If Desmond King along with Vernone Hargreaves gives Tampa the best corners in the NFL then I would pass and I am also confused on how that is a luxury pick. The best DT, RT, or safety prospect will be better.
I'm confused about this trade, but the one thing that is clear is that Philadelphia will be selecting a quarterback No. 2 overall. The Eagles have been linked to Wentz, and it's become apparent that the Rams' preference is now Goff after liking Wentz earlier, so Philadelphia will get its man for sure.
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1. None - It's 99.9-percent certain that Wentz will be the pick.
Rd. 3, Pk. 16
Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
Ryan Mathews is one of the few Chip Kelly experiments who still happens to be on the roster. I don't expect that to last much longer.
Rd. 5, Pk. 14
Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
TThe Eagles are moving back to the 4-3 - strange that they even switched to the 3-4 in the first place - which means they'll need more defensive linemen for depth purposes.
Rd. 5, Pk. 25
Spencer Drango, G/OT, Baylor
The Eagles are desperate for offensive line help, but they may have to wait a while, due to a lack of picks.
The Eagles gave up the farm for Carson Wentz, and I think developing him as a backup will be good for his long-term success.
In 2015, Wentz completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,669 yards with 16 touchdowns and two interceptions while missing six games with a broken wrist. He also had four rushing touchdowns. Sources say that Wentz (6-5, 233) is a prospect who has everything you want in a potential quarterback. He demonstrated that at the Senior Bowl with a strong week that showed off his arm talent. At the combine, Wentz was the most impressive quarterback at throwing the ball.
Multiple teams have told me they had given Wentz a high first-round grade and think that he is the real deal. They say that Wentz has a good arm, size and athleticism, plus they love him off the field. They like his pocket presence, field vision, experience under center, ability to make play calls in the huddle, and potential to grow in the NFL. They also believe that Wentz will fill out his frame in a NFL strength and conditioning program. Scouts from multiple teams have raved about Wentz on and off the field with his play recall and football I.Q. Sources said the big challenge for him will be the drastic change in the speed of the game coming from North Dakota State's opponents compared to the NFL.
As a junior, Wentz completed 64 percent of his passes for 3,111 yard with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. He had six touchdowns on the ground.
Rd. 3, Pk. 16
Alex Lewis, OT, Nebraska
Philadelphia could use a tackle to develop behind Jason Peters. Lewis could start out at guard.
Lewis had some struggles with some good edge rushers, but he has some talent to develop. The 6-foot-6, 312-pounder has some size to him with length. At the East-West Shrine though, he had a mixed week. Lewis looked very good at times, and lost on other plays. Thus, he is more of a developmental project.
NFL.com/My Comparison: Blake Bortles
12th Passing Yards
21st Passing Touchdowns
10th Completion Percentage
Stupid....need I say more. Why have a $7 million backup when you can have a $20 million backup. I don't understand the need to give up this much to move up to draft Wentz. Bradford was no Drew Brees, but he was a solid QB in Kelly's system and I really thought that Bradford could be a Alex Smith type in his system and for a while I had them picking Elliott and thought that they just were playing the game and leading teams on, but jumped everyone to draft Elliott and have him play a Jamal Charles role. I personally hope Bradford does get to get out and go to the Broncos and spends the next 5 years contending in the playoffs, while the Eagles plays QB roulette.
With a body type that is as prototypical as they come and a background in reading the entire field and working through progressions, Wentz will immediately check a couple of boxes that many college quarterbacks won't be able to check. While his arm strength is OK, he can still make all the throws and he can make them with accuracy. His ability to escape pressure and pick up first downs with his feet will be yet another check mark in his favor. Wentz is still in a developmental phase after just two years at an FCS program, but has the mental and physical building blocks of a future, franchise quarterback.
It may took years to undo the damage that Chip Kelly did to the Philadelphia Eagles during his short tenure, but the Eagles don't have time to sit around, no matter how bad the NFC East is. The Eagles have wasted little time this offseason, jettisoning big Chip Kelly pickups in DeMarco Murray, Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonson. Now in the aftermath of the Kelly experiment, the Eagles are back at square one. Owner Jeffrey Lurie knows the fans want nothing short of a Super Bowl championship, and new head coach Doug Pederson will have a tall task ahead of him. With the Eagles locking up quarterback Sam Bradford with a two-year, $36 million deal, the Philadelphia front office will be able to address other needs come draft day. Philly fans shouldn't worry, considering Pederson was able to turn Alex Smith into a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback. After shipping away the disastrous DeMarco Murray to the Titans, the Eagles running back position is far from set in stone. While Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles are both above average options, there's no reason to doubt the new Eagles regime would like to add their own running back, rather than holdovers from the Kelly era. At 6"0 and 225 pounds, Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott is the draft's top running back prospect, and will be there for the taking when the Eagles are on the clock. During his three seasons at Columbus, Elliott made a name for himself as one of the most dominant backs in the country, totaling nearly 4,000 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns, not to mention over twenty games with 100 plus yards. The former All-Big Ten player is a true workhorse back who looks like a carbon copy of Frank Gore, which will cause scouts and executives alike to drool over him. While Elliott's arrogance and confidence may be seen as a deterrent, Elliott is simply too talented of a back to pass up on, even in today's pass-dominated league. Adding Elliott to the mix will certainly take a lot of pressure off Sam Bradford in 2016.
Unfortunately, I think the Eagles will take Lynch here. Goff will have just evaporated from their fingertips and they will panic. Lynch has every physical trait you'd want in your starting QB, but he is nowhere near pro-ready. He has trouble with progressions and route-anticipation. Both are essential things for a starting NFL QB. I'd rather see him go in the twenties, but in a QB needy league, he will go higher. Perhaps they will pick up a veteran to start for them in the 2016 season while they groom Lynch. Or maybe they will stick with Sanchez for at least the beginning of 2016... *gulps loudly*
Similarly, GM Howie Roseman gave up quite a bit to go get a quarterback as well. Chip Kelly's gross mishandling of the quarterback position during his time in Philadelphia has left new head man Doug Pederson with a broken former #1 overall pick in Sam Bradford, and a career backup Pederson scavenged from the free agency heap in Chase Daniel. The Eagles have now positioned themselves to take either one of the top QBs L.A doesn't choose, and I feel it will be Goff. The former California product isn't blessed with Wentz' big, athletic build or cannon arm, but he'll bring a cerebral presence to the huddle and a keen understanding of what the defense is trying to do week in and week out. He displays pinpoint accuracy and does a great job of leading receivers with his throws, and his steady play is exactly what Philly needs going into next season.
This is the 1st of a homer pick. Dougy fresh happens to be from a little crappy university in Monroe,La about 20min from my hometown. Being that as it is, I also attend LA Tech university and work in football and worked with/around Kenneth Dixon and Vernon Butler so this is one of those times i pull the home card.
The Eagles have reported that they want to strengthen the OL, I think passing on the chance to grab Elliot in the first to grab Stanley(who I had as the best OLmen last year) is a great move. The next part circles back to Dougy's background at ULM and north Louisiana and the Chiefs. I think Dougy will bring the west coast to PHI and I don't think Elliot is the right fit, but (homer pick alert) LA Tech runningback Kenneth Dixon will be a great fit for the west coast in the second round. Dixon is a great receiving back a won't complain about blocking or running routes.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 2
Carson Wentz, QB,
As with the Rams' grade, I'm going to have to penalize Philadelphia for its trade. I gave the Eagles a Millen on my NFL Draft Trade Grades page, as they surrendered way too much. Even if Wentz hits, Philadelphia will struggle to maintain success because of a lack of resources. Think about what happened to the Falcons in the wake of the Julio Jones deal. Matt Ryan is a solid quarterback, and Jones obviously panned out, but Atlanta hasn't visited the playoffs in a while because of a severe lack of depth. Unless Wentz is the next Andrew Luck and can single-handedly carry the Eagles as Luck does with the Colts in a soft division, Philadelphia will have trouble consistently reaching the postseason for quite a while.
Having said that, I think Wentz is the better option, so the Eagles will be given a full letter grade higher than the Rams. Wentz is seen as the superior signal-caller by most of our NFL contacts, and it's easy to understand why. While the rail-thin Jared Goff played in a goofy spread system and maintained a losing record in college, Wentz won and was more accurate in a pro system, and he doesn't look like he'll snap in half at any second.
While it would probably be better for the Eagles to wait a year or two to land a franchise quarterback - again, check the 2017 NFL Mock Draft for what appear to be two top-five signal-callers next April - it seems like Wentz is the better option of the two available in this class.