Doug Pederson comes from the Andy Reid school of thought where bolstering the trenches is paramount. He spent last year's first-round pick on Derek Barnett despite already having Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry, so I don't think it's out of the question that he could opt for a talented defensive tackle to play in a rotation with Fletcher Cox and Timmy Jernigan. Both of those players stayed healthy in 2017, but what if that doesn't happen in 2018? It would be great to have a terrific insurance policy like Trenton Thompson.
Pick change; previously Kolton Miller, OT
Rd. 4, Pk. 31
Tony Brown, CB, Alabama
The scary thing about the Eagles' defense is that they have Sidney Jones returning from injury next year. However, Patrick Robinson is an impending free agent, so Philadelphia may want to add a cornerback.
Rd. 4, Pk. 32
Nyheim Hines, CB, N.C. State
Cris Collinsworth pointed out that the one thing the Eagles are missing offensively is a Darren Sproles-type back, so Philadelphia could spend a mid-round selection on that sort of player if Sproles retires.
Rd. 5, Pk. 19
Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin
Trey Burton is a free agent and could command a big price tag because of his potential. Brent Celek, meanwhile, is considering retirement. Here's their replacement if they leave.
Pick change; previously Allen Lazard, WR
Rd. 5, Pk. 32
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With Gareon Conley's off-the-field issue, I'm not sure there is a corner who Philadelphia would value at No. 14. Thus, the Eagles could change course and add a pass-rusher. Here's an edge rusher they've hosted who could rush across from Brandon Graham.
In 2016, Barnett recorded 56 tackles with 19 for a loss, 13 sacks, two forced fumbles, five passes broken up and one interception. Sources view Barnett as a smooth pass-rusher who has some natural pass-rushing skills for the pros. Barnett can fight his way through blocks and close on the quarterback. The best traits that Barnett illustrates are an ability to sink his hips and dip under tackles to get leverage in chasing down the quarterback.
Barnett racked up 69 tackles with 12.5 for a loss and 10 sacks in 2015. He notched 10 sacks alongside 72 tackles with 20.5 tackles for a loss as a freshman. Barnett (6-3, 259) is a solid run defender with room for improvement.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
The Eagles grab a feature running back who is a great fit for Doug Pederson.
Kamara is a super-hot prospect in scouting circles and is going to keep rising throughout the leadup to the 2017 NFL Draft. Some sources say they wouldn't be surprised if Kamara ends up getting Thursday night consideration in the middle to back half of the first round because he is such a versatile, explosive play-maker.
The 5-foot-10, 214-pounder has a strong build with impressive speed. He is a dynamic receiver out of the backfield who also gives defenses a lot of problems running routes from the slot. Kamara has soft hands and is a superb route-runner. He also is a dangerous weapon on special teams with returning kicks. In my opinion, Kamara is a lot like Jamaal Charles; a comparison sources have agreed with.
In 2016, Kamara averaged 5.8 yards per carry for 596 yards and nine scores. He also took 40 receptions for 392 yards and four scores, plus was a threat as a punt returner. In 2015, Kamara averaged 6.5 yards per carry for 698 yards with seven touchdowns. He showed his skills in the passing game with 34 receptions for 291 yards with three scores.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
Philadelphia could use more long-term receiving talent and has shown interest in Godwin.
Godwin had an electric end to the 2016 season with a tremendous Rose Bowl performance against USC. He made nine catches for 187 yards with two touchdowns - both scores came against Trojans cornerback Adoree' Jackson. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Godwin is a smooth receiver who has some quickness while not being undersized. The junior totaled 59 receptions for 982 yards with 11 touchdowns in 2016 and decided to skip his senior year on those numbers. After a blazing fast 40 time at the combine, Godwin should end up being a second-day pick.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
The Eagles could use multiple cornerback upgrades.
In 2016, Sutton recorded eight tackles with one pass breakup and an interception. His season ended during Week 3, when he broke a bone in his ankle. Sutton has decent size, quickness and instincts. He prevents separation, but needs to get better at playing the ball. The 5-foot-11, 188-pounder is a physical defender who plays with a chip on his shoulder.
Sutton totaled 28 tackles, one interception and six passes batted in 2015. He was excellent for the Volunteers in 2014, recording 37 tackles with three interceptions, 13 passes broken up and four tackles for a loss for the year. Sutton was a superb freshman cornerback in 2013 while recording 39 tackles, seven passes broken up and two interceptions that season.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech
The Eagles could take multiple wide receivers from this class as there is good mid-round depth.
Ford totaled 79 receptions for 1,094 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016. The 6-foot-1, 194-pounder had a breakout sophomore season with 75 receptions for 1,156 yards with 11 touchdowns. He also contributed as a freshman with 56 catches for 709 yards and six scores.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Cole Hikutini, TE, Louisville
The Eagles grab some tight end depth.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Jalen Robinette, WR, Air Force
The Eagles could use multiple wide receivers.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Malik Golden, SS, Penn State
The Eagles hosted Golden and could use some safety depth.
Biggest needs: OT, RB, LB
Jason Peters suffered an ACL and MCL tear in 2017, not to mention he will be 36 when the 2018 season begins. Whether Peters returns or not, the Eagles should be thinking long-term about the tackle spot, and that means drafting a quality right-tackle prospect like Miller and shifting Lane Johnson to the left side.
The Eagles could use a more young talent at offensive tackle given the age of Jason Peters. Philadelphia could draft a right tackle like Brown, which would let the team move Lane Johnson to the left side. <br> <br>
Brown (6-8, 360) is a massive blocker who was a physical blocker for the Sooners. He opened a lot of holes for Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine in 2016. Brown did the same for others as a starter over the past few seasons. Brown can use his strength and physicality to toss a lot of defenders to the ground as he can be a flat-out bully on the field. However, he needs to improve his pass protection for the NFL. Some team sources say they don't see Brown as a first-rounder; they think he will be a second-round pick and a starting right tackle at the next level. He also could be a big guard, but his height is less than ideal for throwing lanes on the inside.
Trade: Tennessee Titans trade this pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the 28th pick and a 4th round pick (currently #125)
Sorry, Eagles fans. I'm not hopeful for your team with Nick Foles. That said, I'd be perfectly content if he proved me wrong and threw this in my face. The Eagles appear set with Lane Johnson at right tackle, but Jason Peters will turn 36 in a couple of weeks and has trouble staying healthy these days. Could be time to find a bookend to protect Carson Wentz for 2018 and beyond. The Western Michigan product has great athleticism and still has a lot of room to grow as a player.
I am pretty sure I will have the Eagles drafting a running back with their first pick all season long since they sorely need to find a back to pair with Wentz. I doubt the undersized Donnel Pumphrey will stabilize anything since they already have two undersized backs in Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood who provide the same skill sets. Plus, the constantly injured Ryan Matthews is on the cusp of being cut. The signing of LaGarrett Blount is just a way for them to get those red zone touchdowns, but in New England he was not even that great at doing that. Instead, drafting Guice is a fantastic option. To me he looked a world better than Fournette last season with his better speed and pass catching ability. Now with a full season without the overhyped Fournette in front of him will place him squarely in the first round.
Last Weeks Selection: Derrius Guice RB LSU at Pick # 13
Kiko Alonso won't cut it being the Eagles anchor, but they address that issue in FA and instead select one of the top corners in the draft in Alexander. Alexander teams up with an already young secondary and should provide security for the next couple of years