Interstate of Green
Where will the Eagles go with their First Round Pick? By Ryan Neal
With the NFL Draft coming up this month, the Eagles are in spot that’s been familiar for them the past couple of seasons. After free agency, the Eagles do not have too many holes on their roster. They added a speed wide receiver in DeSean Jackson, a defensive tackle in Malik Jackson and a defensive end in Vinny Curry. Those were the Eagles three biggest needs and they were addressed not to mention the Eagles added a pro bowl running back in Jordan Howard. This leaves us to question, where will the Eagles go with their first round pick? Knowing everything the Eagles did in free agency, they’re in a position to draft the right way and that’s by taking the best player on the board. Take need out of the equation, add the best overall player. Obviously, you eliminate quarterback, but besides quarterback every position is in play. Realistically, at the Eagles position in the draft, they’re going to see good players at defensive end and tackle, cornerback, safety, wide receiver and on the offensive line. Where need is not a thing for the Eagles, they can really focus on the future and add talent. Now, a few names to look at for with the Eagles if they are to go defensive are for defensive tackle Ed Oliver and edge rusher Jaylon Ferguson. Both players have met with the Eagles and would be a boost for the team this season and are ones to watch for the future. At wide receiver, a name to watch for the Eagles is Arizona state wide receiver N’Keal Harry. He’s a dynamic player who can help the Eagles offense spread the field. More importantly, to bolster the offensive line and find a future replacement for tackle Jason Peters, the Eagles could look to find him at pick 25. Greg Little and Dalton Risner are two names who could fall to the Eagles. Guard is another position with a player like Cody Ford and Chris Lindstrom being two more possibilities. When it’s all said and done, the Eagles are in a position where they cannot get their pick wrong. Where ever they decide to go, they’ll be able to add talent which will help them this year and for years to come. By adding veterans this offseason, the Eagles have bought some of their younger players and players they are about to draft time. This time is crucial for development. When you’re in the Eagles position, it’s important to have that so when it’s time to step in, there’s no drop off. The 2019 draft is important for the Eagles however, it’s not about getting an immediate impact now, it’s about the future. It’s a good position to be in for both the team and the players they are drafting.