The Philadelphia Eagles had a roller coaster of a year in 2016. The team started the year 3-0, and many in the greater Philadelphia area believed the team was headed back to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The team began struggling due to late game coaching errors, inefficiency at the wide receiver position, and poor play at cornerback on defense. While spiralling in a downward direction, at least they came to the conclusion that they had a franchise player to build around in Carson Wentz, and now all they need to do is acquire more pieces through free agency and the 2017 NFL draft.
The NFL draft has always been a place where teams retool their roster essentially on the cheap. Players coming out of college will not destroy a team salary cap wise, and often times young players play above their value. Each team has specific needs for their teams, and the Philadelphia Eagles biggest needs are: cornerback, defensive end, wide receiver, and running back. There are a lot of intriguing prospects coming out of the 2017 NFL Draft pool. Not every great college player though fits what the Eagles need, and this draft needs to help the team move in a positive direction.
Here are 8 players the Philadelphia Eagles should consider drafting and 7 players they should avoid:
15 Consider: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
The Philadelphia Eagles are in dire need of an every down running back, and Dalvin Cook would help fill one of the biggest holes currently on the Eagles roster. Cook is a versatile back who can do a little bit of everything on the field. He has the patience of a Le’Veon Bell to wait for blocking up front to open up running lanes, and he has the size and speed to be able to slip through the smallest holes and accelerate to the second level. He is also a viable receiving option at the next level as a guy who can catch balls out of the backfield or even line up in the slot if needed.
14 Avoid: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
The Eagles do need a running back, but Christian McCaffrey may not be the best fit for what they specifically need at the position. McCaffrey was a star at Stanford by doing a little bit of everything for his team. The Cardinal used him as a key player in the passing game, and he was the catalyst for their special team’s success as a return man. Philadelphia needs an every down back, and many see McCaffrey as a guy who can give a team about 10 carries a game. This will not help the Eagles fill the need of and every down running back.
13 Consider: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
12 Avoid: John Ross, WR, Washington
There is no doubt about it that John Ross has extraordinary speed, and he proved this by running a 4.22 40 yard dash at the 2017 NFL Combine. The Eagles with the 14th selection, are in need of a wide receiver. Before the combine, John Ross was thought of as a late first round and possible second round pick, and the Eagles would be reaching by selecting John Ross with their 14th pick. Ross was already known to have speed prior to the combine so it isn’t really feasible for him to move up draft boards just because he showed off his already known strength at the combine.
11 Consider: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
10 Avoid: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
9 Consider: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
8 Avoid: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
7 Consider: Haason Reddick, DE, Temple
Haason Reddick was thought of as a second day guy coming into the NFL Combine, but after an impressive showing he is sky rocketing up team’s draft boards and expert’s mock drafts into the first round. Reddick is so versatile in that he can rush the passer as a defensive end, play as an outside linebacker, and play in coverage as an inside linebacker. He was third in the nation with 22.5 tackles for loss in 2016, and that is a skill that every NFL team cannot get enough of.
6 Avoid: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
5 Consider: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
4 Avoid: Jabrill Peppers, LB, University of Michigan
3 Consider: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
2 Avoid: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
1 Consider: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
The position that the Eagles struggled the most at in 2016 was the wide receiver position, and who better to help with fixing their problem than Corey Davis the Division one all-time leader in receiving yards? Davis has the ability to play physical and be a deep ball threat. He has the size at 6’3 to be able to go up and get the ball, and he has the speed to be able to run under a long ball and beat his defender. Eagles receivers in 2016 were putrid in the red zone and at beating opposing corners. Davis had 19 receiving touchdowns in 2016 showing he can be a quarterback's best friend, and could be mentored by the Eagles newest acquisition Alshon Jeffrey on how to become an elite receiver at the NFL level.
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