College Football is now five weeks in the books and the Eagles needs have started to show. Last week I posted a poll for fans to vote on the biggest need the Eagles need to address.
Here are the results:
My personal biggest need is running back and so far I’ve mentioned Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Ronald Jones, Royce Freeman and Bo Scarbough in pervious posts. This year’s running back class is loaded with talent just like last year. The Eagles need to find a three-down back this year and I put that as the number one need for the offseason. As for the results of the poll, I got a lot of comments that said cornerback is the biggest need. Now, the Eagles have Sidney Jones, Ronald Darby, Rasul Douglas and Jalen Mills all under contract in 2018. Cornerback is a need, but getting a running back, tackle and linebacker should be the the first priorities.
Derrius Guice – LSU Running Back, Plays Florida @3:30 on CBS
Guice entered the year as one of the most talented players in the college football. In space, it’s almost impossible to get him down with an arm tackle. The combination of speed, strength, vision and elusiveness are what makes Guice a first round talent in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Eagles should be in a perfect spot to take Guice in the late first round. He’s a guy that reminds me of a young Frank Gore, yes the future Eagles hall of famer, with the way he uses strength, vision and balance to make plays. If Guice is anything like Gore with the Eagles they will have finally found the running back of the future since LeSean McCoy.
Tarvarus McFadden – Florida State Cornerback, Plays Miami @ 3:30 on ESPN
Tarvarus McFadden was tied with Rasul Douglas last year in interceptions (8). McFadden has the same size as Douglas, but the quickness is a different story. McFadden gives up big plays here and there, but the aggressiveness is what makes him an Eagles target. Jim Schwartz, Eagles defensive coordinator, loves cornerbacks that look to make plays with the ball in the air. McFadden is a physical corner that can play press and zone coverage. Florida State’s season is basically over, but the secondary will be something to watch considering they have two first round picks currently playing. I wouldn’t volley for a cornerback in the first round after picking Sidney Jones and trading for Ronald Darby, but the poll that I mentioned earlier is what fans seem to want.
Roquan Smith – Georgia Linebacker, Plays Vanderbilt @ 12:00 on ESPN
A linebacker may come to as a shock to some fans, but the reality is the Eagles will likely need to address the linebacker situation. Mychal Kendricks has played well to begin the 2017 season. That, however, still doesn’t make him a lock to be on the roster next year. Nigel Bradham, as I’ve mentioned before, is a free agent at the end of the year and the Eagles will be force to make a few decisions. I don’t think both Kendricks and Bradham will be on roster next year so that’s why I bring up Smith. He has the ability to affect the run and pass game. He’s an athlete by trait that remind some of former LSU tiger, Deion Jones. My personal comparison is CJ Mosley. Both are incrediblely smart players. Pairing Smith with Hicks would be a tremendous duo.