The first two days of the 2016 NFL Draft are in the books and the Philadelphia Eagles finally have their franchise quarterback(prospect) and drafted their first offensive linemen since Lane Johnson in the 2013 draft. The Eagles only had one pick in each of the first two days of the draft. They lost their original second round pick from Sam Bradford trade last year and they lost a third rounder they had received from the Lions last year in the trade up to the number two overall spot that was used on Carson Wentz.
Now the Eagles head into day 3 with two 5th round picks, a 6th round pick and two more 7th round picks. They could add more if they trade back or can orchestrate any player trades for picks like Beau Allen, Taylor Hart, Josh Huff or maybe even Sam Bradford, but for now this is where they stand heading into the final day.
And who could the Eagles be targeting with their last few picks?
Here is my 25 best available prospects:
1)Kenneth Dixon RB/LaTech- Reminds me of Ryan Mathews with better receiving skills and ball security. My second rated RB in the entire class and I am really confused as to why he is still available.
2)Paul Perkins RB/UCLA- Right behind Dixon in my RB rankings, I saw this kid as the good version of LeSean McCoy all the time. He was brought in for a private visit and if he keep sliding it’s very possible the Eagles could spend their two 5th rounders to move up in the 4th to take him.
3)Devontae Booker RB/Utah- An older back at age 24 with an injury history and a lot of carries already in his short football career. That’s probably what has dropped him this far, but purely from a talent standpoint he will be a great value in the 4th round. All three of these RBs can get 1,000 yards as a rookie in the right situation.
4)Sheldon Day DT/Notre Dame- I’m not surprised he is available simply because he isn’t a great run stuffer and isn’t a fit in most 3-4 and two-gap schemes. I love him as a versatile rotational defensive linemen in Jim Schwartz’s scheme and think he can make a big impact in year one.
5)Alex Lewis OT/Nebraska- A developmental right tackle with good movement skills who really thrives as a run blocker.
6)Alex Collins RB/Arkansas- A dangerous open field runner because of how well he cuts. He has great size at 6’0, 217 for the type of back that he is.
7)Connor McGovern OG/Missouri- Less likely of a pick because the Eagles took Isaac Seumalo in the third round, but if they wanted to take the closest player to Seumalo in the 5th, this would be the guy. Their speed/agility numbers and size are very similar.
8)Devon Cajuste WR/Stanford- An intriguing prospect to say the least. At 6’4, 234 he’s built like an undersized tight end, but he runs like a undersized slot receiver(6.49 3-cone). To put the 3-cone number in proper prospective, Julian Edelman ran a 6.62 3-cone at his pro day and Causte has about 40 pounds on Edelman.
9)Jordan Howard RB/Indiana- A one cut and go back with a ton of versatility and size.
10)Andrew Billings DT/Baylor- A really raw defensive tackle, but a ton of power to his game. If developed properly, he’s the type of tackle Schwartz would love because he forces opponents to double team him and allow favorable matchups for those around him. His technique is really bad and he is a below average athlete, but you would love to harness his power into something special.
11)Joe Dahl OG/Washington State- A decent athlete with good length for the guard spot who really battles hard on every snap. I think he’s the type of underrated prospect who surprises a lot of people and end up becoming a 15 year starter.
12)Jerrell Adams TE/South Carolina- The second best pure tight end in the draft. Good athlete for his size who can block in the line and attack the seams.
13)Dean Lowry DT/Northwestern – Tested extremely well at the combine. His 1.70 10 yard split was only .01 seconds behind Joey Bosa’s and his 7.26 3-cone time was the same as the New York Giants third round safety selection, Darian Thompson.
14)Christian Westerman OG/Arizona State- A really strong guard for his frame(303 pounds) with big hands and long arms, but you are getting a pretty average athlete for the position.
15)Willie Henry DT/Michigan- An exceptional athlete who can play defensive end in some sub-packages and gives maximum effort on every snap. Put on the tape against Michigan State and he’s the best player on the field.
16)Alex McCalister DE/Florida- Incredibly raw with some character concerns(suspended for team violations twice), but incredibly long(6’6, 36 inch arms) and a great athlete for the position. The ideal wide-9 end in the making.
17)Matt Judon DE/Grand Valley State- He’s the consolation prize for teams that wanted Emmanuel Ogbah. Good size at 6’3, 275 with a quick first step off the line.
18)Hassan Ridgeway DT/Texas- Explosive and powerful, but really undeveloped in his skillset. Most scouts wondered why he choose to leave Texas so early.
19)Charles Tapper DL/Oklahoma- A decade ago this kid would be a tweener you hope you can develop into something. In today’s NFL he is a sub-package star who will get into the backfield a lot in a one-gap scheme.
20)Stephen Anderson TE/WR/California- He played tight end at Cal, or at least that’s how they listed him, but he really is a 230 pound version of Jordan Matthews. While watching tape on Jared Goff he, not Kenny Lawler or Trevor Davis, was the receiver that stood out the most to me. More quick than fast, but he is such a fluid route runner who separates quickly and is no where near his true potential yet coming from such a gimmicky passing offense in college.
21)Tavon Young CB/Temple- If you wanted Cyrus Jones from Alabama but missed him on day two, this is the player you take on day 3. Less return ability, but just as quick and athletic. Ideal slot corner in today’s NFL.
22)Rashard Robinson CB/LSU- A major project at outside corner who needs to live in the gym for about a year, but he has a ton of length and speed for the position.
23)Brandon Shell OG/South Carolina- This is the prospect I thought tested the most similar to current Eagles starting guard Brandon Brooks. Both players are over 320 pounds, but ran very good 10 yard splits at their perspective workouts. Brooks was 1.70, Shell was 1.75. He’s a project who spent most of his time at tackle, but I like the potential with that quickness off the snap for his size.
24)James Cowser DE/Utah- Another consolation prize in the draft. This kid is a poor man’s Joey Bosa, less length and size, but very similar 10 yard split and 3-cone times. He can make an immediate impact as a nickel edge rusher and develop into a every down player down the road.
25)Aaron Green RB/TCU- Probably the biggest scouting combine snub, he was at times the best player on a very loaded TCU offense. He doesn’t have a ton of power, but he’s one of the best cutting backs in this draft.