1ST ROUND: RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, OHIO STATE
The DeMarco Murray experiment is finally over in Philadelphia. Elliott is the top running back in the 2016 NFL Draft and has explosiveness, size and strength to be the feature back in Doug Pederson’s offensive scheme. Philadelphia ranked middle of the pack in rush yards per game last season (108.9) and 21st in yards per carry (3.9), improving the running game.
3rd ROUND: G LANDON TURNER, UNC
The Eagles guard play last season was awful, upgrading the position with the acquisition of Brandon Brooks improves the position. Turner brings a massive (6’3″/325) lineman with great run blocking ability and will be able to challenge for a starting position next season.
3rd ROUND: DT AUSTIN JOHNSON, PENN STATE
The Eagles switching to a 4-3 defense will bring the need for them to add some defensive tackle depth (Cox, Logan, Allen and Hart). Johnson brings size (6’4″/314) and athleticism fits in perfectly to how DC Schwartz uses his defensive lineman.
4th ROUND: QB CARDALE JONES, OHIO STATE
Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel are on the roster but Bradford’s deal is only for basically one year. Jones has the most raw talent in this draft, he has a strong arm and the ability to move around in the pocket. Jones did not play a lot last season, what the Eagles have are coaches with the ability to mold him into
5TH ROUND: CB CYRUS JONES, ALABAMA
Eagles cornerbacks were not very good last year, mostly because of Byron Maxwell who was shipped off to Miami. Nolan Carroll was re-signed and was the best cornerback for the Eagles last year, along with ’15 2nd round pick Eric Rowe, but the secondary could use some depth. Jones brings versatility and a cornerback who can play man and zone and be a key special teamer for the Eagles.
5th ROUND: OT WILLIE BEAVERS, WESTERN MICHIGAN
Jason Peters will be 34 this season and may not have many years left in him. He was battered and bruised a lot during the 2015 season, so adding some youth at the offensive tackle position would not be a bad idea. Beavers is a big (6’5″/321) offensive tackle who will mostly transition to the right side in the NFL and Philadelphia has Lane Johnson the LT in waiting when Peters is gone.
6TH ROUND: DE YANNICK NGAKOUE, MARYLAND
The Eagles transition to the 4-3 scheme has left some depth at defensive end. Ngakoue gives Philadelphia a player who they can use in pass rush situations. He possesses a 6’2″/252 lb. build with speed off the edge and can learn technique behind veterans like Graham, Curry and Barwin.
7TH ROUND: WR MIKE THOMAS, SOUTHERN MISS
The Eagles added two veteran wideouts in Reuben Randle and Chris Givens but with how the unit played in 2015 some talent is needed. Thomas is not a huge wideout (6’1″/197) but he is a physical player who has bursts of speed. He is a project player with breakout potential, if you look at his game film vs La Tech, Washington and Nebraska the film is fun to watch.
7TH ROUND: LB LUKE RHODES, WILLIAM & MARY
The Eagles jettisoned both DeMeco Ryans and Kiko Alonso this offseason, so depth at the linebacker position could be addressed. Rhodes brings a linebacker with the ability to get on the field right away playing special teams. Rhodes may not be the flashiest linebacker but is a hard working, gritty defender.
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