Round One: There’s so many different ways the Eagles could go in the first round, it’s impossible to guess who they might take. For now, I have them taking Su’a Cravens, a LB/S hybrid player from USC. The Eagles have a talented LB corps, but one of their biggest struggles in the 2015 season was in coverage. Cravens has been very successful in a two-year span against both the run and in coverage, posting a +23.4 against the run, and +20.9 in coverage, according to PFF. Assuming that DeMeco Ryans is released, adding Cravens
ould give the Eagles a young, talented LB group.
Round Two: The Eagles do not have a second round pick, due to the Sam Bradford trade.
Round Three: The Eagles do need some offensive line help, especially with Jason Peter’s future with the Eagles uncertain. To solve this issue, the Eagles should take Stanford OT Kyle Murphy. At 6-7 and 300 pounds, Murphy’s got great size. He learns to anticipate the snap well, which means he often gets the advantage over pass rushers, even if he sometimes draws a false start penalty. He’s smart, and quick enough to be a secondary blocker. Murphy should be able to slide into a starting position if necessary, especially if Lane Johnson slides to left tackle.
Round Three: I have the Eagles taking a wide receiver here, because they could use some help. To that end, a very intriguing prospect is Roger Lewis. Lewis has good size, at 6-0, 200 pounds, and good hands too. He’s a physical receiver, something that the Eagles have been lacking, and would make a valuable addition to the team.
Round Four: In the fourth round, the Eagles should go back to to adding to the offensive line, and should look at guard Rees Odhiambo. At 6-5, 305 pounds, Odhiambo has the solid size to make the jump to the professional level. He’s quick, and does a good job on finishing out the play. He has good technique, and would make a solid anchor on the inside.
Round Five: Things start to get interesting in the 5th round because there are so many options. With the first 5th round pick, I have the Eagles taking DT Matt Ioannidis out of Temple. Ioannidis is a pretty safe pick, who offers good size (6-3, 295 pounds) and a good work ethic. He’s capable of moving around the line, and would be a capable backup, especially if the Eagles switch to a 4-3.
Round Five: The Eagles should stick with defense for their other 5th round pick. Taking Minnesota CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun. Calhoun is a well liked prospect, he’s only 5-10, but he’s quick, and fluid. He’s also a leader, and would be able to compete for playing time. Calhoun’s only issue is his ability as a tackler. He small, and can be unreliable in run support.
Round Six: Back to the O-line in the 6th round. OT Tyler Johnstone is physical beast. 6-6 and 295 pounds, Johnstone offers a rare blend of size, length, agility and quickness. He’s quick enough to handle even the fastest edge rushers, but is also capable of absorbing a hit from rushers who prefer to bully their way to the QB. His only major concern is injury, but he would make a valuable depth addition to the team.
Round Seven: The Eagles have two picks in round seven, and they could pretty much go anywhere the want to. Cody Kessler is an interesting option, but overall he lacks the skills to be successful in a pro offense. The Eagles should probably go with adding more depth to the O-line, or a pass rusher.