It’s time to talk draft Philadephia Eagles fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • March 8, 2019 • Update: April 8, 2019
This could almost be a rebuilding year for the Eagles. One year removed from an amazing season and now there plenty of question marks. What happened to Jalen Mills? Ronald Darby was out with injuries, as was Sidney Jones. And Rasul Douglas didn’t have the season fans expected.
Look for Lurie, Roseman, and Pederson to put their collective heads together and figure how to right the ship.
2019 draft picks
*Indicates Compensatory Pick.
- Defensive End
- Defensive Tackle
- Wide Receiver
- Offensive Guard
- Offensive Tackle
- Running Back
The Eagles will address the wide receiver position in the off-season. Last year, they traded for Golden Tate, but he’s already a Free Agent. They could use an upgrade at running back. And some help on the offensive line wouldn’t hurt, especially at guard.
Philadelphia was hit with the injury bug on defense. The team is hoping Ronald Darby will return to form after a torn ACL. He was a free agent, but has been re-signed. The team could definitely use an infusion of youth, speed, and strength along the defensive line. With Jordan Hicks back in the fold, middle linebacker won’t be pressing issue.
Prospects to watch
Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
Jacobs became Alabama’s go-to all-around back last year and has emerged as the top RB in this year’s draft class. Jacobs has experience in the return game; he’s lined up in the slot; and can run and catch from the out of the backfield. His strength is his versatility, along with his ability to get outside and run in space. His blocking ability will allow him to be an every down back.
Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
With 45 career sacks, Ferguson knows a thing or two about putting pressure on the quarterback. He has good length, a quick-twitch, ample bend, and strong leg drive. Plays his best when doing down hill.
Trysten Hll, DT, UCF
Hill is one of the more under-rated player in this draft. He is quick off the ball with an explosive first step. Excellent change of direction for such a big man (6-3/308). Plays with good balance and agility.
Vinny Papale, WR, Delaware
His father Vince Papale played for Dick Vermeil from 1976-1978. The movie “Invincilbe” is his story. Son Vinny is trying to follow in his father’s footsteps. As a Senior at Delaware, Papale Jr. had 36 catches, for 618 yards and six touchdowns.
Players to Watch: P A.J. Cole, NC State; OG Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas; DT Greg Gaines, Washington; DE Carl Granderson, Wyoming; OLB Gerri Green, Mississippi State; CB Isaiah Johnson, Houston; TE Dax Raymond, Utah; DT Dontavius Russell, Auburn; and FB Trevon Wesco, West Virginia.
Executive VP of Football Operations /de facto GM: Howie Roseman | Head Coach: Doug Pederson | Offensive Coordinator: Mike Groh | Defensive Coordinator: Jim Schwartz
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R2 Dallas Goedert TE | R4 Avonte Maddox CB
2017: R1 Derek Barnett DE | R2 Sidney Jones CB
2016: R1 Carson Wentz QB | R3 Isaac Seumalo OG
2015: R1 Nelson Agholor WR |
R3 Eric Rowe DB