Eagles 2017 Draft Roundup
Round 1: Tennessee DE Derek Barnett
This was a very safe pick for the Eagles considering Barnett has a quiet injury history. It was also very surprising seeing his name called with Alabama DE Jonathon Allen still on the board. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller had Derek Barnett going 16 to the Ravens. He had the Eagles taking Clemson WR Mike Williams at 14. One thing that some scouts were worried about him was his 4.88 40 yard dash at the combine. Barnett made the All-SEC team in all three years in the league.
Barnett has a chance to become an elite pass rusher opposite of Brandon Graham for years too come.
Round 2: Washington CB, Sidney Jones
If you were to call the Eagles first round pick a ‘safe’ one, then this would be the opposite. Sidney Jones was one of the top CB’s in the class before he tore his Achilles at his pro day. At the combine he ran a 4.47. The Eagles reportedly wanted Sidney Jones at 14 before he got injured. The 6'0" CB was named first-team All-Pac 12 for the conference champion Huskies. Before getting injured Jones had incredible toughness and instincts. He has lock down ability, but the Eagles took a risk hoping he will recover from his injury.
Round 3: West Virginia CB, Rasul Douglas
Douglas is a very interesting player mostly because he started his career in junior college where he could barely feed himself. This past season, Douglas led college football with 8 interceptions. He also had 70 tackles for the Mountaineers this past season. He is very tall at 6'2" and is very good at getting the 50–50 balls. His biggest weakness is covering long passes. He struggles to keep up with deep field threats. Douglas will probably start on the Eagles, a team with limited cornerbacks.
Round 4: UNC WR, Mack Hollins
Many people think Hollins could have been a day 2 pick had he not injured his collarbone. He is a very tall receiver at 6'4". The theme for the Eagles this off season has been to strengthen there WR group which was terrible last season. Hollins has 20 touchdown’s on only 71 catches as a Tar heel. He’s also very valuable on special teams on both punts and kickoffs. Hollins has a chance to be a very dangerous deep threat for the Eagles and a leader on Special Teams.
Round 4: San Diego State RB, Donnel Pumphrey
Pumphrey is a very fun player to watch and reminds a lot of people of current Eagles Darren Sproles. He holds the NCAA record for most rushing yards. He’s a short 5'8" so he probably wont become a 3 down back. The best thing about him is his patience, which lets him squeak through little holes. He’s also a good route runner and can can be used as a slot-receiver when needed. Obviously one of his weaknesses is that he’s very small and doesn’t have the strength to be a great NFL running back. Hopefully he can learn after Sproles for this year and take over in the future.
Round 5: West Virginia WR, Shelton Gibson
The main thing that stands out when watching Gibson is he is very fast. He can create immediate separation which is a great weapon for Carson Wentz. He also said he looks forward to playing with Wentz.
Once again, the Eagles main goal this offseason was too build their wide-receiver group. Especially their deep threats.
I personally loved this pick because Gibson has a chance to be a deep-threat for Carson Wentz and the Eagles for years too come.
Round 5: Nebraska LB/S Nathan Gerry
Originally coming out of college, Nathan Gerry was considered a safety. But with the Eagles need at linebacker, they are switching him. Early on in his career he played linebacker for the Cornhuskers. He has great instincts and can read routes right off the bat. He also brings a ton of toughness to the Eagles. One of his weaknesses is that he struggles to tackle. That is not a good thing considering that was one of the Eagles biggest problems last season.
This play shows the exact toughness that Gerry will bring to the Eagles.
Round 6: Washington DT, Elijah Qualls
As you can tell in the photo, Elijah Qualls is a large man. Qualls, one of two Washington players in the Eagles Draft is 6'0" and weighs 313 lbs. Qualls is often compared to former teammate and current Cleveland Brown, Danny Shelton. Qualls made the all-conference team in the Pac 12 this season. He has surprising athleticism and has a very strong upper body. One of his weaknesses is that he’s a little sluggish off the line. He has very good talent, but some people are worried about his weight and his work ethic which could be a problem.
I thought the Eagles had a very solid draft. They didn’t necessarily draft well at their two biggest needs, RB and CB. If Sidney Jones works out, then they probably got the steal of the draft. If Pumphrey can come anywhere close to the production then Sproles gives, then that would be amazing value. If Barnett can become a premier pass rusher then that takes this class to a whole different level. On another note the Eagles signed Wisconsin UDFA RB, Corey Clement. He has a chance to become a solid running back for the Eagles in the future.