Draft Wrap

Posted: April 29th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | Comments Off on Draft Wrap

 

Interesting weekend. The Eagles only made a handful of draft picks. They supplemented that by re-signing Darren Sproles. And then the Eagles added a strong group of UDFAs. They didn’t address every roster hole, but the team is deeper and better.

2nd Round – TE Dallas Goedert – Big. Fast. Great hands. Very good RAC ability. Physical player. Willing blocker. Other than that, he’s not that good. Goedert has the potential to develop into a very good NFL player. He isn’t just some small school project. Goedert went to the Senior Bowl and looked outstanding before getting hurt. The only question I have with Goedert is how much he can contribute as a rookie. If he can quickly adjust to the level of competition, Goedert can play a lot as a rookie and become a valuable role player. He is outstanding in the Red Zone.

4th Round – CB Avonte Maddox – Some people think Maddox being 5-9, 184 is a problem. Not at all. The Eagles will give him a chance to play in the slot and that size is actually beneficial on the inside. Most slot receivers use quickness to get open. Bigger DBs can struggle with quick guys. When the Eagles do face a big slot receiver, they can put Malcolm Jenkins there, as they have done the past two years. Maddox has 4.39 speed, tackles well and is a confident, aggressive, ultra-competitive player. I’d be shocked if Jim Schwartz didn’t absolutely love him. Also has some return ability.

4th Round – DE Josh Sweat – Sweat is 6-5 and has long arms. He’s quick off the ball. He never hit his peak at Florida State, but Sweat has major potential. I think lining him up in the Wide-9 will bring out the best in him. Sweat has starting potential.

6th Round – OL Matt Pryor – I wasn’t thrilled with the Pryor pick, but he’s grown on me as I’ve re-watched some tape. Played both OG and OT for TCU. Has the size to be a RT, but we don’t know if he’s got the footwork to handle edge rushers. The Eagles really value big OL and Pryor is one of the biggest in this class.

7th Round – OL Jordan Mailata – You can argue that he’s a freak or a project. Or a freaky project. Mailata is 6-8, 346. He has 35.5-inch arms and ran 5.12 at his Pro Day. Eagles coaches went to meet with him and work him out. They later brought him to Philly for a visit. Mailata has a freakish combination of size and athleticism. He is completely raw and will need time to develop, but has tremendous potential. He fits the old George Young “planet theory”. There aren’t many guys like him on the planet, so you go get him.

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UFA – RB Darren Sproles – Doug Pederson pestered Howie Roseman to re-sign Sproles and the Eagles finally did that. He gives the team an outstanding PR and adds a talented RB to the mix. When Sproles got hurt, he was the key RB. Things have changed. Jay Ajayi is now the workhorse runner and Corey Clement can be the 3rd down back. Sproles won’t be on the field on every 3rd down, as he was in the past. And he will no longer be a crutch for Carson Wentz, as was the situation in 2016. Wentz is now a good, veteran QB. He spreads the ball around. Sproles won’t be a go-to guy any more, but rather a very talented option.

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UDFAs

S Jeremy Reaves – Versatile, physical DB who the Eagles had a lot of interest in. Reaves can come in and seriously challenge for a roster spot. He reminds me a lot of Rodney McLeod.

RB Josh Adams – Tall, upright runner. Not big enough to be a bruiser, not athletic enough to be a weapon. N-S runner who runs behind his pads. Has potential as a receiver and blocker. Could be a good role player in the NFL. Will have to really play well to win a roster spot.

CB Chandon Sullivan – I liked him quite a bit. Confident, aggressive cover corner. Played well at the Senior Bowl. Could play in the slot or outside. His former coach, Trent Miles, is an assistant with the Eagles.

DE Joe Ostman – The poor man’s Uchenna Nwosu. Both are about 6-2, 251. Nwosu went in the 2nd round. Ostman went unpicked. I wonder if the Eagles see Ostman as a DE or possibly a SAM, if he shed a few pounds. Ostman is a relentless and highly productive pass rusher. PFF loved him and gave him great ratings.

DT Bruce Hector – Athletic DT from South Florida. Had 18 sacks over the past three years, a good total for a DT. Flashes on tape, but has an uphill battle. Good scheme fit.

S Ryan Neal – Small school DB who had a great Pro Day. He played both CB and S at Southern Illinois. The Eagles need depth at S, but they love versatile DBs. Neal makes a lot of sense. He can hit, tackle and cover. Might have legit shot to make the roster.

OL Toby Weathersby – Played RT for LSU. Has good size and uses his hands pretty well, but footwork is a major issue.

WR Jordon Gandy – Small school receiver with good size. Ran in the 4.5 range. Can make tough grabs.

CB Jordan Thomas – There are some reports that the former Oklahoma DB could play WR. Need to find out more about that.

S Stephen Roberts – Auburn DB goes 5-11, 185. Poor tackler and limited playmaker, not an ideal combination.

LB Danny Ezechukwu – 6-2, 247 LB who is at his best attacking off the edge. Limited athlete. Not sure if the Eagles will ask him to lose weight and play LB or gain weight and play DE. They already have plenty of DL depth, but I’m not sure this guy can be a 4-3 OLB.

OG Ian Park – Former NW player transferred to Slippery Rock to finish his career. Started half the season at RG before getting hurt.

QB Jeremiah Briscoe – Eagles needed a 4th QB for all the camps. We’ll see what Briscoe can do.

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These are brief notes after a long day.

I will write about the key guys much more extensively in the coming weeks.

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