Eagles Draft Watch: Week 14 Edition

With Sunday night’s loss to the Cowboys, the Eagles fell to 3-9 on the season.

Only two teams – the Jaguars and Chiefs – have fewer wins at 2-10. The Raiders and Panthers join the Eagles at 3-9. The tiebreaker among teams with the same record is strength of schedule. The team with the overall easier schedule gets the higher pick. Here’s a look at the top five.

Opponent SOS
Chiefs (1)210.505
Jaguars (2)210.552
Raiders (3)39.464
Eagles (4)39.510
Panthers (5)39.516

The Chiefs have an easier strength of schedule than the Jaguars, so they’d pick first. The Raiders have an easier strength of schedule than both the Eagles and Panthers, so they’d pick third. And the Birds are ahead of Carolina with the fourth pick.

In terms of remaining schedule, the Eagles have the toughest slate of any of the five teams. Their remaining opponents are a combined 26-22. The Raiders have the easiest slate. Their opponents are 18-30.

The Chiefs and Raiders meet in Week 15. And the Raiders and Panthers play each other in Week 16. In other words, someone’s got to win those games.

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  • Wagner

    I’m not sure it would matter so much this year if the Eagles are picking 1st or 4th. I don’t see that there is a standout talent that would require a #1 pick.

  • Kevin_aka_RC

    Does the SOS record contain the records of the remaining games (like the Bengals vs the Eagles)?

  • Andy

    Trade down value of the #1 pick is much higher than #4. They only have to find a few teams who need a player at a certain position that think that player will be gone to create a bidding war for #1 overall. Those teams don’t even have to want the same player, just have their hearts set on one.

  • Matty H

    I would like a player in the draft to have an immediate impact on the team….offensive line….or any1 on Defense. Lol. Manti Teo slips to the 4th pick?

    • FMWarner

      “Slips” to 4th? If he goes higher than 7th or 8th it would be a major surprise.

      • JohnGiam

        manti has to be the pick, the intangibles he brings are the underlying problems that have ruined our season. we need more then a great player that fills one of our zillion holes…we need a culture changer, a heart transplant, a leader that the rest of the defense has to worry about looking in the eye when the make mistakes, blow coverages and commit penalties, a player who will not alow our defense to be soft….i dont care what position “that player” plays..and in THIS draft, THAT pLayer happen to be Manti Teo a freak of a LB who can play all 3 positions, blitz, tackle, punish opponents and Oh by the way, he happen to be one of the best coverage LB that I have ever seen. I linebacker that covers so well, is an interception machine, but can also Hit hard and tackle is very Rare. Next year, kendricks slides to WIL where he belongs, Meco stays in the middle, and Manti becomes a helluva SAM. Notice Witten running wild all over the field on sunday? Manti is the answer. His intangibles are more important to our defense then any other players skill set that we could possibly draft.
        Manti has to be the pick..btw, Eagle will have the number 1 or number 2 pick in the draft. all the teams that we are competing with for draft position all play each other the rest of the way. all we need to do is keep losing! I dont want to hear how its a weak draft. There are always impact players in even the weakest draft. Number 1 pick means we can pick the best player from college, at any position that we want…dont devalue it, just because the draft isnt oozing with franchise qbs and running backs.
        All I know is that if we draft Geno smith/barkly, or the OT with our 1st pick, Im going to flip out! The wish list is as follows:
        1)Manti for the intangibles..can no longer witness a soft and gutless, tin man defense!
        2) Star Latulelie to pair with Cox and free him up a bit
        3)The cornerback whos name I cant think of, you all know who I am talking about, the 1st corner projected to go off the board… The combine will be really interesting this year to see who rises and who falls,,,everyone thinks Manti wont do well at the combine, but I have a feeling he will surprise people!
        I want to play like the niners next year! 2headed pound the ball run game, that sets up play action pass, qb throws 25 times a game, strong/stingy/punishing/opportunistic defense led by a strong LB core

        • Nik

          Anyone else notice how good Manti’s tackling technique is? Actually uses his arms properly

    • johnGiam

      only picks that make sense are manti, star, and jarvis(if we switch to a 3-4)
      we wont pick lower then 2! we wont win another game and the cheifs,jags,raiders,panthers all play each other the rest of the way

  • limodriver2750

    I also agree with most of above comments. While I normally cringe when the FO tries to act smarter and trade off their high pick, it appears that trading down for picks will benefit the Birds if there truly isn’t anyone in the top 5 that can help their immediate needs, which seems to be almost anywhere except RB.

    • Johngiam

      Just cause there is no Franchise QB in the draft, I think it’s. Mistake to devalue a top 5 pick. Drafting that high basically means you can pick the best prospect at whatever position you want. That’s nothing to sneeze at when you have major holes everywhere you look!…

  • The Guru

    Draft position (when you’re this bad) only matters if there are QBs worth drafting. The Eagles need so much help at so many positions it doesn’t matter whether they’re 1st or 6th.

  • http://twitter.com/PhiIs_Goodman Phils Goodman

    Joeckel is the player to target. Even if Peters comes back healthy, the Eagles have room for another tackle. Offensive line is a position that you constantly have to rebuild and the Eagles are not young there.

    • JohnGiam

      NO NO NO NO! Jockel is the best tackle in the draft, but he is NOT a top 5 Kahlil type of prospect…he is just the tallest midget in the room lol. The defense is light years behind the offense. It will be a mistake to retool this defense with a bunch of free agent mercenaries. this is the year we retool this defense in the draft. Draft a bunch of young, hungry defenders that can grow together and be molded into thephilly style of defense thatwe haven’t seen since Jim Johnson passed away

      • http://twitter.com/PhiIs_Goodman Phils Goodman

        Just watch him play, he’s extremely impressive. He shuts down blue chip SEC prospects week in and week out.

        “I think he is better than Joe Thomas and Matt Kalil,” one NFL GM said of Joeckel, comparing him to a pair of top-five picks who immediately started at left tackle in the NFL. “I have not seen all the tackles yet, but I would be shocked if there were a better tackle than (Joeckel). Just watch his bend, movement and athleticism ­— he’s fun to watch.”


        • GoBirds1

          Just ignore what that NFL GM says. JohnGiam knows all, just ask him.