Day 2 Eagles Draft Targets: 15 Names To Know

We’ve discussed the Eagles’ first-round options quite a bit in this space.

But there’s plenty of talent to be found on Friday and Saturday too. The Birds currently have a pair of Day 2 picks:  Nos. 35 (second round) and 67 (third round). They could acquire more if they trade down in the first round.

So here’s a list of 15 names to know. These are potential Round 2 or Round 3 options. Obviously, there’s plenty of guess-work involved since we don’t know who’s going to go in the first round, so consider this a starting point. I’m sure you all have names that I left off, so feel free to chime in with those in the comments section (as if you need any encouragement!).

Also, before we start, I wanted to pass along some helpful draft resources:

* The film room series with Greg Cosell, Adam Caplan and Fran Duffy.

* The Shutdown Corner podcast with Yahoo Sports’ Doug Farrar and Cosell.

* Mike Mayock’s top-100 on

* Daniel Jeremiah’s top-50 on

These are in no particular order:

EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State (6-5, 237) – Readers of Birds 24/7 know the name well. Manuel has been providing us with an insightful draft diary over the last couple of months. He has the physical attributes Chip Kelly is likely looking for in a quarterback, even if the college production didn’t always match the potential. Manuel has created a lot of buzz throughout the pre-draft process, and there’s certainly a chance he could go in the first round. But Mayock said recently he believes only one QB will go off the board Thursday night.

If the Eagles really like Manuel, they could consider using the 35th pick to trade back into the back end of the first round. The Jaguars could take Manuel at No. 33, but there’s a chance the Eagles could stay put and still land him.

Jesse Williams, DL, Alabama (6-3, 323) – We know the Eagles are in the market for versatile defensive linemen, and Williams falls into that category, with the ability to play nose tackle or the 5-technique. Cosell of said recently that he doesn’t see a major difference between Williams and Star Lotulelei. The problem? Williams might not last to No. 35. Several mocks have him going in the back end of the first round. One team to watch is the 49ers, who lost Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean-Francois in free agency. They’ve got picks 31 and 34, and could snag Williams.

Kyle Long, OL, Oregon (6-6, 313) – We’re going to find out just how much Kelly values familiarity. Long, of course, played for Kelly at Oregon and also falls into the versatile category, with the ability to play both guard and tackle. Another plus is athleticism, but Long has just one year of experience at the D-1 level, having transferred from junior college. He’ll turn 25 in December, but Long might not face much of a learning curve if he plays in Kelly’s system. There’s a chance he goes in the first round, but if not, Long would certainly be an option at 35.

D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina (5-10, 208) – The Eagles want to add toughness to a secondary that has looked soft the past couple of years. Swearinger is one of the biggest hitters at the position, but he’s not a one-trick pony. A four-year starter in college, Swearinger showed coverage chops as well. He’s not the tallest guy (5-10) and only ran a 4.67 40 at the Combine, but Swearinger could be the best Day 2 safety on the board, assuming Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro and Florida International’s Jonathan Cyprien are taken in the first round.

Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State (6-0, 192) – We mentioned yesterday that this is a deep and talented cornerback class. But it’s a need position for many teams, meaning we could see a run in the end of the first round. With his size (6-0) and speed (4.36 40), Slay might even hear his name called on Thursday night. But if he’s there at 35, the Eagles could pounce.

Margus Hunt, DL, SMU (6-8, 277) – If Kelly really likes long players on defense, he has to be intrigued by Hunt. A physical specimen, Hunt ran a 4.60 at the Combine and benched 225 pounds 38 times. Originally coming to America from Estonia with track and field aspirations, Hunt is still relatively new to the game and will be 26 in July. But he had eight sacks last season, blocked 17 (!!!) kicks in college and has a blend of length and athleticism that is unmatched. Hunt projects as a 5-technique in a 3-4 and figures to go off the board in the second round.

Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State (6-0, 241) – This time of year, analysts, scouts and others spend a considerable amount of time poking holes at very good prospects. But in doing my research, I really had trouble finding anyone saying anything negative about Brown, other than that he’s not the biggest guy. Bryce’s brother finished up a stand-out career at Kansas State and figures to be one of the first inside linebackers off the board. Cosell called him his favorite linebacker prospect overall. If the Eagles spend a second-round pick on him, it would fall in the “best player available” category. With Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans on the roster, they have starting inside linebackers in place. But they don’t have a lot of depth, and the Eagles could find Brown’s production and versatility appealing.

Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati (6-5, 255) – Let’s stick with the brother theme, shall we? The Eagles have done a lot of homework on tight ends, including Jason’s brother, Travis. Kelce had off-the-field issues at Cincinnati, and sports hernia surgery kept him from working out at the Combine. But on the field, he presents a versatile skill set, with the ability to block, make plays in the vertical passing game and rack up yards after the catch. He is expected to be a second- or third-round pick.

It’s a deep tight end class, and I didn’t want to include them all here as separate entries. But some other Day 2 guys to watch: Stanford’s Zach Ertz, San Diego State’s Gavin Escobar and Rice’s Vance McDonald.

Robert Woods, WR, USC (6-0, 201) – Wide receiver is an under-the-radar position to watch for the Eagles. They added Arrelious Benn in the offseason, and Jeremy Maclin is in the final year of his contract. Woods had 32 touchdowns in three seasons with the Trojans and caught 20 balls for 183 yards and three scores in three games against Oregon. Woods does not have elite speed (4.51), but he can probably line up inside or outside and has experience as a returner. He’s expected to be a Day 2 pick.

Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UConn (6-1, 195) – The Eagles signed Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher, who are 6-1 and 6-0, respectively. Wreh-Wilson is one of the longer cornerback prospects available, and he ran a 4.53 at the Combine. Could be an option in the second round.

Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Mississippi (6-3, 250) – If the Eagles don’t take Dion Jordan in the first round, Collins could be an option on Day 2. In addition to his height, Collins has long arms (33 3/4 inches). He had 20 tackles for loss and 10 sacks as a senior and tested well at the Combine (4.64 40, 41.5-inch vertical).

Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas (5-9, 183) – An elite athlete, Goodwin ran a 4.27 40 at the Combine and competed in the Olympics in the long jump, finishing 10th. He is not a polished receiver, but can use his speed in a variety of ways – catching the ball, running the ball and on special teams. Obviously not the biggest guy, but Kelly has to be intrigued by Goodwin’s speed and versatility. Tommy Lawlor over at has a good write-up on Goodwin and projects him to be a third-round pick.

Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (6-5, 306) -It’s not a deep class of offensive tackles, but Armstead possesses a good blend of size (34-inch arms) and athletic ability. His 4.71 40 at the Combine is the fastest time ever clocked by an offensive lineman in Indy. According to, Armstead got offers from D-1 programs, but wanted to participate in track and field also, so he chose Arkansas-Pine Bluff. There is obviously a projection involved with Armstead, given his level of competition, but he’ll likely go off the board in the second round.

Brian Schwenke, G/C, California (6-3, 314) – The question on the Eagles’ offensive line is at right guard. They could move Todd Herremans over and find a new tackle. Or they could simply add legit competition with interior linemen in the draft. Schwenke played against Kelly in the Pac-12 and tested well at the Combine, showing good athleticism. He can play guard or center and has a “mean streak” according to Cosell. Schwenke could be an option in the third round.

Dallas Thomas,OL, Tennessee (6-5, 300) – One more offensive lineman the Eagles could take a look at on Day 2. Thomas spent two years at tackle, before switching to guard his senior season. He was reportedly one of the team’s 30 official visits to the NovaCare Complex.

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  • Phils Goodman

    Solid list. Kelce, Manuel and Collins are three of my favorites.

    I would add Slylvester Williams, Menelik Watson and Da’Rick Rogers.

    • Geagle

      Gavin Escobar will be a bird

      • Richard Colton

        Here’s my 10 GG: Fisher, Jordan, Star, Darius Slay, DJ Swearinger, Kiko Alonso, Kyle Long, Jesse Williams, Mike Mauti, Matt Elam

        • Geagle


          • Tom W

            Mock above ..for first rd

            Eagles mock w no trade

            1) D. Jordan
            2) Pugh
            3) Escobar
            4) Kruger
            5) B. McGee
            6) D. Thomas
            7) Cal PA Safety

          • Richard Colton

            Solid. I love 1-2-3. None are reaches or “no chance they’ll be there” pics. I’d love it more if we took a run at Kiko Alonso or the Honey Badger in round four, but we’re picking nits at that point.

          • Tom W

            I thought about kiko hard trust me but saw Kruger’s potential as an athletic 5-tech. Plus Kruger is only 20 and has a tad more upside. I like the badger but we Boykin and I think they play the same position most likely.

            But I would also go on the record as saying I would have no problem w Jordan, Long, and Kiko in one draft — but I dont think Chip or Howie has the balls to do that unless we get great value where they fall.

          • Richard Colton

            as long as we cut the other Ducks LB on the roster. I’d say his name but I’m about to eat.

          • Geagle

            god , I cring everytime someone reminds me he is on our roster…hahaha he was drafted to start in a lockout shortened offseason and lead our defense…like are we kidding? bwahahahahahahah…Jim Johnson was probably cursing up a storm from his grave

          • GEagle

            Yeah I feel the same way…I would be happy to have Kiko, long and Dion..but I don’t know if they have the balls to do it…shockingly walterfootball has Kruger a your 7th round pick..I don’t thin, he last that long. I would love to load up on Dlineman starting round 5, Montari Hughes NT, AQUIRE a 6th and take Kruger, Dial in the 7th

          • Geagle

            I think the Badger will be a Ram

          • Richard Colton

            see…I thought about the Rams, but do you want two guys with severe character issues in the same defensive backfield? they took a chance on Janoris Jenkins last year. Think they’ll go back to the well?

      • Tom W

        1. Joeckel

        2. Fisher

        3. Floyd

        4. Jordan

        5. L. Johnson

        6. Miliner

        7. Warmack

        8. Nassib

        9. Austin

        10. Cooper

        11. Fluker

        12. Rhodes

        13. Mingo

        14. Star

        15. Richardson
        16. Hopkins

        17. J. Jones

        18. Watson

        19. Vaccaro

        20. Ogletree

        21. Lacy

        22. Cyprien

        23. Patterson

        24. T. Carradine

        25. Hayden

        26. T. Eifert

        27. R. Woods

        28. Werner

        29. G. Smith

        30. M. Trufant

        31. M. Hunt

        32. A. Brown

        Jordan, Star, Escobar, Pugh, Long, B. McGee, S. Commings, B. Jones, Cal PA safety, Kruger, V. McDonald

        • Geagle


          • Geagle

            Cliff, Rob, and whoever else…Im still waiting on your entries…
            I will post everyones results for both the round 1 mock, and the Ten Eagles name’s….Im just going to make them 2 seperate competitions(since results for the Eagles names wouldnt be ready til Saturday…

      • xlGmanlx

        I hope so!

    • I watched a special episode of Sportcenter where Slylvester Williams was highlighted, a program titled Sport Science.

      Williams has exceptional reaction times, and has good speed for his size, something in the range of covering 10 yards getting up to 16 mph and, he is a mountain of a man.

      This guys thighs were better than 32″ That’s a lot of mass closing in on a quarterback quickly.

      The damage he could do in a blindside hit to a Quarterback is criminal.

      • GEagle

        Sylvester will be a cowboy, if not I doubt he gets passed Denver

      • Phils Goodman

        He wears #92 and it’s not by accident that he reminds me of a poor man’s Albert Haynesworth (the younger version).

  • jdimagg55

    Add Matt Elam to the list. I’ll take him over Swearinger.

    Also, I’d target Logan Ryan, CB-Rutgers, in round 3. I’d also add Williams Goldson to the list of round 3 targets. Trade down in round 1 and get an extra 2. Draft Jarvis Jones in round 1. Elam and Long in round 2 (Hunt & Hopkns as backup plan), then Ryan in round 3.

    • Geagle

      Of course you would take Elam over Swearinger…but the question is would you take Elam at 35 instead of Swearinger at 67.

      • nicksaenz1

        Swearinger at 67.

        • GEagle

          Exactly….then again you could probably trade back 12 spots and still get Elam, but I don’t know that an extra 4th round pick is worth passing up on first round talent that will be available at 35

  • Joe Jones

    Looking at that list only makes me wanna trade down and get an extra pick in the 2nd or 3rd round…..lot of potentially really good football players there. Swearinger, Long, Williams, Slay and Kelce probably my favorites.

    • Bobby

      I couldn’t agree more. I think trading down is the only option at this point. Fisher would be nice to have but we can find some really quality players in those 2nd and 3rd rounds. This team needs lots of good players.

    • Peter Eichert

      I 2nd that

      • UKEagle99

        I’ll trade my 1st and I 2nd, 3rd & 4th that :-)

  • theycallmerob

    I love or like most of the names you listed, Sheil. You mention Long’s familiarity, but one big and familiar name you left off is Barrett Jones. Fits the whole versatile team we’re building, and knows Stoutland pretty darn well.
    Also, with regard to ILB…..big fan of Arthur Brown, but don’t think he’ll make it to us (some local Bmore media keep linking him to the Ravens, especially since McClain seems to miss that jail food too much to stay out). A different prospect I’m big on is Bostic, from Florida.

  • Mostel

    Keep EJ Manuel off of this roster please.

  • Mostel

    Where are Reid, Cyprien, and/or Poyer on this list?

    • Geagle

      me thinks Poyer will get converted to saftey in the Grover Quin mold….Reid and Cyprien probably wont make it to 35, Cyprien certainly wont

  • ICDogg

    I don’t think Cyprien will be out there.

    I really like Hankins.

  • h

    My 15 Top Day Two Players (no particular order)
    1. EJ Manuel (2nd Round)
    2. Kyle Long (2nd Round)
    3. Jon Banks (2nd Round)
    4. DJ Swearinger (2nd/3rd Round)
    5. Matt Elam (2nd Round)
    6. Damontre Moore (2nd Round)
    7. Jon Jenkins (2nd Round)
    8. Justin Pugh (2nd/3rd Round)
    9. Daruis Slay (2nd/3rd Round)
    10. Jon Bostic (3rd Round)
    11. Barrett Jones (3rd Round)
    12. Shamarko Thomas (3rd Round)
    13. Phillip Thomas (3rd Round)
    14. Da’rick Rogers (3rd Round)
    15. Kevin Minter (2nd Round)

    I’m hoping the eagles end up with at least 4 Day 2 picks, this is the meat of the draft. Of course, I would throw any player who slips into the second round on this list (justin hunter, jarvis jones, geno smith, desmond trufant, cyprien) but I think they will all be gone.

    If the Eagles could trade back to 12 and get Ezekiel/Warmack along with a 2nd and 3rd round pick I would be too happy.
    1: Ansah/Warmack
    2: Long/Manuel–depending on if they go OL first pick
    2: Banks
    3: Phillip Thomas
    3: Shamarko Thomas

    • h

      notice NO small WRs on this list and no TEs. we do not need to address those. i know goodwin is a god kick/punt returner, but honestly we have enough guys that can do that. the blocking and coverage on special teams has been the problem (we have addressed that some during the offseason). brandon boykin and damaris johnson were both great returners in college and i believe they can succeed with good blocking up front. it just seemed like none of the eagles backups have been motivated to play special teams the past few years. that will change this year

  • Jason N.

    Man talk about no love for John Hankins.

    If Jesse or Sly Williams isn’t available. I’d take Hankins in the 2nd.

    Eric Fisher and John Hankins would immediately help our offensive and defensive line immediately.

  • Jason N.

    Look at this. How can you possibly not consider drafting this guy in the 2nd round.

    Johnathan Hankins.

    Vs EJ Manuel.

    This is my final mock draft.
    (I’ve made some changes and added NFL.COM link to each prospect so you guys can check it out.) any comments are welcomed.

    1st round:
    Eric Fisher (OT)

    2nd round:
    Johnathan Hankins (DT/NT)

    Alternative #1
    Jesse Williams (DT/NT)

    3rd round:
    D.J. Swearinger (S)

    Alternative #1
    J.J. Wilcox (S)

    4th round:
    Darius Slay (CB)

    Alternative #1
    Logan Ryan (CB)

    Alternative #2
    Leon McFadden (CB)

    5th round:
    Chase Thomas (OLB)

    Alternative #1
    Kevin Reddick (ILB)

    6th round: Unavailable

    7th round:
    Earl Watford (OG)

    Alternative #1
    Jeff Baca (OG)

    7th round:
    Marcus Davis (WR)

    Devonte Williams (WR)

    Alternative #2
    Gerald Hodges (OLB)

    7th round:
    Michael Williams (TE)

    Alternative #1
    Dion Sims (TE)

    7th round:
    Dustin Hopkins (K)

    Alternative #1
    Quinn Sharp (K)


    • bentheimmigrant

      I’ve mainly seen Hankins projected at a mid-first pick. So that might be why they left him out?

      • Geagle

        I have seen Hankinsw Mocked nanywhere from #15 – early 3rd round. Hankins is a 1st round talent, and one of the players I would want the most in this draft, however I would only be ok with Hankins if we aquired an extra picks,,,As much as I like him, I want Dion in rd 1, which means we would have to adress RG in round 2, and even if Hankins is available in round 3, I need Gavin Escobar in that Round(and Kelce as a fallback option)….There are so many talented big bodies to have this year in round 4-7 that, I cant prioritize Hankins over OLB/OG/and TE…
        if we aquire an extra 2nd rounder, Hankins shoots at the top of my list, with Jesse as fallback #1, and Sly-dub as fallback #2….I would be however comfortable passing on Hankins, to get a guy like Brandon Williams, Montari Hughes, Kruger, Dial, later in the draft

        • h

          why does everybody want a TE??? that is probably the least of our needs behind RB. il take celek, casey, and harbor and move on. too many other important needs

          • GEagle

            Our coach values them, a d since its not Bout what we want, we might as well start looking at what Chip values..Harbor and Gavin Escobar are two very different quality is a career backup, the other has Jimmy Graham potential? Why do people want TE’s, cause we have watched midget recievers for long enough, and it makes sense to me to value a guy who can help on the Oline, while ALSO acting as a RECIEVER and redzone…it’s like drafting a RECIEVER and LineMan all rolled into one..makes sense to me…heck, if I could get value for Celek and Harbor, I would ship them both away and draft Kelce AND Escobar…and we would just be NASTY!!?.TE, a RECIEVER who will block for shady better than any RECIEVER….makes sense to me

      • Jason N.

        Probably that’s why. But with some many prospects who’s going to get over drafted. I feel like Hankins might drop down to us.

        Sly Williams and Jesse Williams is suppose to go before him. So if it work out that way, there’s a strong chance we’ll get Hankins.

        But do you like my mock draft?

  • JofreyRice

    Of this list, I’d be happy with
    Wreh-Wilson, Slay, T. Kelce, Woods, Swearinger, J. Williams, T. Armstead. I don’t see a fit for A. Brown, and I doubt he even makes it to the 2nd. He’s a 3 down guy that’s really explosive.

    I’d like them to steer clear of Marquise Goodwin & Margus Hunt. They are track and field guys that may or may not develop into a football players. I’d take them later, but I think you can get a better football player with a 2nd or 3rd rounder.

    Some other names I like in the 2nd/3rd

    Baccari Rambo – FS – UGA

    Jamar Taylor – CB – Boise St.

    Datone Jones – UCLA – DE – Probably fits best as a 4-3 DE, but they aren’t saying crap about the scheme, so I’m just listing players I like.

    Sio Moore – Violent linebacker with tons of versatility

    Markus Wheaton – WR – Oregon St. – Probably more a second rounder than third, but if they HAVE to add another WR, this guy is worlds better than Marquise Goodwin.

    Ryan Swope – WR – aTm – again, prefer his overall skill set to Marquise Goodwin.

    Ricky Wagner – T – Wisconsin