After winning the coin flip in Indianapolis, the Eagles will be selecting 14th in the draft instead of 15th. While moving up one spot could be perceived as insignificant, they are in better position to potentially capitalize on if a top 10 player were to fall to them. The team will continue to preach B.P.A (best player available), but everyone can see what the major flaws are on the team heading into the draft. The Eagles were able to address the Wide receiver and Offensive line positions through free agency which helps because it allows the team to really hone in on their needs. While the team did upgrade the offense, they have yet to replace Bennie Logan and Connor Barwin both whom left in free agency. They also lost both of their starting corners from 2016 and did not dip into the free agency corner class like they usually do. GM Howie Roseman has spoken about how in recent years they took a band-aid approach to the corner spot and that they are looking to add stability to the position. Both the defensive line and the secondary need to be addressed in the draft and the Eagles must hit on these picks.

With the team in need of some more pass rush,  Auburn’s Carl Lawson could be an option to help boost the defensive line. A former top 10 recruit out of highschool, the 21-year-old former Tiger was expected to become a transcendent talent once he arrived in the SEC. Lawson flashed  big time talent whenever he was on the field, but his biggest problem was his availability on game days. In 4 years at Auburn, he was only able to play 34 games and missed 2014 with an ACL injury. The medical reports will be important in the evaluation of Lawson, but if everything checks out he could be a way better pro then he was collegiate. Measuring at 6’2 and weighing in at 261 pounds, he was able to put on a good performance at the combine. When watching Lawson you can see that his combine numbers do match up to what you see on tape. He is a stout run defender and has many tools in his pass rush arsenal. Most players in college are not that refined   when it comes to winning with both power and finesse off the edge. Lawson is able to do both on tape.

The second player that could be of interest to the Eagles in round 1 is former LSU Tiger Tre’davious White. The former Bayou Bengal started for the better part of his four years while at LSU and 2016 was his best season. White has the feet and athleticism to shadow receivers in man coverage and his instincts allow him to be just as potent in zone coverage. Measuring at 5”11 and weighing in at 192 pounds at the combine, White has the frame that most teams are preferring now a days at the position. While his combine was solid as far as numbers go, where he really shined was in the field drills where you can see just how fluid he really is. Another big part of the scouting process is the senior bowl, which the 22-year-old White did attend. He was standing out until he injured his ankle during practice but he showed teams down there that he was willing to compete against the best . The Eagles have a history of valuing senior prospects with a lot of experience in big games and who attend the senior bowl. White also wore the number 18 the past two seasons at LSU, which is a school tradition  and is awarded to players who best exemplify being a LSU Tiger on and off the field. While leadership and character do matter, what a prospect puts on tape will be the main reason why a team takes a chance on them.

 

 

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