Any Interest?

Posted: April 23rd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 1 Comment »

The Philly media and Eagles bloggers do a tremendous job of keeping track of the players the Eagles show an interest in. These players are not always picked, but there definitely is a correlation between the team showing interest and those guys ending up as Eagles.

There are a few good players that would seem to fit the Eagles, but the team hasn’t publicly shown any interest in. There may have been a Combine meeting, but the team meets a ton of guys there. I’m talking about coaches going to their Pro Days or visits to Philly or private workouts. Specific interest.

Frank Ragnow will likely be the second C chosen this week. He is big at 6-5, 312, but is still a good athlete. No one is looking to get rid of Jason Kelce right now, but he’s not getting any younger. The Eagles already brought James Daniels, the top C prospect, into Philly for a visit. Both Daniels and Ragnow have the size that the Eagles like in their OL. Both guys can play G or C.

Ragnow can block on the move, something that is a must in the Eagles offense.

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The Eagles have shown interest in just about every RB with a pulse. One guy I haven’t seen the team checking out closely is Kerryon Johnson, the star from Auburn. He is 5-11, 213 and a good athlete. He played through some nagging injuries this year, showing he’s got the toughness for the NFL. He ran for 18 TDs. For his career, Johnson caught 55 passes and showed the potential to be a solid receiver.

Johnson is a gifted runner.

https://twitter.com/SkyeUnderwood/status/916698481703702528

You see vision, footwork, patience, burst, balance and strength. I love his lateral agility. He’s no Shady McCoy, but is still pretty good. Johnson should go in the 2nd or 3rd round. If the Eagles trade back from 32, he could make some sense for them.

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My favorite CB in the draft is Josh Jackson of Iowa. He could go Top 20 or still be on the board at 32. I love his instincts and ball skills. He picked off 8 passes in 2017 and some of them were highlight plays. There was some luck in there as well, but we see plenty of defenders who don’t catch the ball when it does come their way. Jackson has good hands and excellent awareness. My guess is that he’ll be gone by 32, but it just seems funny that the Eagles have checked out so many other CBs, but seemingly not him.

https://twitter.com/BradleyRfc/status/988066152231432194

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Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas spoke to the media last week.

Chris McPherson shared his takeaways on PE.com.  Here are a couple.

3. Scouts will need to win on Saturday

Douglas is excited about the fact that the Eagles have five picks on Day 3 of the draft (Rounds 4-7). Those players might not get the big headlines next weekend but will loom large in the overall picture of building the roster. There were 36 players on the Eagles’ roster alone for the Super Bowl (including Injured Reserve) who were chosen after the third round or not at all.

An interesting side note is that Douglas believes it may be harder as the defending Super Bowl champions to draw in undrafted players because of the perceived lack of open roster spots.

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6. Don’t rule out a running back early

The Eagles had a successful running back committee paced by LeGarrette Blount (a free agent added after last year’s draft), Ajayi (acquired at the trade deadline), and rookie free agent Corey Clement. The trio accounted for 155 rushing yards, 100 receiving yards, and two touchdowns in the Super Bowl win over New England.

However, Douglas acknowledged that he’s not opposed to taking a running back as early as the first round.

“Great running backs are difference-makers,” he said.

The Scouts are going to be the key to the bottom of the draft. The obvious star players will be gone. The scouts will either deliver Jalen Mills or Paul Fanaika. Those picks can make a big difference.

I know some of you are completely against a RB at 32, but I can live with it. I think part of the rationale is financial. Do you pay Jay Ajayi big money after this season or let a RB on his rookie contract play with Carson Wentz for the next several years? You can’t pay everyone.

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Howie said that he is open to trading back. Jimmy Bama wrote a lengthy piece on moving back that covers every angle you can imagine.

Good stuff from Mr. Bama.

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One Comment on “Any Interest?”

  1. 1 Eagles News: Philadelphia is having a concert to celebrate the Eagles' Super Bowl win - Todaytells said at 6:44 AM on April 23rd, 2018:

    […] Any Interest? – Iggles BlitzFrank Ragnow will likely be the second C chosen this week. He is big at 6-5, 312, but is still a good athlete. No one is looking to get rid of Jason Kelce right now, but he’s not getting any younger. The Eagles already brought James Daniels, the top C prospect, into Philly for a visit. Both Daniels and Ragnow have the size that the Eagles like in their OL. Both guys can play G or C. Ragnow can block on the move, something that is a must in the Eagles offense. […]