The NFL Draft is slowly but surely approaching. After a roller coaster of a season, the Philadelphia Eagles are faced with a tough task ahead of them in maintaining a Playoff/Super Bowl caliber team. With some notable players not expected back for the 2019-20 season, it is essential for Howie and company to use their Draft picks to the best of their ability.
Since it’s so early in the Pre-Draft process, it’s hard to really determine where some of these prospects may land in terms of round/pick. With the combine and workouts still on tab, player rankings could fluctuate greatly as we’ve seen in recent years.
Below are five players I believe could fit in nicely with the Eagles and what they need. These are prospects that have a chance of being available for Philadelphia at their #25 slot in the 1st although as mentioned before, could change in the coming weeks/months.
Montez Sweat, Mississippi State EDGE
Perhaps the most linked name to the Eagles in the early Draft process thus far, Sweat is an imposing figure off the edge. In his last two seasons in the SEC, the 6-6ft 245lb Bully tallied almost 30 tackles for a loss and 22.5 sacks.
The Eagles who have been known for their defensive line depth may be losing some key contributors this off-season in the form of Brandon Graham, Chris Long and Timmy Jernigan.
Adding Sweat would give Derek Barnett, who is returning from a season ending injury, a viable tag team partner to grow with for the foreseeable future.
Josh Jacobs, Alabama RB
Everyone has their opinions about taking a running back in the 1st round of the Draft but with a relatively weak class, Philadelphia may not have the luxury of waiting until the mid rounds if they want to add one.
Jacobs is a dual threat back with the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield as well as run straight through opposing linebackers. This is especially eye opening considering the Alabama back is listed as 5-10ft and 215lbs. According to his former coach, Nick Saban, Jacobs could do it all (rushing, receiving and special teams).
The Eagles struggled heavily running the ball this season; a strength that was so valuable to their Super Bowl run just a season ago. Jacobs has the ability to take this Philadelphia offense to the next level and break away from their average looking running back committee.
Dexter Lawrence, DT Clemson
As mentioned before, the Eagles are in danger of losing major depth across the defensive line. Dexter Lawrence is one of the most notable names in the Draft due to him being a key contributor on two National Championship teams.
During his 3yr collegiate career, Lawrence tallied 18 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks at the defensive tackle position. These are great numbers especially due to the fact that the 340 pounder is viewed more as a run stopper rather than pass rusher.
Pairing this just 21yr old with Fletcher Cox would be a lot of fun to watch unless you’re the opposing offensive linemen assigned to contain them.
Greg Little, Ole Miss OT
Jason Peters, although still playing at a very high level is getting up there in age and seemingly can’t stay healthy. As a 2nd team All-American coming out of the SEC, you could be sure that Little has been battle tested against some of the best and succeeded.
Listed at 6’5ft and 325lbs, the Ole Miss product possesses some great size. His biggest strength outside of his size though has to be his athleticism which fits in nicely with current Eagles, Lane Johnson and Jason Kelce. Sitting a year and playing sparingly behind a Hall of Famer of the likes of Jason Peters next season could set Little and the Eagles up nicely for a very long time.
Marquise Brown, WR Oklahoma
You could never have too many play-makers at the wide receiver position and with some uncertainty of what will happen to Golden Tate this off-season and Agholor next year, it may be wise for the Eagles to address the position now.
Brown who earned the name of “Hollywood” tallied two 1,000 plus yard seasons during his two years of playing at Oklahoma. He is known for his explosive play-making and has received comps to Colts WR TY Hilton due to his elite speed/quickness.
Like Hilton, Brown is undersized and then some. Measurements have him at 5-10ft and just 168lbs. Although he’ll have to add to his frame to prevent injury, his speed will make up for it in the meantime.
Fun Fact: Marquise is the cousin of star WR Antonio Brown.
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