Eagles Go Bigger

Posted: April 28th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | Comments Off on Eagles Go Bigger

I didn’t see this coming.

This is a rugby player with no football experience.

But he is 6-8, 346 and athletic. He has the raw tools to be a good O-lineman.

He doesn’t look like an OL there. He looks like a gigantic TE. Or some bizarre creature sent from the future to destroy mankind.

Mailata is a complete project, but he has tremendous upside. Jeff Stoutland will have his work cut out for him, but this is a guy I’m sure he’s excited to work with.

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Eagles Go Big

Posted: April 28th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | Comments Off on Eagles Go Big

The Eagles made their 6th round pick.

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of this pick.

Pryor is a massive man at 6-7, 328. He started for two-and-a-half years at TCU, playing both RT and RG. Jeff Stoutland loves massive blockers and Pryor certainly fits that bill. The problem for me is that I don’t see a player who is physically dominant.

He was introduced as a OG, where he spent most of his college career. His height makes him a better fit at OT. He plays with pretty good pad level so the height doesn’t kill him on the inside. I don’t know that he’s got the footwork to play on the outside.

Pryor played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. I haven’t had a chance to study that tape yet. I’ll do that and would love to see Pryor stand out in that game.

Pryor had a terrible showing at his Pro Day. I think he looks more athletic on tape than those numbers would make you expect, but he definitely has limitations. I don’t know if Pryor is someone the scouts loved or maybe Jeff Stoutland. It will be interesting to find out more about that.

I see a player who is a project and who will struggle to make the 2018 roster. I liked other players better, but this is someone the Eagles obviously felt was worth taking a chance on. I hope they’re right.

UPDATE

Todd McShay just said on ESPN that he loved Pryor. McShay had him rated as a 5th round pick and he thinks Pryor can be a starter in a couple of years. McShay said he actually liked Pryor more than his teammate, LT Joseph Noteboom, who went on Day 2.

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Darn Good Start

Posted: April 28th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | Comments Off on Darn Good Start

We had to wait and wait for some action, but the Eagles made it worth it.

I love the Maddox pick.

Maddox is 5-9, 184. That’s fine for the slot, which is where Maddox will play. He can come in and challenge for the nickel role right away. He played all four years at Pitt, picking off 8 passes and breaking up 34. Maddox played inside and outside.

He surprised me by running 4.39 at the Combine. That is explosive speed, even for a guy his size. He had a 37-inch vertical. He had a 3-cone time of 6.51, which is amazingly good. Those are excellent traits for someone who plays in the slot.

The thing I liked most about Maddox is the way he played. He is an aggressive, confident DB. He attacks and makes things happen. Maddox had 7 sacks in his career. He is a terrific blitzer. He can play the run. He plays WR screens well. He can cover short or deep. Maddox can do it all.

I think Maddox is a great pick. This kid is ultra-competitive and is a great fit for the Eagles, on and off the field.

Sweat is a very good prospect. The only real question with him was his knees. He had an ACL injury in high school and some teams had concerns about that. The Eagles medical staff gave him a good report and Sweat didn’t miss any significant time at Florida State. He played in 12, 11 and 12 games in his three years there.

Sweat is 6-5, 251. He has 35-inch arms. That makes him a really long edge rusher, which can help in getting by OTs.

There are some moments when Sweat looks great. He can be explosive off the ball and bends well for a 6-5 guy. I think lining up in the Wide-9 will be an excellent fit for him. The Eagles can bring him along slowly this year and work on getting him ready for the future.

Why add a DE to such a good DL?

It feels like Chris Long is likely to retire after this year. We don’t know if Brandon Graham will get his contract extension. We don’t know if Michael Bennett is here for multiple years. Sweat gives them a player to develop for the future. And Sweat could contribute this year, but he won’t have the pressure to come in and push for a starting role right away. The Eagles can just see how quickly he adjusts to life in the NFL. Some guys thrive right away. Most need time.

The Eagles defense was terrific in 2017, but needed some help. Maddox makes them better in the secondary and Sweat makes a deep DL even deeper. This is a passing league so improving in those areas is always a good thing.

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2018 Draft Preview – Day 3

Posted: April 28th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | Comments Off on 2018 Draft Preview – Day 3

Day 3 is finally here. The Eagles actually have some picks to work with.

The team added TE Dallas Goedert yesterday, giving them another offensive weapon. That also was an area of need due to the departure of Brent Celek and Trey Burton. With TE out of the way, where should the Eagles be looking today?

They could use: RB, CB, S, OL, DL, LB, WR

Unfortunately there are only 4 picks. I think the team should make sure to add a CB and RB. They don’t have to address those areas in the 4th necessarily, but it would be good to add talent there today.

Let’s look at the players that the Eagles will have to choose from.

4th Round

QB: Kyle Lauletta

RB: Mark Walton, Nyheim Hines, Jaylen Samuels, Kalen Ballage

WR: DaeSean Hamilton, Equanimeous St. Brown, Deon Cain, Daurice Fountain, J’Mon Moore

TE: Durham Smythe, Chris Herndon

OL: Tyrell Crosby, Jamarco Jones, Colby Gossett, Cole Madison, Will Clapp

DE: Josh Sweat, DaShawn Hand, Duke Ejiofor, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Jalyn Holmes, Hercules Mata’afa

DT: Tim Settle, Poona Ford, Trenton Thompson, Foley Fatukasi

LB: Shaquem Griffin, Joel Iyiegbuniwe

IB: Josey Jewell, Andre Smith, Mike McCray

S: Dane Cruikshank, Siran Neal, Marcus Allen

CB: Anthony Averett, Avontae Maddox, Quenton Meeks, Davontae Harris, Darius Phillips, Grant Haley, Tony Brown

5th Round

QB:

RB: Bo Scarborough, John Kelly

WR: Byron Pringle, Marcell Ateman, Keke Coutee, , Dylan Cantrell, Justin Watson, Braxton Berrios, Allen Lazard, Deontay Burnett

TE: Dalton Schultz, Tyler Conklin, Troy Fumagalli

OL: Wyatt Teller, Tony Adams, Skyler Phillips, Scott Quessenberry, Bradley Bozeman, Brian Allen

DE: Ade Aruna, Dorance Armstrong

DT: R.J. McIntosh, Kendrick Norton, Andrew Brown, James Looney

LB: Matthew Thomas, Azeem Victor, Leon Jacobs

IB: Jack Cichy, Skai Moore, Micah Kiser , Tegray Scales, Genard Avery

S: Deshon Elliott, Damon Webb, Quin Blanding, Kyzir White

CB: Tarvarus McFadden, Kevin Toliver, Holton Hill, Christian Campbell, Taron Johnson

The Picks

4 – 125
4 – 130
6 – 206
7 – 250

Guys of particular interest in the 4th

RB Mark Walton – An ankle injury limited him in 2017, but this kid is a gifted RB who can also block and catch. I don’t know if he can start in the NFL, but it wouldn’t shock me. Lacks ideal size, but isn’t a finesse runner. Can break tackles. Has good balance. Elusive as well. Would be good part of a RB rotation in the NFL.

RB Jaylen Samuels – Mr Versatility. I could see Joe Douglas loving this guy. Has good size at 5-11, 223. Played TE and RB at NC State. Had 78 carries as a Senior, but still ran for 12 TDs. More than 200 career catches. I think he’s a RB in the NFL, but would be an offensive weapon for the coaches to use creatively. Also has KOR ability.   Read the rest of this entry »


Dallas In Dallas

Posted: April 27th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | Comments Off on Dallas In Dallas

The Eagles finally made a pick. They moved up from 52 and…

Goedert is 6-5, 256 and a gifted athlete. He has freaky good hands and will make some insane catches.

Here is a write-up I previously did on him.

I didn’t say much about him overnight because I figured he would be long gone before it even got close to the Eagles pick. Instead, there was a run on interior OL and DBs. Goedert slid down to a point where he was close enough for the Eagles to go get.

Dallas had pick 50 and was thought to be targeting Goedert. They needed him to help replace Jason Witten, who it was reported today will be retiring. Howie Roseman moved from 52 to 49 to get ahead of Dallas to add a player that can be a big help to the Eagles.

Goedert is excellent value in the mid-2nd and can contribute right away. He will likely be a role player this year, but he can play a part in 3-TE sets and can help in the Red Zone. It is possible he could challenge Richard Rodgers for the #2 spot. We’ll have to wait and see how things shake out this summer.

The Eagles did have to give up pick 169 to pull off the deal. That hurts, but they obviously felt Goedert was worth it.

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