PHILADELPHIA EAGLES NFL DRAFT PLAN OF ATTACK
CB, WR, LB, RB
FREE AGENT ACQUISITIONS:
LB Jatavis Brown, DT Javon Hargrave, S Rodney McLeod, S Jalen Mills, S Will Parks, CB Nickell Robey-Coleman, CB Darius Slay, QB Nate Sudfield
FREE AGENT LOSSES:
QB Josh McCown, RB Jordan Howard, RB Darren Sproles, WR Nelson Agholor, OT Jason Peters, OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai, DE Vinny Curry, DT Timmy Jernigan, LB Nigel Bradham, OLB Kamu Gurgier-Hill, CB Ronald Darby, S Malcolm Jenkins
ROUND 1 TARGETS:
CB CJ Henderson, CB Kristian Fulton, S Grant Delpit, WR Henry Ruggs III, WR Denzel Mims, WR Justin Jefferson, WR Brandon Aiyuk, WR Jalen Reagor, LB Kenneth Murray, LB Patrick Queen
ROUND 2 TARGETS:
WR K.J. Hamler, WR Tee Higgins, WR Laviska Shenault Jr., CB Jaylon Johnson, CB A.J. Terrell, CB Damon Arnette, LB Zack Baun, LB Josh Uche
ROUND 3 TARGETS:
WR K.J. Hill, WR Van Jefferson, WR Collin Johnson, WR Chae Claypool, WR Bryan Edwards, CB Amik Robertson, CB Cameron Dantzler, CB Troy Pride Jr., LB Malik Harrison, LB Troy Dye, LB Willie Gay Jr.
PLAN OF ATTACK:
The Eagles are a fairly easy team to predict what they may do in this Draft because their needs are so defined. In Round 1, they are almost assuredly going to grab a wide receiver. They’d love to see one of the big three, CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, and Henry Ruggs fall to them. While there is an outside chance of that happening, it is unlikely. The best they can hope for is LSU’s Justin Jefferson and that isn’t a bad consolation prize at all. Jefferson was a beast last season working out of the slot. He racked up 111 receptions, 2,415 yards and a whopping 18 touchdowns. With his size, speed, and route running ability there is no reason to think he can’t duplicate that production in the NFL early in his career. They have rumored to be enamored with Jalen Reagor so he’s a possibility as well. The Eagles could surprise and take a linebacker at pick 21. The only two worth grabbing here are Patrick Queen or Kenneth Murray. Either one of these guys could be impact players as rookies and can make plays all over the field.
The Eagles need to add some quality youth to their group of cornerbacks and could look to do that in the second round. This is a fairly deep cornerback class and there will almost assuredly be at least a couple of very talented players on the board. They could be looking at Auburn’s Noah Igbinoghene, Utah’s Jaylon Johnson, or Ohio State’s Damon Arnette. Igbinoghene would be a solid choice. He is still pretty raw, as he’s only played the position for a season or two, but wouldn’t need to be forced on the field early in his Eagles career. He could make his living as a rookie being the Eagles primary kick returner, which is something he excels at.
The Eagles could choose to grab their linebacker here in the second round too. They could stand to upgrade over Duke Riley and Nathan Gerry and could look at Josh Uche from Michigan. He’s a bit of a tweener as he could play with his hand in the dirt but has the athletic ability to drop into coverage. The Eagles could also go with fast-rising Willie Gay Jr. The tape on this guy is impressive, as he flies across the field like a wayward pinball on his way to making tackles.
In Round 3, the Eagles could grab the linebacker they need. Malik Harrison from Ohio State is a big downhill thumper whose coverage skills are improving. They could also look at Oregon’s Troye Dye. Dye has a long lanky frame, but also has top-end speed and can get sideline to sideline in a hurry. If the Eagles haven’t grabbed their wide receiver yet they could go with big Collin Johnson. If they haven’t grabbed a cornerback, they could consider playmaking Amik Robertson or big Cameron Dantzler.
A wild card option for the Eagles would be to grab a running back. They lost Jordan Howard in free agency and while they have promising Boston Scott backing up Miles Sanders, they could look for another bruiser. Zack Moss from Utah could be a nice fit. He’s got a thick, compact frame and is a violent runner. He’s also shifty and quick and can be an asset in the passing game.
Round 1: WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
Round 2: CB Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn
Round 3: LB Troy Dye, Oregon