Round 2: 49th Overall Pick
Dallas Goedert, TE South Dakota State
Dallas is a 6’4” 260 lbs. tight end from South Dakota. His large frame and superior catching ability made analysts compare him to elite TEs in the league already, such as: Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz. Kelce is the #1 target in KC and arguably the 2nd best TE in the league, behind Gronk. Philadelphia fans are used to Zach Ertz who has been their leading receiver over the past year and the player who caught the go-ahead TD to beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl. With these two target magnets dominating the middle of the field along with Jeffery and Wallace on the outsides and Agholar in the slot, the Eagles offense only gets better. The height of the Philadelphia receivers as well as having the best O-Line in the NFL will solidify the Eagles have the best Red Zone offense. In 2016, Goedert had a breakout season with 92 receptions, 1293 yds, and 11 TDs. In 2017, Goedert had a similarly dominant season with 72 receptions, 1111 yds, and 7 TDs. The addition of another young weapon for Carson is exactly what a team with no weak spots needed.
Round 4: 125th Overall Pick
Avonte Maddox, CB Pittsburgh
The Eagles decided to add some depth to their secondary after the release of Worley. Maddox is a 5’9” 184 lbs. cornerback from Pittsburgh, which would fill Robinson’s position in the slot. This small, yet scrappy CB has been praised by his coaches for playing with tremendous amounts of heart and leadership. Unfortunately for Eagles fans, Maddox has had trouble with closing the gap between him and the receiver which could allow for larger areas for the QB to complete passes. The Eagles weren’t particularly good with guarding the slants and sluggo routes last season and really needed help in this area. Hopefully, the coaches can teach Maddox to use his tenacity and small frame to break up key small passes and generate turnovers.
Round 4: 130th Overall Pick
Josh Sweat, DE Florida State University
Imagine the Defensive Line of Sweaty Long Cox…Ngata chance you could miss it. Sweat was a steal in the 4th round as he fell due to an injury he suffered early in his career. He almost lost his leg due to a knee injury, but he has recovered nicely. Sweat had potential first round talent but teams were afraid to take him. The Eagles, who have plenty of depth at defensive line, were able to take a chance on him and his outlook looks promising. At 6’5” 250 lbs. he has the prototypical frame for a dominant edge rusher and blazing speed with a 4.53 40 yd dash. If his medical history stays as history, then the Eagles have the draft steal of the century.
Round 6: 206th Overall Pick
Matt Pryor, OT Texas Christian University
This 6’7” 322 lbs. gargantuan lineman is a multi-talented force on offense. Pryor has been moved around the O-Line a ton during his college career and yet he was still able to produce for his team. The Eagles needed some versatility on their #1 NFL rated offensive line and solved that problem with Pryor. This mountain of a man is a great addition and can be a replacement if any injuries were to happen.
Round 7: 233rd Overall Pick
Jordan Mailata, Rugby
This pick was made solely based on physical attributes. This 6’8” 345 lbs. Australian rugby star is a freak of nature. His highlight tape is very impressive with bone breaking tackles and furious runs. Where he will play is another question. He is simply too big to have the ball in his hands, so he is limited to O-Line or D-Line. I believe he will play defensive line, but for another franchise. The Eagles depth is just too deep for Mailata to make the 53-man team. If somehow, he doesn’t get picked up, I would love to see him make the practice squad.
Written by: Jack Cashman
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