Although my draft predictions fell flat, Pattison Ave was able to correctly predict the positions that the Eagles’ drafted in the first two rounds. We had said that the Eagles’ will address the lack of talent in the Wide Receiving core in the first round and then proceed to improve the secondary in the second round. The Eagles moved up in the second round because of the following trade with the Miami Dolphins:
|47th overall pick: Eric Rowe
||52nd overall pick: Jordan Phillips
|191st overall pick
||145th & 156th overall pick
First Round – 20th overall pick – Nelson Agholor
6 feet tall, 198 pounds heavy, hands size: 9.25 inches, and a 4.44 forty yard dash, this is the insight and information about Nelson Agholor, almost the exact dimensions of Jeremy Maclin who the Eagles’ let leave Philadelphia this offseason. Which raises the question, why let Maclin go to just draft a player who is essentially Maclin light? This pick was a reach in my opinion because Breshad Perriman, Phillip Dorsett, and Dorial Green-Beckham were still on the board. Agholor was a system fit, drafted most likely to grow in Chip Kelly’s scheme and be Jordan Matthew’s number two, opposed to Perriman or Dorsett who are clear number ones. Agholor is very talented and will fit the offense well, although he wasn’t the biggest name or star available.
Second Round – 47th overall pick – Eric Rowe
Eric Rowe is a versatile defensive player, who can swing between safety and corner back. Last year he managed 59 tackles, a pick, and a fumble recovery. He is a heavy hitter, which is much needed on this Eagles defense. He has the potential to either start as a corner or a safety his rookie season, if he wins the job. This pick thoroughly improves the Eagles secondary that frustrated Eagles’ fans throughout last season and was the key factor in many big loses. Rowe brings a physical and hard hitting nature to the Eagles’ secondary that is desperately needed, great pick.
Third Round – 82nd overall pick – Jordan Hicks
The Eagles organization thinks that they have broken the chain of drafting dud Linebackers which has been a frustrating trend in Philadelphia’s recent history. Jordan Hicks main concern is his inability to stay healthy missing nineteen games in college between an Achilles injury and consistent hip injuries. Chip Kelly mentioned “He was our highest-rated guy by far” and went on to say that he thought that they had Hicks going in the second round. He adds depth at the Linebacker position and is likely an insurance policy for if DeMeco Ryans and Kiko Alonso struggle with injury problems. Hicks may need time to grow before he becomes a starter, he’ll likely play snaps periodically. Hicks is another guy that fits well into Chip Kelly’s system, this pick doesn’t impress nor disappoint, it makes sense and will help in the long term. I would’ve preferred someone less injury prone or an Offensive Lineman, but he’s a safe pick.