Many believe that the Dallas Cowboys had a phenomenal draft this year. However, they still have not surpassed the Philadelphia Eagles, who had a very impressive draft. They will prove that this season.
First off, they filled a massive need at the WR position. With Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, and even Nelson Agholor missing time with injuries last season, the Eagles had a limited group of receivers. The best option was Greg Ward Jr, who was a QB in college at Houston, and also played in the AAF.
They drafted Jalen Reagor in the first round, who fits the need of speed, and a downfield option that can open up the underneath passing game for the offense. But he wasn’t the only one. The Eagles drafted John Hightower and Quez Watkins, both of which are known to be speed receivers. The Eagles even traded for Marquise Goodwin, who is also a speed threat. The Eagles have a 4×1 track team, with the complements of Jeffery and Jackson. Agholor is no longer with the Eagles, as he left in Free Agency.
The Eagles also drafted the extremely versatile K’Von Wallace from Clemson. Wallace played Safety, yet he can play down at LB, and he can play the slot CB position when needed to. He’s great in the run game, and is a solid open field tackler who attacks the ball. His addition to an already improved Secondary will prove crucial this season.
The Eagles also drafted themselves a backup QB in Jalen Hurts. Whether you love or hate the pick, it’s logical and makes sense. They need QB depth, as Carson Wentz’s is known to be injury prone. Hurts will be relatively cheap, compared to most Quarterbacks. They plan to use Hurts all over the field with his versatility, whether at RB, WR, or more like a Taysom Hill type package. Hurts will have an impact on this team for the upcoming season.
Lastly, the Eagles drafted a couple of young, developing lineman from Auburn, who will be needed for depth on the O-Line when injuries hit. The team has still not brought back Jason Peters, their star OT. They also drafted a DE from Stanford, Casey Toohill. Toohill was listed as a DE but is more of a DE/OLB mix. He can play both, but will likely move to LB in the NFL.
With these moves, the Eagles have set themselves up for a bright future, with an abundance of team speed and versatility.
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