Eagles First-Round Draft Cheat Sheet

Kyle Fuller

Back for the third consecutive year is the Eagles’ first-round draft cheat sheet.

Below is a look at prospects who could hear their names called tonight. Will there be one or two surprises? Of course. But we’ll do the best we can with these 37 names.

They are split up into four categories:

Don’t count on it – These are the real longshots. The test is: Would I be legitimately surprised to see the Eagles land this player? If the answer is yes, they qualify.

If they trade up – These are players I could certainly see the Eagles having interest in, but only if they trade up.

The targets – These are the most likely candidates for the Eagles if they stay at No. 22.

Wild cards – These are players who didn’t fit into any of the first three categories for a variety of reasons.

Without further ado…



Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina – It’s important for teams to find scheme fits. But if you can’t find an effective way to use Clowney in your scheme, you might want to re-consider the whole coaching thing. At 6-6, 266 pounds, Clowney ran a 4.53 40 and is deserving of the “freak” label. In the Eagles’ defense, he would likely line up on the right side, pin his ears back and get after the quarterback. Of course, Clowney’s not getting out of the top five, so Billy Davis won’t have to “worry” about how to use him.

Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo – Mack (6-3, 251) would fill a need for the Eagles at outside linebacker. Mike Mayock ranked him above Clowney as the top prospect in this year’s class. Once again, he’s almost certainly going to be a top-five pick, and the Eagles won’t get close to him.

Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn – The 6-foot-5, 332-pounder has 35-inch arms and is considered a devastating run blocker. Robinson seems like a good bet to be one of the top five players taken.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson – There has been some buzz that perhaps Mike Evans will get taken before Watkins. That would surprise me. I have Watkins as the top pass-catcher in this class and don’t think it’s really that close. The 6-foot-1, 211-pounder ran a 4.43 at the combine and is electrifying with the ball in his hands. There’s no doubt in my mind that Watkins is a player Chip Kelly would love to coach. But he won’t get the chance. Watkins is going off the board early.

Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M – The cousin of Eagles linebacker Casey, Matthews is considered more polished than Robinson. He seems like a lock to go in the top 10.

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan – His top similarity score on Mock Draftable is Lane Johnson. So it’s fair to say the Eagles probably like Lewan (6-7, 309). But the Birds extended Jason Peters and drafted Johnson last year, so it makes no sense to look at tackles in the first round. Besides, Lewan will be long gone by the time they pick at No. 22 anyway.

Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina – It’s tough to figure out how much of a priority tight end will be for the Eagles. They took Zach Ertz in the second round last year and still have Brent Celek and James Casey on the roster. If the right guy falls to them on Day 2 or 3, maybe they pull the trigger. But Ebron’s not making it to No. 22, and he doesn’t seem like a logical trade-up target.

Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame – He’s a player I’m sure the Eagles really like. The reason? Versatility. Martin (6-4, 308) can play all five positions on the offensive line, according to Mayock. If the Eagles were picking in the top 15, I’d have Martin pegged as a realistic option. But at No. 22, he won’t be around.

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M – While the rumors have been good for talk-radio this week, I’d be legitimately surprised if the Eagles made a move for Manziel. I believe they have a first-round grade on him, and I think Kelly likes him. If he’s there at No. 22, things could get interesting. But I don’t see him falling that far, and trading up for Manziel makes little sense, considering the Eagles already have Nick Foles and have needs in other areas.

Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida – Much of what I said above applies. I believe the Eagles have a first-round grade on Bortles, but there’s just no reason to think they’d trade up for him.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville – Howie Roseman said last week that there was debate among the Eagles’ decision-makers about whether one QB deserved a first-round grade or a second-round grade. The guess is he was talking about Bridgewater. I don’t see him as an option at No. 22.

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State – Copy and paste the main points on the three QBs above.

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh – This one comes down to scheme. Donald (6-1, 285) simply doesn’t have a position in a two-gap 3-4. He’s a one-gap penetrator who will likely go to a 4-3 team and make a lot of noise as a rookie.

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama – Taking a tackle in the first round does not make sense to me on any level – specifically one without positional versatility. Eagles O-Line coach Jeff Stoutland coached Kouandjio at Alabama, but I don’t see him as a fit.

Jason Verrett, CB, TCU – If the Eagles aren’t willing to give Brandon Boykin a chance to play on the outside, they’re not going to give Verrett (5-9) one. The guess here is he’s not even on their board.

Ra’Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota – From a measurables and upside perspective, Hageman makes sense. He’s 6-6, 310 and has potential. But Hageman carries the “when he wants to be” label around with him. Based on what we’ve seen over the past year, it seems unlikely that the Eagles invest a first-round pick on a player who has football character questions.

Louis Nix, DL, Notre Dame – The 6-foot-2, 331-pounder would compete with Bennie Logan for the nose tackle spot. But I’m not sure he’s versatile enough to warrant a first-round pick. Nix also has some medical concerns that could cause his stock to fall.

Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska – Mayock believes he sneaks into the bottom of the first round. Other respected analysts think that’s insane. Jean-Baptiste (6-3, 218) has size, but has not been a consistent performer and will be a 24-year-old rookie. I would be surprised if the Eagles ended up with him, even if they traded down.

Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee – Pretty much the same thing I said about Kouandjio above. I just don’t see the Eagles using a first-round resource on a tackle.


Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA – I’ve yet to find anyone who thinks he’ll make it to No. 22. Barr (6-5, 255) has unique measurables and totaled 23.5 sacks in his two seasons playing outside linebacker. Physically, he has all the tools the Eagles are looking for, even though Barr is not considered a finished product. I don’t think the Eagles are going to trade up, but if they do, the guess here is that Barr is the most likely target.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU –  There’s been some buzz this week that he could be a trade-up target. There’s no doubt in my mind that Beckham is a player the Eagles will have high on their board. At 5-11, 198, he ran a 4.43 at the combine. Beckham is a smooth route-runner, can play inside or outside and adds value as a return man. Still, I don’t see a big gap between him and the guys who should be available at No. 22. So the guess here is that a trade-up for Beckham seems unlikely.

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M – I thought about including him in the first category. At this point, it’d be a surprise if Evans got out of the top 10. And I don’t see the Eagles being so bold as to trade up that high. I like Evans, but I don’t love him as much as others do. At 6-5 with 35 1/8-inch arms, he wins with size. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But Evans isn’t special athletically, and I’m not sure how diverse his skill set is at this point. If I’m the Eagles, I would not trade up for him. And I don’t think they will.


Marqise Lee, WR, USC – I’m tired of writing about Lee at this point. Taking into account who might fall and what the Eagles value, I think he’s the most likely candidate at No. 22. Lee tore up Oregon’s defenses in college. He’s dynamic with the ball in his hands, can play inside or outside and is physical. The problems? He’s only 6-0, 192 and ran a 4.52 at the combine. Lee also had issues with drops last year. Still, I think he has a chance to be special, and the Eagles are going to have Lee high on their board.

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech – Everything about Fuller screams “great fit” with the Eagles. He’s 6 feet, can play outside or in the slot, gets his hands on a lot passes, is a good tackler and was a team captain. Fuller would come in and start right away for the Eagles. Other teams might prefer a different CB in the first round. If Fuller were to fall to No. 22, he’d likely be the Eagles’ pick.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State – Kelly can never have enough toys on offense. Cooks (5-10, 189) has similar size/speed numbers to DeSean Jackson, but is a different player. He attacks the ball in the air, is physical and might be best suited for the slot in the NFL. He’s not yet the vertical threat Jackson is, but he does have that speed. Cooks is one of the three most likely candidates for the Eagles at No. 22, in my opinion.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Safety, Alabama – Based on what we saw with the Malcolm Jenkins signing, the Eagles are first and foremost looking for versatility from the safety position. Clinton-Dix’s measurables don’t jump off the page, but there seems to be little he can’t do. Under Nick Saban, the 6-foot-1, 208-pounder was asked to play deep, make plays against the run and man up against opposing receivers. If he slips to No. 22, it’s hard to see the Eagles passing, considering how much they’ve struggled to find adequate safety help in recent years.

C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama – A three-down linebacker who can play the run, cover and lead the defense is intriguing. Mosley (6-2, 234) would be able to contribute right away and eventually replace DeMeco Ryans. The question right now is his medical. If Mosley checks out on that front, he’ll likely be gone before No. 22. But inside linebackers don’t often get taken in the first round, and there’s at least a chance he’ll make it to the Eagles.

Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State – It’s tough to draw conclusions on what the Kelly/Howie Roseman regime is looking for after one year. But one thing I believe to be true: In the first round, they want guys with upside. Gilbert (6-0, 202) qualifies. He has size, length (33 1/8-inch arms) and ran a 4.37. His tape is not as good as the other top-tier corners. But if he falls to No. 22, the Eagles could bet on Gilbert’s potential.

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State – I struggled with where to put Roby. At 5-11, 194, he ran a 4.39 at the combine. From a measurables standpoint, only Gilbert is superior. But Roby’s performance in 2013 was not great. I think he could draw the Eagles’ interest at No. 22, but you could also make the case that he belongs in the “wild card” category.


Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State – A reader recently asked: What does Benjamin have besides size? Fair question. He’s not gifted athletically and ran just a 4.61 at the combine. But size is an asset, especially when wide receivers face man coverage and can go up and get the football. In my opinion, Benjamin would be a reach at No. 22, but if I said I knew exactly what Kelly wants at that position, I’d be lying.

Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana – There’s been some buzz that he could go in the first round. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder reportedly ran a 4.44 at his Pro Day. He has the size and physicality to out-muscle defenders when the ball’s in the air. In my opinion, he would be a reach at No. 22, but if the Eagles trade back, he could be the pick.

Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt – I don’t see him going off the board in the first round, but others like ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel disagree. Matthews (6-3, 212) ran a 4.46 at the combine and finished his career as the SEC’s all-time leader in catches and receiving yards. I like him for the Eagles at No. 54, but would be shocked if they considered him at 22.

Calvin Pryor, Safety, Louisville – In many ways, what I just wrote about Dennard applies to Pryor. His strength is delivering big hits and playing up in the box. But does he fit their scheme? Pryor’s measurables (5-11, 207, 4.58 40) don’t jump off the page. If he falls to 22, maybe they grab him, but that’s far from a certainty.

Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State – There are a couple reasons I don’t see the Eagles taking Dennard at No. 22. The main one is I believe another team that wants to play a lot of man coverage will grab him. But even if he’s there, I’m not sure he’ll be the pick. Dennard (5-11, 199) does not have great measurables. He has short arms (30 1/4 inches) and ran an unimpressive 4.51 at the combine. He could be a very good player in the right scheme, and I’m not ready to rule him out completely, but I don’t see Dennard landing with the Eagles.

Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State – We included him on our list of LB targets yesterday. Shazier is listed at 6-1, 237, but there have been reports that he bulked up significantly during the pre-draft process and played at a lighter weight last season. I’m not sure about scheme fit (Shazier might be best as a 4-3 WILL), but he’s off-the-charts athletically. If the Eagles trade down, Shazier could be an option. He’d be able to contribute immediately in sub packages and eventually take over a starting role.

Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame – He’s an interesting sleeper option. Tuitt (6-5, 304) has the measurables the Eagles want out of their defensive linemen. He had 20.5 sacks in 28 starts in college. The Eagles are in good shape at the DE spots with Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton, but if they trade down, Tuitt could be the best player available.

Joel Bitonio, OL, Nevada – If the Eagles trade down, he’d also be an interesting name. Bitonio (6-4, 302) has the ability to play all five positions on the offensive line and is special athletically. The Eagles need to get younger at guard, and they could be intrigued by Bitonio’s versatility. He might not go off the board until Day 2.

Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech – If you want a potential surprise move by the Eagles in this draft, maybe it’s that they take a tight end earlier than expected. They got one last year in Ertz, but Celek turns 30 after the season, and the Eagles can save nearly $4.8 million in cap space by releasing him before 2015. I’m not saying it’s likely, but if the Eagles trade down, maybe they take a look at the 6-5, 265-pounder.

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  • Rick H

    Let’s start the draft!

  • Glenn

    If they stay at 22, they will get a great WR, or a nice defensive piece such as Barr, Clinton-Dix, or Fuller. If they like Benjamin or Latimer, they can trade down and get another draft pick. No need to trade up. Lets get this show started!

  • cheapmeat

    Best pre-draft article I’ve read

  • Joe Thomas

    I like Mosley, but I see us taking a Wr or trading back. I wouldnt mind trading back a few spots to get an extra mid round pick.

  • Eagles1018

    Sheil you’re the dude.

  • Joe L

    “Lee tore up Oregon’s defenses in college.”

    I don’t really think this should factor into any decisions considering the amount of people who’ve accomplished the same feat.

    • Eagles1018

      I sure hope not

  • Joe Thomas

    Remember how long Christmas eve night was as a kid, well, welcome to draft day, where every hour feels like 3.

    • Eagles1018

      Me last night via twitter:

      @SheilKapadia homey it’s like Christmas is tomorrow…visions of a stud defender are dancing in my head

      • Joe Thomas

        Lol, exactly. That would be our red rider BB gun

      • Andy124

        You’re dreaming about dancing studs?
        Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

        • Eagles1018

          I literally had my thumb over the “post as eagles 1018” for like 10 seconds asking myself, “should I change my name to ‘guest’ for this one?” Eh, oh well.

    • Scott J

      Lets hope they don’t trade out of the first round!

      • Joe from Easton

        I’m getting the very eerie feeling that they will. I don’t think it’s a bad thing in terms of how our draft will break down, because I think they’ll get a high round two pick and still have a go at Latimer, A-Rob, or even a defender. I just would just be pissed to have to wait 24 more hours to see their first pick.

      • Joe Thomas

        Yea really, have to wait a whole nother day

      • SuM

        Looking at this first round there are two deep positions in terms of talent- WR & CB. The Draft is a crazy process, there is no doubt about that. I think a top 10 player can easily fall into the early 20 range if there is a run on other positions. If that player is one of the coveted OT, a guy like Ebron, Mosely or maybe even Bortles or possibly Manziel you could EASILY see a team like Jacksonville or Cleveland jump ahead of Cleveland at 26, and give us their second and extra picks this year, and next year if they think they can get their guy at QB, or make a move to secure a cornerstone type of player like is listed above.

        Wouldn’t mind making a deal like that at all. I think they are looking for a high impact guy on either side of the ball at 22. If we’re making a deal, we likely got a very good offer.

  • Greezy Neal

    Here is the trade i would like to see resurrected: Our 1 and Brandon Graham for Dion Jordan.

    If they pick 22, one of these guys should be available–Fuller, Pryor, Dix, Gilbert, Roby, Dennard, Barr, Mosely, Shazier–and any of them improve our defense.

    Hope they don’t go WR in first round. Chip’s offense will move the ball regardless. Best thing to help the offense is getting the D off the field more quickly. Reduce long time-consuming drives and the offense will produce more even without DJ. Would be more than happy with Matthews, Robinson, or Moncrief in R2 at WR.

    If the take Kelvin Benjamin, I am giving up my season tix.

    • WorldPh_ingChamps

      I agree with EVERYTHING you just said. I like all the “second tier” WR’s. The ONLY WR worth moving up for are Evans and Watkins, and fat chance of pulling that off. IF they are trading up a few spots, I want Clinton-Dix. The only corner I am sold on that high is Fuller. But I LOVE the Matthews, Robinson, Montcrief or even Lattimore pick in round 2….All are 6’2″ (or taller) with big builds AND can run. I like all of them OVER Marqise Lee who I think is over rated because of stats in 2011-2012 and playing in the defense-less Pac12…

      • knighn

        Thank you! I get a slightly nauseated feeling every time I hear about Marqise Lee going to the Eagles. Sure, he was productive in college but if a guy is going to be that short he’d better be faster, and if he’s going to be that slow then he’d better be bigger. Would rather have any number of guys before him, including Latimer. Wouldn’t be surprised, at all, to see some of those supposed 2nd-round WRs jump up to the 1st round, and vice-versa.

        • WorldPh_ingChamps

          I said the same thing about Lee on 24/7 post yesterday, that he’s a younger Avant. If you’re that short and only average speed, you’d better have Spiderman hands and run perfect routes, and Lee has questionable hands at best. Avant ran good routes and had great hands….

      • Eagles1018

        I concur. Also wouldn’t mind a trade up for Barr

    • Joe from Easton

      Then let me be the first to say, PLEASE draft Benjamin.

      On an unrelated note – need a buyer for those season tickets?

    • marqmeauxs

      i agree that 2nd-4th rnd is best for WR, but no one has been mentioning Martavis Bryant in the 2nd tier WR talk… at 6’4″ with 4.4 speed i think he is way underrated.

      • Andy124

        Regurgitation of what others have said alert:
        His measurable are great, but the production, skill and intangibles don’t live up.

  • B-West

    I think the current roster depth gets the ugliest the quickest at outside linebacker and wide receiver. I think the organization is much happier with the safety and cornerback situation than us fans. I’m not saying they love it, but I don’t think they view it as a dire situation.

    Anyway, that’s not saying anything new. What I’m getting at: I think the Birds go WR in the first AND second round. I don’t think the OLB value will line up, and they’ll be left with WR options that they like. 2 rounds, 2 WRs, that’s my bold prediction for the draft.

    • knighn

      That is very bold. I see them getting at least 1 WR in the first two rounds but not necessarily in both.

      • B-West

        Bold, but rooted in some thought… The depth behind the two starters is terrifying. Coop has just one bonafied season to his name. Mac is coming off knee surgery and is on a one year deal. Even if Celek and Ertz both see a ton of the field (which I think they will), Kelly still wants to rotate in, and get production from, the 3rd and 4th WRs. The strength of the draft is WR, and I believe they want to draft value. In the D-Jax aftermath, both coach and GM alluded to the depth of WR in the draft. Kelly is an offensive coach, and also a very smart guy. Instead of trying to catch Seattle and San Fran (the NFC road blocks for the foreseeable future) on the defensive side of the ball, why not zag (and play to his strength) and build an other-worldly offense?

        • Joe from Easton

          Yea I wouldn’t call this an out of the question sort of scenario. Things will have to fall the right way, but it could happen.

          I think the defense improved tremendously last year due to learning / familiarity with the scheme alone. Chip knows this and probably feels that they can ride with giving up 21-24 pts a game if his offense is a juggernaut. Last year they gave up over 22 points in only 5 of 17 games (including playoffs) and only one time was after week four (the saints in round one). Add another off season of learning plus a true leader on the back end and some corner depth and Chip probably thinks he can keep riding them to wins as long as his offense stays proficient.

          The only flaw I see is that we’re playing some of the best defenses in the league next year and 27 point performances won’t be a gimme against them.

          • B-West

            Man, you should have just left that as an omission….

            I love the draft every year, but this one is really intriguing for defining the Chip tenure. Is he going to look for balance and find some players for the defense? Or does he want a stacked offense to blow the doors off people, and he’ll patchwork the defense together with mid-tier guys?

            Part of me would like to see him keep adding weapons just to see all the stuff he can draw up.

          • Joe from Easton

            I can see Chip deciding to stack the offense some more this season and just fly by the seat of his pants on D. If something great happens, awesome. If it doesn’t, then we have a very experienced offense for his third year and then he can stack up the D.

          • Eagles1018

            Chip will do what he wants, the problem is those defensive juggernauts you mentioned (Sea and SF) aren’t exactly pushovers at offense either. And those teams will be good for the next 2 or. 3 seasons. Saints aren’t going away. Panthers, Cards, all good teams…offensively. We got our doors blown off by Minnesota last year. We put up a behind the arc shot against Dallas the first time we played them. Offense is not a sure thing even when you don’t play Sea and SF. It’s football… Period. These are the best players and coaches on the planet in this league. If you don’t sure up the defense (Chip not you) then you’re asking to lose. Facts are facts.

          • Eagles1018

            And the most glaring example of this theory is the broncos. Record setting offense, had an off day (mind you Seattle is clearly a tremendously talented team). But going into the off season they let a strong number 2 receiver and their starting rb walk…and signed Talib, TJ Ward and D Ware. Defense.

    • peteike

      could be right but there are some great lbs that go early 2 so if they trade down I think they go that route, or hope they do.

      • B-West

        If they trade back to early 2nd, what is the expected return in the trade?
        That would be about 15 spots… would they get a 4th maybe?

        • peteike

          Im not up to snuff on some of that value stuff. Id guess it would net us that other teams later pick and ya a 3rd or 4th. If we swap spots in 1st then 4th probably.

          • B-West

            Cool. I definitely like the idea of extra picks. I just don’t want to trade down for extra 5th and 6th rounders. If they could work out an extra 3rd or 4th, especially an extra 3rd, I’m with you on that.

          • Warhound


          • Warhound

            22 down to 33 should net a mid 3rd.

  • Leegles

    Defense wins championships. I’m sure Chip noticed how Seattle stopped Denver. I imagine the Eagles trade up for a key defender and snag a decent WR with their next pick. So of course they’ll trade Foles for a top 10 #1 and other picks, draft Watkins or Evans, and then move up again to draft Manziel. I’m sure Howie would love to pull a Hinkie tonight and trade the face of the franchise for future stars.

    • peteike

      crazy talk

    • Joe from Easton

      He’d be trading a lot of fans too. If they did this I’d have a jersey burning.

  • Greezy Neal

    And would love Pierre-Louis, the Boston College LB, as a late round pick. He’s a light OLB, so may not be everydown player. But his 40 and shuttle times were better than any of the top safety prospects. And produced big time in college. Could be a hybrid linebacker/safety for nickel or dime packages.

    • Eagles1018

      Draft profile?

  • greensoul

    Iggles are not taking a WR in the first round unless Watkins or Evans. This is all media hype because of Desean. They are gonna take bpa from line, linebacker of secondary.

    • Joe L

      Send a screen shot of their big board. It’ll be easier than explaining all the sources you have.

      • greensoul

        Dude, it’s just common sense.

  • Yes_General

    This feels like the year the eagles give up some conditional 2015 draft picks to aggressively attack this draft. Watching the seahawks win a superbowl with a 2nd year QB and solid Defense gives me hope. Personally i dont want us to draft a WR in rounds 1-2. That being said, if taking the best available player ‘that is within reach’ is the goal, then i support who ever the eagles trade up for in round 1. Because most likely it will be an impact player that will get plenty of first team reps. it makes more sense to stay at 22 and see who drops but anything can happen obviously.

  • igglesfaninportland

    Not one NT on the list of Wildcards or Targets. Im stuck on the Saints game since that ended our season lasty year.

    • Andy124

      I’d suggest getting over it. The run D was excellent for the bulk of the time Logan was manning the middle. N.O. was one game and had as much to do with play calling as it did Logan’s poundage.

      • igglesfaninportland

        Still trying to get over it. I like Logan fine but think he would be a better rotational guy. I just hope they get one NT in the draft even if he is the rotational guy but a real plug. Also hoping Logan put a few lbs on

        • Andy124

          I’m sure he’s putting on a few. And I’ve got no problem adding DL depth in the draft if that’s how the board shakes out. Preferably not in the first 2 rounds though.

  • Wes

    This is a grrrreat article to lead up to tonight – great job Sheil…I also read an article that Ha Ha desperately wants to get drafted by the Eagles and he said he’d want to be exactly like BDawk on AND off the field…that excites me

    • Andy124

      Is he going to start his own Wolverine collection?

    • peteike

      Ill be stoked if he drops to us. For once Id feel like this team has some depth and quality at the safety position.

  • Weapon Y

    I’d be shocked if one of the first two picks isnt a WR. There was no point in releasing Avant if they were going to release DeSean too…unless they plan to get another WR in the draft.

  • Uncle Wonder

    I am a major proponent of us trading down out of the 1st…but can you imagine how anticlimactic tonight will be if that happens? lol

    • knighn

      This is the one draft where I’ll be excited to see that happen. As long as they get fair (or better) trade value.

  • Will

    Six hours till the draft…

  • eaglefansocal

    Can’t wait for it to start. I have a very good feeling about what the Eagles are going to come away with since this draft is both very deep and very unpredictable.

  • Chris Jones

    If we can’t grab a defensive player I want to see cooks, Beckham or Robinson in an eagles uniform.

    • peteike

      trade down and grab OLB and ARob, Id be stoked

  • Bill

    Clinton-Dix will be a star in the NFL and i know they only have 6 picks but the eagles should take any means possible to end up with him.

  • Reddz Foxx

    Unless someone good falls I potentially seeing the Eagles trading out of the 22 spot and dropping lower to grab more picks. Lets face it there is maybe 16-18 decent picks excluding QB’s because they simply wont take a QB first round and all the 1st round talent will be gone and @ 22 it will be mediocre borderline 1st/2nd round talent left in which if your going to get a 2nd round guy in the first round you might as well trade down and get an extra pick somewhere in the vicinity of a 2nd and a 3rd and a provisional pick the next year for a late round 1st round.

    But I could be wrong but I just dont see anyone of value @ 22 worthy of a 1st round pick status.

    • Andy124

      If it makes you feel any better, this draft is consistently referred to as one of the deepest, most talented groups of players from top to bottom in recent history. Odds are there would be more than 32 1st round quality picks rather than only 16 to 18.

      But hey, consensus has been wrong plenty of times.

      • Reddz Foxx

        I agree its deep just as you can get a good player in the 2nd and 3rd round but I haven’t heard anyone say the 1st round was deep in talent and sometimes you have to listen to what people aren’t saying .

        I just dont see anyone worthy of a 1st round falling to 22 as Elite college athletes are first round material. At least no one that we would be looking for but the draft is later tonight so we will find out. Just hope we dont see Manziel at 22 and Chowie ( Chip & Howie) burn a pick on him.

  • Philly0312

    Awesome list. Love it.

  • Engwrite

    What a great analysis. So much better than a mock draft, though I read those too.

  • Eric

    This was a great article Sheil, I’ve printed it out and it’ll be my checklist as we work towards 22!

  • Greg Richards

    Perhaps I missed him, but if Bitonio is a wild-card I’d think Su’a-Filo would be one too.