Day 2 Targets For the Eagles
The first round is in the books. The Eagles are scheduled to have two picks tonight: Nos. 52 (second round) and 84 (third round).
Below are potential targets to keep an eye on.
UPDATED FOR THIRD ROUND ONLY:
T.J. Clemmings, OL, Pittsburgh – He began his college career as a defensive end, but made the switch to offensive tackle two years ago and was a team captain in 2014. Clemmings (6-5, 309) has great measurables (35 1/8-inch arms) and tested very well at the combine. He doesn’t have experience playing guard, but Clemmings could start his career there and then transition to tackle. Not sure why he’s still on the board.
Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia – He had 15.5 sacks the past two seasons and tested very well athletically at the combine. At 6-3, 247 pounds, he could be an option in the third round.
Danielle Hunter, OLB, LSU – If the Eagles want a freak athlete, Hunter (6-5/252) fits the bill. He had 17 tackles for loss last year and would be a scheme fit. The problem? Hunter is not proven as a pass-rusher with just 4.5 sacks the past two seasons.
Derron Smith, S, Fresno State – I’m surprised we haven’t heard him linked to the Eagles. Smith is not the biggest guy, but per NFL.com, he has excellent man cover skills and good ball skills when playing center field. Smith did not participate in the combine as he recovered from sports hernia surgery. Maybe there’s a medical issue. Maybe he doesn’t fit their size requirements. Or maybe the Eagles are interested in Smith, but it hasn’t been reported.
Henry Anderson, DL, Stanford – Defensive line is not a need position for the Eagles, but Anderson (6-6/294) fits what they’re looking for out of their two-gappers. He’s got the Pac-12 thing going for him and is considered a high-character prospect.
Daryl Williams, OL, Oklahoma – He played tackle in college, but Williams (6-5/327) could have some positional versatility in the NFL. The Eagles showed pre-draft interest in Williams, and he could be an option the third round.
Adrian Amos, S, Penn State – Amos (6-0/218/4.56) filled a variety of roles for the Nittany Lions. He can play safety but also has experience playing corner and nickel. The Eagles reportedly had him in for an official visit and also worked Amos out at his high school recently. He could be an option in the third round.
Alex Carter, CB/S, Stanford – He played cornerback for the Cardinal, but could be a candidate to transition to safety in the NFL. Mayock has him ranked as the No. 5 safety in this year’s class. Carter (6-0/196/4.51) has good length and was a three-year starter for David Shaw. Measurables, versatility and played in the Pac-12. Could be an option in the third round, or could last until Day 3.
Josh Shaw, CB/S, USC – He has a few things going for him. The measurables (6-0/201/4.44) are good. He has experience playing corner and safety. And he is a Pac-12 product. On the other hand, Shaw has that bizarre tale on his resume where he lied about saving his drowning nephew. It’s quite possible he’s not a #culture fit, but maybe the Eagles take a look. He might still be around on Day 3.
Carl Davis, DL, Iowa – He has the size (6-5/320 with 34 5/8-inch arms) the Eagles covet out of their defensive linemen. Again, this is not a need area for the Eagles, but if Davis falls, maybe he’s their best available player.
Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB, Louisville – Outside linebacker from Louisville? Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Mauldin (6-4/259 with 33-inch arms) fits the prototype as an outside linebacker in the Eagles’ scheme and is considered a high-character prospect. He could be an option in the third round or on Day 3.
Note: I didn’t include any wide receivers because it seems highly unlikely that the Eagles would go that route following their selection of Nelson Agholor. But here are the to pass-catchers available: Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong; Auburn’s Sammie Coates; Georgia’s Chris Conley; Florida State’s Rashad Greene.
Also, I don’t think they’re taking a QB, but Brett Hundley, Bryce Petty and Garrett Grayson are all still on the board.