The NFL Draft is now in the books, and the Eagles came away with eight picks total. Here is the full list of the Eagles selections, when the team took them, and some side notes.
Round 1, Pick #14 – Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee. This pick makes sense. The Eagles main need on defense was a corner back, however with the 14th overall pick, drafting one would have been a reach with how deep the CB position was. Barnett will help with the pass rush, therefore helping the cornerbacks. Barnett and Chris Long will be able to make Jim Schwartz very happy during the season.
Round 2, Pick #11 – Sidney Jones, CB, Washington. The Eagles got a top corner back in the second round. Jones was originally supposed to be a high pick, however injuries stopped that from happening. If he recovers fully and can stay healthy, he will wind up being one of the biggest steals in this draft.
Round 3, Pick #35 – Rasaul Douglas, CB, West Virginia. Again, another solid CB pickup was what the Eagles desperately needed. Douglas, Jones and Jalen Mills could all earn solid playing time during the season.
Round 4, Pick #12 – Mack Hollins, WR, North Carolina. Philadelphia’s biggest offensive needs were WR and RB, and they got into these positions as the later rounds approached. A lot of people are saying this pick was easily the biggest steal of the 4th round.
Round 4, Pick #26 – Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State. Pumphrey’s best comparison is a mixture between Darren Sproles and LeSean McCoy. The running back has the size of Sproles, and the moves of McCoy. Watch out.
Round 5, Pick #22 – Shelton Gibson, WR, West Virginia. As the second Mountaineer taken by the Eagles, this pick was taken to provide the deep threat Philadelphia needs. With Alshon Jeffrey, Torrey Smith, Jordan Matthews, and Mack Hollins, the Eagles will now have a strong core of WR’s.
Round 5, Pick #41 – Nate Gerry, S, Nebraska. Gerry is transitioning from S to linebacker, so this should be interesting. Gerry adds another rookie for defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz to use in his schemes.
Round 6, Pick #31 Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington. As the second Husky the Eagles picked up, Qualls was a decent pick up for round six, filling a hole in Philly’s defense.
With a great draft by the Eagles, it will be exciting to see how these rookies pan out on an exciting Philadelphia Eagles team.