The NFL Draft is now under 10 days away, and the Eagles are primed to add key difference makers to their already-talented roster. With their top-30 visits with prospects concluding, the Eagles have set their sights on who the newest members of the team could be.

Howie Roseman and the front office have done a great job this offseason of putting themselves in a position where they can draft the best player available at virtually every pick. It is somewhat clear, though, how the Eagles will go at this year’s draft in terms of prioritizing positions.

Roseman has been very transparent that the team will continue building through the lines, and then continue growing in other positions. Similarly, through their pre-draft visits, a pattern has begun to take shape. The Eagles predominantly met with defensive lineman, offensive lineman, secondary players, and also slot wide receivers, while also meeting with players at other positions as well.

The Eagles are set to have seven picks in this year’s draft, including three picks in the first two rounds. Here is a final look at who the Eagles could select in the 2019 NFL Draft:

Round 1 (Pick 25): DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson

The mystery around what the Eagles could do with this pick is interesting. There is no clear indication on one specific player they favor, and they may not even make this pick, with trading up or back in the draft being a possibility. As was mentioned before, this pick will truly be the best player available.

With that being said, there is arguably no player who makes more sense for the Eagles in this year’s draft than Christian Wilkins. Roseman mentioned this and it is very true: this years draft is one of the deepest in years in terms of defensive line talent, and the Eagles would be smart to take Wilkins if he makes it to them at 25.

Wilkins would be an immediate force on the defensive front for the Eagles, and he would be more than capable of overtaking Malik Jackson at some point to start alongside Fletcher Cox.

The Eagles could look to other players such as Cody Ford, Greedy Williams or Chauncey Gardner-Johnson at pick 25, but this selection would make too much sense to pass up on. Adding a third playmaker on the defensive line is key for the Eagles in making sure their defense can be what is needed for them to get back into Super Bowl contention. Wilkins would give them that and more not only for this season but for years to come.

Round 2 (Pick 53): S Darnell Savage, Maryland

Darnell Savage said it himself on Twitter: he can play virtually anywhere on defense, whether it’s safety, cornerback, or even linebacker, and that’s something the Eagles coveted.

The Eagles are deep at safety for 2019, with Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, and Andrew Sendejo at the top of the depth chart. However, the Eagles move safeties around like no other team in the league, and the position could quickly become a need after next season, with McLeod and Sendejo set to be free agents in 2020.

It’s noted the versatility Savage has, but as a safety alone he is very capable. In 2018, Savage had 52 tackles, including 5.5 for a loss, and intercepted four passes, while also batting down two.

As you can see in this highlight video, Savage would be a great fit in the Eagles secondary, and learning from Jenkins would be very beneficial for his future.

Round 2 (Pick 57): WR Parris Campbell, Ohio State

Nelson Agholor will be back with the Eagles for 2019, but that doesn’t mean his future with the team is very secure. The Eagles met with a handful of slot receivers that could be successors to Agholor throughout their pre-draft preparations.

How serious the Eagles are about a potential Agholor replacement will ultimately determine when they select a wide receiver, because they do need one for depth reasons in general, but who they met with seems to hint they want to take a receiver earlier rather than later. If so, Parris Campbell makes the most sense out of the bunch.

Campbell ran a blazing 40-yard dash time of just 4.31 seconds, and also had a 40″ vertical leap and a 4.03 20-yard shuttle. Campbell’s speed and athleticism is something the Eagles need on offense, and it would be put to great use with Carson Wentz at quarterback.

In 2018, Campbell caught 90 passes for 1,068 yards (11.8 yards per catch) and 12 touchdowns. Campbell also has some history of returning kicks, as he returned 30 kicks between 2016 and 2017, before not returning any in 2018. Whether it’s in the intermediate passing game or in the deep passing game, Campbell can do it all.

For those who need to be sold more on Campbell, his highlight tape is sure to do the trick. If the Eagles do have plans on moving on from Agholor after next season, adding Campbell in this year’s draft is a solid way to do so.

Round 4 (Pick 127): RB Justice Hill, Oklahoma State

After trading for Jordan Howard, the Eagles have finally addressed their power running back spot. However, adding a more elusive back is still needed, and Justice Hill fills that need.

Hill was one of five reported running back’s the Eagles brought in for visits, but he makes the most sense, especially in this round of the draft, out of that group. In 2018, Hill ran for 930 yards, averaging 5.9 yards per carry and had nine rushing touchdowns. Hill also had a bit of a presence in the passing game, catching 13 passes for 68 yards.

What’s best about Hill is his lack of wear-and-tear as a runner, and his quick first step gives him the speed to add big play ability to the Eagles running game.

With Darren Sproles still unsure about returning for next season and Corey Clement still recovering from his knee injury, the Eagles will be forced to take a running back at some point in this years draft, and Hill is a great candidate for them.

Round 4 (Pick 138): OT Bobby Evans, Oklahoma

Jason Peters will be back for 2019, but that doesn’t mean left tackle shouldn’t be addressed in some fashion through the draft. Behind Peters, there isn’t too much security either. Halapoulivaati Vaitai is set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2020, and Jordan Mailata may still be a work in progress, restricting him from being of use on the field.

If the Eagles wait until round four to take a left tackle, Bobby Evans is a solid option. At 6’5 and 299 pounds, Evans has good size to line up against the majority of the defensive ends in the NFL.

Evans is an athletic lineman and thrives in blocking for the run, but his biggest knock is his hand technique. While that is a problem for an offensive lineman, Evans coming in and being able to learn from Peters would only mean good things for him moving forward.

The Eagles don’t need a starting left tackle, but drafting Evans would give them the possibility of adding a player capable of doing so in the coming years.

Round 5 (Pick 163): LB Te’Von Coney, Notre Dame

Linebacker is arguably the biggest need for the Eagles, but then again, it’s not. The Eagles simply don’t covet the position enough to invest substantial money or target high in the draft for it to be a dire need.

The Eagles have been able to move Nigel Bradham on the inside when needed, and Malcolm Jenkins played around 40% of defensive snaps at linebacker in 2018. The Eagles added LJ Fort and re-signed Paul Worrilow, who missed all of 2018 due to a torn ACL, to the middle linebacker mix, but they could use one more piece there.

Te’Von Coney has had some troubles in the past, including having to serve a year of probation after being arrested for marijuana possession, but in the fifth round, there isn’t much risk. On the field, Coney would add great toughness in stopping the run that the Eagles could use on the inside in the second level.

In 2018, Coney totaled a career-high 123 tackles, including 9.5 for a loss and 4.0 sacks. Coney struggles in the passing game, but with solid depth behind him and Jenkins also being in the mix at the position, that weakness won’t be noticed much.

Round 6 (Pick 197): QB Easton Stick, North Dakota State

In 2016, the Eagles drafted a quarterback from North Dakota State that changed the outlook of the franchise. Drafting North Dakota State’s Easton Stick may not have the same impact, but it would add security behind the former Bison, Carson Wentz.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie made it clear that he would like the team to bring in a quarterback from the draft at least every other year, which would mean the Eagles drafting a quarterback this year. With Nate Sudfeld officially back for next season after signing his second-round tender, the Eagles may be set to bring in some competition for him through the draft for the job of backing up Wentz.

In 2018, Stick completed 175 of 281 passes for 2,752 yards, 28 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Stick is also a great runner, as he ran for 677 yards and 17 touchdowns on 117 rush attempts.

The Eagles selecting Stick in the sixth round would draw quite the attention for a pick this late in the draft, but it makes a ton of sense if the Eagles are motivated to add a quarterback through the draft.

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