.
The free agent WR who fascinates me the most is Terrelle Pryor. He could cost in the $10M per year range and only has one season of being a full time WR. That’s a big risk. He needs work on route-running and other technical issues. That said, put on the tape and you see a player with special potential. He is huge at 6-4, 223 and is a great athlete. He is an offensive weapon. I doubt the Eagles pursue him, but he’d certainly be worth checking out and having a long discussion over.
Clemson star Mike Williams is very intriguing. He goes about 6-4, 220 and is athletic. He is a skilled WR that plays to his size. He missed most of 2015 due to a neck injury and that has to be factored in. He will get a ton of attention from doctors at the Combine. If he does check out, Williams is worth serious consideration.
Western Michigan’s Corey Davis is terrific. He has great RAC skills and is the kind of highly competitive player I can see Joe Douglas and the scouts loving.
There is no O-lineman that I’m in love with yet. I don’t think the Eagles will add any vets. This feels like purely a draft area.
The Eagles will be cutting Connor Barwin, unless they can trade him. That means there will be an opening for a DE. They’ve already got a lot of money in Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry so they are likely to bargain shop or use a draft pick here. There are a slew of good draft targets, including non-1st rounders.
I don’t know what is going on at DT. Will Bennie Logan be back or not? The Eagles like him a lot, but can’t afford to hand him a huge deal. Will some other team offer him a huge deal?
I’m still doing research on free agent CBs. Stephon Gilmore from Buffalo is one of the big names and did play for Jim Schwartz, but Gilmore wants huge money and isn’t coming off a great year. I haven’t seen a CB yet that I would break the bank for.
This is the guy you want, Eagles fans. https://t.co/j3azj2zgET
— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) January 8, 2017
A.J. Bouye in coverage today:
0 Catches Allowed
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— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) January 8, 2017
That is Texans CB AJ Bouye, who is on my list of corners to study. Just have to make sure he’s not a product of the system and would be worth a good investment. Learn from the Byron Maxwell move, right?
CB is another spot where there are some very good draft targets. Corn Elder from Miami doesn’t have good hands, but he can really hit and tackle and he’s aggressive. Desmond King from Iowa has excellent ball skills. Rasul Douglas of West Virginia led the nation in INTs and is a defensive playmaker. The Eagles can go a number of different ways, depending on which CBs they fall in love with.