The NFL Draft is nearing and with that being said, the Eagles have some positions to fill. Philadelphia has a few players that are starting to get up there in age as well as some departures via free agency. The Eagles still have a good roster that can make a deep run in the playoffs, but adding more depth and talent to the team is essential.
Below is a five round mock I completed through The Draft Network simulator. Picks are based on a combination of team needs and best players available.
Round 1 (25)
Christian Wilkins DL Clemson
Christian Wilkins would be the perfect addition to this already dominant Eagles defensive line. Wilkins amounted almost 200 tackles and 16 sacks in his career at Clemson. Being a part of two national championship teams, Wilkins knows what it’s like to win. He would not only be a great addition on the field but in the locker room as well.
Round 2 (53)
Darnell Savage Jr Safety Maryland
Darnell Savage possesses (5’11ft 198lbs) ideal size for a NFL safety and with his blazing 4.36 forty time, he holds some elite athleticism as well. The Maryland standout is known for flying all over the field, delivering big hits and making plays.
With McLeod coming off an ACL injury and losing some depth in the secondary, Savage would be an ideal pick in the 2nd round. He has the attributes to be a good safety in the league and who wouldn’t love a guy named “Savage” roaming around in your team’s secondary?
Round 2 (57)
David Edwards OT Wisconsin
David Edwards (6’6ft 315lbs) was a standout on a very good Wisconsin offensive line. His athleticism is something to note. Edwards originally came onto the collegiate scene as a TE before eventually converting to the offensive line. He now excels as an excellent run blocker.
With Peters most likely playing his last season and other question marks on the offensive line, it is important that the Eagles pick up a lineman. Edwards would make for a great replacement.
Round 4 (127)
Ryquell Armstead RB Temple
Ryquell Armstead (5’11ft 220lbs) is an explosive back out of Philadelphia’s own, Temple University. He wants to run the guy in front of him over every time he has the ball. Armstead had a breakout season this year for Temple, rushing for 1,908yds and 13tds in 10 games.
Although the Eagles just traded for Jordan Howard, they could still use the depth for down the road. Sproles is still undecided on his impending retirement, Howard has only 1yr remaining on his current deal and the rest of the bunch are question marks.
Round 4 (138)
David Stills V WR West Virginia
David Stills (6’3ft 211lbs) figures to be a big redzone threat at the next level. The West Virginia Mountaineer hauled in65 receptions for 986yds and 15tds (2nd in NCAA). With his size and athleticism (4.57 forty) he is a nightmare match up on the outside.
The Eagles seem to favor West Virginia products as of late. Multiple guys (Gibson, Smallwood, Douglas and etc.) serve as examples. Stills would provide some much needed depth in an Eagles WR core that is only 3-4 players deep.
Round 5 (153)
Josiah Tauaefa LB UTSA
Tauefa was named C-USA Football All-Conference honorable mention with 113tkls and 4.5 sacks. As a former DE he is very capable of shedding off a block and making a tackle. With good size, strength and athleticism for the linebacker position, Tauefa is worth a gamble in the late rounds.
The Eagles need some linebacker depth, especially after Hicks departing to Arizona. If Philadelphia doesn’t make any other moves for the position in Free Agency, Tauefa would make for a great fit.
A student at Penn State Brandywine.