Now the constant media reports and endless speculation can be put to rest. Let the real games begin.
The Philadelphia Eagles completed their 2015 draft on Saturday with something of a whimper. The team selected three more players on Saturday, all of whom will address the defensive side of the ball. With Saturday’s picks, only wide receiver Nelson Agholor was selected to help out the offense, a move that choked a fan base expecting to welcome a new offensive lineman to the roster.
The Eagles traded their fourth-rotund selection to the Detroit Lions, who surrendered a 2016 third-round pick in return. If the Eagles truly felt there was nobody worth drafting in the fourth round, as Chip Kelly stated, then investing the pick for long-term dividends was probably a good move. The Eagles do not have a second-round pick for next year’s draft—they used to to acquire Sam Bradford—so adding another third-round pick helps absorb the blow.
When the Eagles finally made a selection, after skipping two full rounds of the draft, the team took cornerback JaCorey Sheppard form Kansas. Shepard is said to have excellent ball skills and instincts. His lack of speed could be a problem, especially against NFC East receivers like DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Shepard will have top prove he can stay with NFL-caliber receivers in the spring and summer months, where he’ll face some of his teammates in one-on-ones. In spite of his pace, Sheppard is viewed by many as one of “steals of the draft.” Of course, only time will tell, but Sheppard is certainly a dark horse to be starting at corner this season.
Beyond that, the team used it’s other sixth-round pick on cornerback Randall Evans. Evans has a very bright mind and high confidence. As a player, he’ll provide depth at cornerback and compete for playing time with the eight others at his position. With their final selection, the team drafted DE Brian Mihalik out of Boston College, known for his 6ft 9in frame. Mihalik is similar to prospect Alejandro Villanueva, who was also with the Eagles in training camp last season. The Eagles also added sixteen rookie free agents.