The Eagles are very likely to trade down. I mentioned that the Seahawks don't pick again after the first round until No. 120. The Eagles won't be on the clock following this choice until No. 130!
Philadelphia's trade-down target might just be Sony Michel. Running back is a need, as Jay Ajayi, an impending free agent in 2019, has durability concerns. Plus, Michel seems like he'd complement Ajayi extremely well in 2018. The Eagles would be able to use Michel as their third-down back right away, as they value his pass-protection ability.
*** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Derrius Guice, RB - If the Eagles stay put, Guice could be their target.
2. Mike Gesicki, TE - Another trade-down option for the Eagles, who need to replace Brent Celek.
Rd. 4, Pk. 30
Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan
The Eagles could stand to add some depth for their blocking, as they'll need a new left tackle once Jason Peters retires.
Rd. 4, Pk. 32
Chris Herndon, TE, Miami
Trey Burton signed a big contract with the Bears, so here's a replacement.
Rd. 5, Pk. 19
Deadrin Senat, DT/NT, South Florida
The Eagles may not have Michael Bennett available next season, depending on what happens in the case against him. Here's an insurance policy.
Rd. 5, Pk. 32
Jamil Demby, OT, Maine
Here's more offensive line depth for the Eagles, as Doug Pederson has learned from Andy Reid that you can never have too many quality blockers.
Rd. 6, Pk. 32
Jermaine Carter, OLB, Maryland
Given Jordan Hicks' injury history, the Eagles need to add some depth at linebacker.
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.
More of the same here as the rich continue getting richer. Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley seems to be a really big fan of Derrius Guice and the team appears to be showing a lot of interest in the LSU back. Running back may soon be a bigger need for Philadelphia than some realize as Jay Ajayi is set to hit free agency after the 2018 season. Adding Guice would give them some options. There's no question that Guice is a powerful running back who has enough speed to take it the distance, but one area where he may be a bit underrated is as a pass catcher. He did catch a few passes in 2017 for LSU, something he wasn't doing at all in his first two seasons there. Then at the LSU pro day, he was looking smooth catching passes in drills. The Eagles reportedly have a first round grade on Guice, so they may view him as the best player available in an instance like this where he is still on the board. Trading back is also an option here if the Eagles want to get some draft capita back that they lost in trades bringing Carson Wentz and Ronald Darby to Philadelphia. As a result of those trades, the Eagles do not have any second or third round picks to make this year barring a trade back.
The defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles undoubtedly look to repeat last year's results by returning to the big game for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. The Eagles, of course, have a very complete roster without any glaring needs among the starting positions. The team looks to welcome cornerback Sidney Jones after redshirting his rookie season and has brought in wide receiver Mike Wallace, defensive end Michael Bennett, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, and tight end Richard Rodgers in free agency. The biggest subtraction for the team this offseason was offensive coordinator Frank Reich leaving to become the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
General manager Howie Roseman and head coach Doug Pederson can look to add a developmental talent with high upside or a player who can become a starter beyond the 2018 season since they do not need an immediate impact player. The duo's top two biggest fears occurred last season; first with the injury of quarterback Carson Wentz and next with the tearing of Jason Peters' ACL and MCL. Fortunately for them, Nick Foles played good enough to win a Super Bowl even without the protection of Peters on his blindside. With Foles as an insurance plan at quarterback, the Eagles can look to find the future of the left tackle position with Peters' future in question on a one year deal through 2019. Offensive tackle Kolton Miller could redshirt his rookie season and learn behind well performing veterans in Peters, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, and Lane Johnson, then take over the blindside after the 2018 season allowing Vaitai to stay at the swing tackle position. Miller was the blindside protector for Josh Rosen at UCLA and stands tall at 6'9" and 310 pounds. Miller ran a 4.95 40 yard dash at the combine, and although may display stiff hips and lateral movement at this stage in his career, a year of improvement in his technique may allow his physical traits to blossom where he could be an pro bowl tackle at the profession level.
The Eagles grab a weapon for their offense and a player who could help protect the health of Carson Wentz. <br> <br>
The 5-foot-11, 214-pound Michel averaged 7.9 yards per carry in 2017 for 1,227 yards with 16 touchdowns. Michel has a ton of fans in the scouting community and was receiving second-day grades during the fall before his tremendous finish to the season that put him in contention to be a first-round pick. One general manager told me they think Michel could go late in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Aside from being a quick back capable of ripping off long runs, Michel showed well in the passing game as a receiver and blocker during his collegiate career. Michel has starting potential for the NFL with speed, strength and versatility. He also enters the pros with less wear-and-tear after splitting carries with a variety of backs at Georgia. <br> <br>
Michel played well in 2016 while serving as the backup to Nick Chubb. On the season, Michel took 152 carries for 840 yards - a 5.3-yard average - and four touchdowns. He also had 22 receptions for 149 yards.
The Eagles roster is stacked with few holes and needs to address. Areas they could look into are offensive line depth, MLB, TE and CB. These aren't even desperate needs, i suggest offensive line depth due to injuries such as the Jason Peters one last year, same reason for MLB after Jordan Hicks went down last year, TE due to the loss of Trey Burton to the Bears but they even picked up Richard Rogers in free agency.
Finally cornerback because they have a lot of similar build and stature guys at that position. Saying that, they have Sidney Jones playing this year who was a first round talent last year who dropped due to an injury.
Therefore i elected to go with Connor Williams, a Tackle at Texas but most view him as a guard in the NFL. Connor can provide depth at the position and learn from a highly experienced offensive line.
The Eagles may not re-sign Ronald Darby, and if they don't, they will need a replacement. Here is a similar cover corner with great speed and a tremendous ability to run the route and prevent separation. Philadelphia has shown interest in Jackson as well. <br> <br>
Jackson is a bit of a love/hate prospect as some scouts say they see him as a first-rounder and others think he belongs on Day 2 because of playing discipline and size. However, all the scouts say Jackson is extremely fast, so he will be a good matchup corner to line up against speed receivers. The 5-foot-10, 178-pounder is athletic to run the route and prevent separation, but he is a gambler and could stand to play with more discipline for the pros. Scouts tell me that Jackson is talented, but has a ton of issues to work on, and that might include some hard lessons versus pro receivers. Still, he has great speed and serious coverage skills to run the route and prevent separation. Jackson is a track star and is expected to run an eye-popping 40 time that could push him higher. The scouts who like Jackson compare him to Janoris Jenkins, and Jenkins would have been a first-rounder had it not been for off-the-field issues. <br> <br>
Jackson had 49 tackles with 10 passes broken up and an interception in 2017. As a sophomore, he recorded 39 tackles with eight pass breakups and two interceptions.
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Rd. 2, Pk. 17
Dallas Goedert, TE
Howie Roseman is kicking everyone's a**. After ruining the Giants' plans by giving Lamar Jackson to the Ravens, he moved ahead of the Cowboys, who were desperate for a tight end in the wake of Jason Witten's retirement, for the final second-round tight end. Actually, Dallas Goedert could have arguably been a first-round selection, so I love this selection. Goedert will replace the departed Trey Burton and Brent Celek as the second tight end in Philadelphia's two-tight end offense.
Rd. 4, Pk. 25
Avonte Maddox, CB
Avonte Maddox makes sense as a fourth-round pick, and he should be a logical fit for the Eagles, who needed someone to cover the slot in the wake of Patrick Robinson's departure. Maddox is a short corner, but he's very athletic and has high upside.
Rd. 4, Pk. 30
Josh Sweat, DE/3-4OLB
There was a slight pause while we were waiting for this pick, so I thought about what it could be. I said aloud, to no one, if it's Josh Sweat or Maurice Hurst, I'd give them an instant A+. I'm a man of my word. Sweat is a dynamic player who could have gone in the first round had he not dealt with injury issues. Maybe he never plays well because of his problems, but his upside is stellar, and he could become a terrific pass-rusher in the pros.
Rd. 6, Pk. 32
Matt Pryor, OT
It makes sense that the Eagles would use a late-round pick on tackle depth, given that Jason Peters' career will end soon. I would have gone in a different direction, however, as Pryor has some major motivational issues. Unless he turns his attitude around, he won't make it in the pros.
Rd. 7, Pk. 15
Jordan Mailata, OT
Speaking of swinging for the fences, that's exactly what the Eagles are doing with this pick. Jordan Mailata is a former rugby player; he's a 345-pound guy who moves around pretty well. He impressed at a pro day in Florida, so the Eagles opted to draft him. Mailata obviously needs to learn football, so perhaps he'll be ready to compete for a starting job once Jason Peters retires.