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 about a month and a half away, we are closing in on the second best part of the NFL year. With the combine now over, the realtick towards the draft has begun. Without further ado, we present week nine of the “Philadelphia Eagles potential first round draft picks.”
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3. Cam Robinson — Offensive Tackle — Alabama
With an aging Jason Peters at the left tackle position, the Philadelphia Eagles will need to select a future tackle to start eventually. The Eagles could get that player right here in Cam Robinson. While Philly already possesses two starting tackles, Robinson could spend his first season playing at the guard position.
Though he has seen some major fluctuation in his draft stock, many still see Cam Robinson as one of the top tackles in this draft class. Possessing some good size and a solid history of playing at the tackle position, Robinson could be drafted to play right tackle once Lane Johnson takes over for Jason Peters.
One area that does concern me though is his inconsistency. While he can stop almost any pass rusher in college and the NFL, Robinson has been known to have consistency issues. If he brings this with him to the NFL, he could be more of a liability than a gift.
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.
That said, the Eagles still have Ryan Mathews on their roster. Given that he has not been released as of yet, this could signal that the Eagles are content with the situation at running back. If this is the case, Dalvin Cook has no chance of being selected.
1. John Ross — Wide Receiver — Washington
Running a record setting 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, John Ross has come out of nowhere to be in contention for the first round. While the top two receivers in this draft class remain to be Mike Williams and Corey Davis, John Ross has closed the gap significantly thanks to the pure speed that he has shown off.
Reminding some of DeSean Jackson, John Ross was even a fan of the former Eagles receiver. Heck, he even admitted that he was a fan of Philadelphia when they had Jackson on their roster. Given his love of Jackson and Philadelphia, Ross would be the pefect selection for the Eagles as long as he remains on the board.
While his shoulder surgery could cause some issues going forward, Ross looks set to be taken in the first round. Given the Eagles need for a future star at the wide receiver position, this pick makes all the sense in the world.