Philadelphia Eagles Upcoming NFL Draft Needs

After starting the 2016-2017 season with three impressive victories, the Philadelphia Eagles looked like they might be contenders for the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, the rest of the season was not as good with the team winning only four more games. Team owner Jeffrey Lurie thinks he has found his quarterback in Carson Wentz, so they will be using the 2017 National Football League(NFL) draft to fill in key positions around him.

Cornerback

The team gave up the most 30-plus yard plays in the NFL during this last season. They released Leodis McKelvin after his dismal year. Ron Brooks still has three years on his contract, but the Eagles may try to unload him as well. Therefore, they have a crucial need to find a great cornerback during the draft. The problem, however, is that many teams have this same need, so they may not have a chance at the top recruits as their first pick is number 15 in the first round. They might be interested in:

  • Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore
  • Florida’s Teez Tabor
  • Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey
  • Middle Tennessee State’s Jeremy Cutrer
  • Oregon State’s Treston DeCoud

Wide Receiver

Jordan Matthews is one of the top wide receivers in the National Football Conference NFC) East division, but he received no help from the outside receivers. Some experts expect that the Eagles will pass up a cornerback in the first round to snag a wide receiver, especially if Clemson’s Mike Williams is still available. You can expect the team to take a serious look at:

  • Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp
  • California’s Chad Hansen
  • Clemson’s Mike Williams
  • Oklahoma’s Dede Westbrook
  • Ohio State’s Noah Brown

Edge Rusher

It is vital that the Eagles find an edge rusher as the only one that they currently have is Brandon Graham. The team may be able to get a good one during the draft including possibly:

  • Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett
  • Stanford’s Solomon Thomas
  • Tennessee’s Derek Barnett
  • Auburn’s Carl Lawsom
  • Alabama’s Tim Williams

Running Back

The Eagles already have Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, Ryan Matthews and Kenjon Barner, but they may like to add to this position as Matthews and Barner are questionable for the future. This year’s class seems to be particularly full of running backs. Some that might interest the Eagles include:

  • Pittsburgh’s James Connor
  • Texas’ D’Onta Foreman
  • Clemson’s Wayne Gallman
  • Toledo’s Kareem Hunt

Offensive Line

Despite rumors that Jason Peters was asked to take a pay cut, he will be back with the team this year at his regular pay. The Eagles may still try to trade Jason Kelce during this offseason. Stefen Wisniewski became a free agent. Therefore, look for the Eagles to try to add some depth to their offensive line during the draft. They might like to add:

  • Temple’s Dion Dawkins
  • Michigan’s Taylor Moton
  • Washington’s Joe Mathis
  • Indiana’s Dan Feeney
  • Oregon State’s Sean Harlow

With a great start and a dismal finish to last season, the Philadelphia Eagles are hoping that the 2017 NFL Draft is a great start to the future. The team which led the league in giving up 30 plus yard plays is likely to focus on the defensive side of the field for most of their picks. There first pick is number 15 in the first round. If Marion Humphrey is still available, then expect that to be their choice. The retaining of Jason Peters at full pay means that the team does not have a lot of money to spend this year.


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