Cheat Sheet: Eagles Day 2 Targets
Note: This post was updated after the second round.
The Eagles took Louisville OLB Marcus Smith with their first pick and now get three more selections on Day 2.
That includes one second-rounder (54th overall) and a pair of third-rounders (Nos. 83 and 86). Below is a list of potential targets when the draft resumes Friday night at 7 p.m. Note that this isn’t necessarily a “best available” list. It’s just a breakdown of guys who could be fits among the prospects expected to go off the board tonight in the second and third rounds.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss (6-2, 221) – One of the best size/speed guys in the draft, Moncrief ran a 4.4 at the combine. The measurables didn’t always show up on the field, although Moncrief showed flashes of big-time play-making ability. This would be a “projection” pick more than someone who could come in and contribute right away.
Jordan Tripp, LB, Montana (6-3, 234) – He called himself the most versatile linebacker in this year’s class. The Eagles had Tripp in for an official visit. Considered a fantastic athlete who holds up well in coverage, there’s a chance Tripp could go off the board on Day 2.
Trai Turner, OL, LSU (6-3, 310) – In a Rotoworld article, Lance Zierlein named Turner one of four offensive line prospects with elite feet. He will be a 21-year-old rookie and showed off great athleticism at the combine. The Eagles could very well wait on offensive line depth, but Turner is a nice developmental piece with high upside. He’s more of a third-round target.
Brock Vereen, Safety, Minnesota (6-0, 199) – Vereen is No. 91 on Gil Brandt’s big board. He’s a player with cornerback and safety experience. Vereen ran a 4.47 at the combine and started 32 games during his college career. There’s certainly a chance he could be available on Day 3.
Brent Urban, DL, Virginia (6-7, 295) – He played in both a 3-4 and a 4-3 in college. Urban lined up in a variety of spots on the defensive line and batted down nine passes last year. He’s a guy the Eagles probably have rated higher than other teams. Urban could be an option for defensive line depth in the third round. The other player to keep an eye on is Oregon defensive lineman Taylor Hart. But he is more likely to go on Day 3.
Kareem Martin, DL, North Carolina (6-6, 272) – Excellent size, length and measurables. Had 11.5 sacks last season.
Will Clarke, OLB/DL, West Virginia (6-6, 271) – Has defensive line measurables, but the Eagles had OLB coach Bill McGovern work him out. Could fit a hybrid role.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson (6-4, 211) – Ran a 4.42 at the combine and probably has the best size/speed combo of any receiver in the draft. But it didn’t always show on the field. Would be an upside pick.
Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood (6-1, 198) – He obviously didn’t play against top-level competition, but Desir made a name for himself during the pre-draft process and has good size/length.
Christian Jones, LB, Florida State (6-3, 240) – Played inside linebacker, outside linebacker and defensive end for the Seminoles. With 33.5-inch arms, he would have unique length for an inside linebacker in the Eagles’ 3-4. Jones reportedly failed a drug test at the combine. Could slip to Day 3.
Michael Schofield, OL, Michigan (6-6, 301) – Schofield is another really good athlete who has experience playing multiple spots on the offensive line.
Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice (6-0, 193) – Good size, and he ran the second-fastest 40 time among corners at the combine.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State (5-8, 205) – Has drawn Darren Sproles comparisons. Freeman caught 47 balls last year for the Seminoles.