Signed, Sealed, Delivered. What the Eagles Draft Picks Bring to the Table by Ryan Neal
The NFL Draft has been over for quite some time, but in that time, we have been able to fully digest who our teams have taken. For the Philadelphia Eagles, they did not have a ton of picks, but with their little amount of draft capital, they upgraded their roster. Firstly, let’s recap the Eagles draft class. Round 2 (49) - South Dakota St. TE Dallas Goedert Round 4 (125) Pittsburgh CB Avonte Maddox Round 4 (130) Florida St. DE Josh Sweat Round 6 (206) TCU T Matt Pryor Round 7 (233) Australian Rugby Player Jordan Mailata The Eagles addressed every need on the team as well as, carefully selecting players who could be primed to upgrade positions in the future. Let’s first start with the Eagles first pick of the draft, Dallas Goedert. Goedert is going to be a day one starter for the Eagles. Coming into the draft, his comparison was Zach Ertz, so if you can picture, the Eagles have two very similar tight ends. Goedert is a big target but is also deceivingly quick. He can play stand up but is also just an overall solid tight end. With Goedert, Carson Wentz has another big target and another weapon in the red zone. And of course, the Eagles were the best team in the red zone last season with Wentz. Now with Devonte Maddox, he’s a player that can play two ways, defense, and special teams. Being able to do both is a trait the Eagles cherish. However, more importantly than that, the Eagles lost cornerback Patrick Robinson who was lockdown in the slot. It is possible the Eagles view Maddox as his replacement. Maddox has all the tendencies, a slot cornerback needs as well as elite speed. He’ll likely need a little time to develop, but with the coaching staff around him, he’ll be able to blossom. Josh Sweat going to the Eagles in the fourth round might just be the steal of the draft. Because of a knee injury, Sweat fell, but many feel he has first-round talent. Coming to the Eagles gives him the luxury of taking a backseat this season to get fully healthy and fully acclimated to the league. He might get more time than because of the surgery Timmy Jernigan just had, which will likely see Brandon Graham and Michael Bennett slide inside a few times, but regardless, Sweat can be a nice contributor. With Sweat he has everything going for him, it just needs to translate to the NFL field. With the Eagles last two picks they selected two mammoth men. First, we will start with Matt Pryor, who stands six foot seven. He is versatile, playing both tackle and guard in college. He is also a former teammate of Big V, so could we possibly see a left side of Big V at tackle and Pryor at guard? With this pick, the Eagles saw the chance to develop a player with huge upside, which is a similar theme with their seventh-round pick, Jordan Mailata. Mailata has never played football but standing six foot eight, teams are looking to make him a tackle. Mailata is a freak, if you look up his rugby videos, he lays people out. He is freaky athletic, but Jeff Stoutland and the staff will have their work cut out for them. If the Eagles turn him into something, it will be an amazing draft pick. When it is all said and done, the Eagles did some very good work in this year's’ draft. The scouts and Joe Douglas put together a good board and Howie Roseman executed it and even got a second round pick for next year's’ draft too. We’ll see how this draft turns out this season, but on paper, it looks very good.