This draft feels quite weird in comparison to previous years as we knew exactly what Chip Kelly liked in a player. I predicted 2 of the last 3 first round picks correctly, guessing we would draft Lane Johnson and Nelson Agholor when we did. I didn’t predict Marcus Smith but hey, who did?
This year feels really open, the Eagles could do a number of different things. By the time we pick, it’s pretty much guaranteed in my opinion that Laremy Tunsil, Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack, Joey Bosa and DeForest Buckner will all be gone. I wouldn’t be interested in Buckner if he’s there anyway as I don’t think he fits in this scheme.
Anyway seeing as I can’t really predict what will happen, here are my top 5 options for pick 8 if I was Howie Roseman.
- Myles Jack
I know I just said he would be gone by our pick but I think Jack is the one player I’d have absolutely no problem with us trading up for. I have him as the best player in the draft and I just think he will be a special player. His athleticism really is off the charts. I’m not sure if trading up for him is feasible, maybe you need to give up a 3rd and a late round pick to move up say 3/4 spots? If a team comes calling wanting to move down though, I would certainly go up and take Jack.
- Vernon Hargreaves III
Hargreaves is slightly undersized for an ideal number 1 cornerback, but he’s extremely athletic, is really fluid, has solid ball skills and is competitive as hell. I can just imagine Schwartz banging the table all night for Hargreaves, I just see him as a perfect fit for Schwartz and his defense. Hargreaves could sit and learn behind Rowe and Carroll for a bit too like Rowe did last year which would help him develop. Cory Undlin done a fantastic job with Rowe and Carroll last year and I think he could turn Hargreaves into a great cornerback.
- Ronnie Stanley
Stanley has come under a fair amount of criticism recently on Eagles twitter as many seem to be concerned with his ability to play guard this upcoming season. Honestly, I don’t care if he can play guard this year. We would be drafting him as a future starting tackle, not to play guard this year. If he plays his whole career at right tackle after Lane Johnson moves to left tackle, I’m okay with that. Many teams have elite pass rushers on both sides now so your right tackle better be very good too. I think Stanley could be a fantastic tackle in the NFL, his pass blocking particularly impressed me on tape. Also, Jason Peters only played 65.5% of the Eagles snaps last year. Assuming that trend continues, Stanley will probably play at least 30% of the snaps next year, if not more. With Peters health such a huge question mark, the Eagles backup tackle better be good.
- Ezekiel Elliot
Who wouldn’t be excited by Zeke at 8? I mean, he’s a stud and would immediately contribute in year 1. I do think RB is a position that you shouldn’t normally draft in the high first round. However, I try to focus on the player and not the position in general. I would have taken Gurley in the top 5 last year because I thought he was a generational talent. I had Gurley as the 3rd best player in last years draft. I don’t think Zeke is on that level, although he is excellent. If we don’t get Zeke, there are plenty of running back prospects we can look at in the third round or later that can contribute next year. Kenneth Dixon is someone who I’d love us to grab.
- Corey Coleman
If you’re okay with drafting Zeke at 8, what’s wrong with Coleman? Coleman is the best and most explosive wide receiver in this years class in my opinion. Coleman, Agholor, Matthews, Ertz and Sproles would give Bradford some really good weapons. I’m so bored of seeing Bradford play with mediocre talent, I just want to finally see him in a good offense. If he still plays average, then it makes it much easier to move on from him at the end of the year.
This is where I stand at the moment anyway. I’ll watch more tape as the draft approaches and my thoughts may change on some of these prospects but it’s unlikely to change dramatically.