Despite ending the season much sooner than anyone would have wanted, it is now time to turn our attention to most fans second most favorite time of year. The NFL Draft. This year, the Eagles front office won’t have far for their phone call to travel with the draft taking place in Philadelphia.
Growing ever closer by the day, many fans have already begun to turn their focus towards the upcoming NFL Draft. While free agency remains between the draft and us at this current moment, the draft is the only area where the team controls its own destiny, at least in some sort of form.
With the Draft now just under two months away, we are closing in on the second best part of the NFL year. With the combine now over, the real tick towards the draft has begun. Without further ado, we present week eight of the “Philadelphia Eagles potential first round draft picks.”
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3. Marlon Humphrey — Cornerback — Alabama
The number one position of need right now for the Philadelphia Eagles, the team could easily wait till the second or even third round to pick a cornerback in this draft class. However, in the scenario that the top three wide receivers are all taken, the Eagles may just burn this pick on a cornerback here, making sure such a player is a day one starter for them.
Possessing some solid size and footwork, Humphrey is a player that will hardly ever be burned by NFL receivers. While he does have some issues playing the ball and preventing catches, most of these should come over short-to-medium yardage. Good at preventing separation, Humphrey should be a good choice for the Eagles man-coverage schemes.
A sure day one starter for the team, Humphrey would provide the Eagles with a great second cornerback in year one. With the Eagles looking to sign A.J. Bouye this offseason, the addition of Humphrey’s would give Philly a good one-two punch at the cornerback position.
2. Dalvin Cook — Running Back — FSU
Winning the coin toss with the Colts, the Eagles could now be in the driver seat to select a running back in the first round. Should Dalvin Cook make it out of the top eight or so picks, he could be destined for the Eagles. That if though of making it past Carolina at eight is the main reason why Cook is listed second rather than first.
With the Eagles needing an upgrade at running back, the Eagles will have their choice of players this year due to the depth of this draft class. While the team could still land a future starter in the second or third round, the only way for Philly to land a day one starter is for the team to get lucky and see Dalvin Cook fall out of the top eight picks.
Seen as a strong, fast runner, Cook is the undisputable second best running back in this draft class. Given his talent, he will be a first round pick. Again though, the big question will be whether or not he escapes the clutches of the Carolina Panthers at pick number eight.
1. Corey Davis — Wide Receiver — Western Michigan
If the Philadelphia Eagles sign A.J. Bouye during free agency, they will likely not have the cap space to address their issues at the wide receiver position. Doing that with their first round pick, the Eagles could have their pick of three separate wide receivers, each of which have a claim to being this draft classes top receiver.
While Mike Williams could go higher up in this draft, both Corey Davis and John Ross should be available when Philadelphia makes their selection. To me, Ross presents a serious speed option out wide, but Davis still remains the better overall receiver due to his size and ability to go-up and get the football.
Possessing the ability to play strong and tall when he is called upon makes Davis a real winner for the receiver needy Eagles. A man among boys at Western Michigan, Davis should excel especially against some of the moderately sized NFL cornerbacks. If his overall game can be developed then he will eventually become a star player in this league.