With the weather changing and free agency cooling down that only means one thing, draft season. With the NFL draft finally coming up later this month, the coverage between now and then is going to be astronomical. We have heard a lot the last handful of months surrounding the Eagles and the draft. Instead of just sharing my ideas, I got some insight from Dante Collinelli, director of scouting at Blue Chip Scouting. Dante shared his predictions for the Eagles draft and what players could be on their radar.
Looking at the Eagles roster now after a fairly quiet free agency, there are still a lot of question marks around the team.
“The Eagles have a ton of holes on their roster despite making the playoffs last season,” Dante said. “I’d assume wide receiver, linebacker, cornerback, edge rusher, and defensive tackle are high on their board. Offensive line is a sneaky choice based on how the board falls”.
With the way the roster is shaped out now, you can’t rule any position group out from being drafted. The Eagles could certainly just look to add the best player available on their board, no matter who that could be.
There are a ton of intriguing prospects out there that could fit nicely on the Eagles. The Eagles are in desperate need of young talent.
“There are a bunch,” Dante said when asked about prospects that could fit nicely with the Eagles. “Pre-injury David Ojabo stands out. I think they’d really like Jordan Davis and Chirs Olave as well. I hope they like someone like Devin Lloyd, but Howie Roseman’s draft history says probably not”.
The Eagles were a team that was connected a lot to David Ojabo before his torn Achilles. One can only imagine that the reason Derek Barnett is back is that the Eagles really wanted David Ojabo but after the injury they needed insurance. The Eagles could still look at edge rushers, but there may be a run on edge rushers before pick fifteen.
I wonder if the David Ojabo injury had any affect on Barnett returning. Maybe the Eagles couldn't be certain that at least 1 of the pass rushers worthy of the 15th pick would make it that far, so they wanted to ensure they had *somebody* in place if the draft didn't go their way?
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The Eagles have selected a receiver in the first round in back-to-back drafts. It looks like the Eagles hit on DeVonta Smith, but Jalen Reagor looks like a complete bust. The Eagles starting receivers right now consist of DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins, and a combination of Jalen Reagor and Zach Pascal. That flat-out isn’t going to cut it. So could the Eagles look to draft a receiver in the first round for a third consecutive year?
“I think Chris Olave makes a ton of sense for them. He is in the same mold as DeVonta Smith was last season” Dante said.
With the free-agent market dried up, taking a receiver in the first might be the only option left to find a key contributor to the wide receiver room. The Eagles could also look at DeVante Parker in a trade. Parker is rumored to be shopped around after the recent Tyreek Hill trade.
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We have seen plenty of mock drafts since the end of the season, and Dante shared with me his.
“It’s hard to do a mock draft off the cuff, but in my most recent mock draft on BlueChipScouting.com, I had them take Devin Lloyd, Chris Olave, and Trent McDuffie. I’d like to think they move up or down, but if they stay put, that’s a solid haul of players” Dante said.
If the Eagles were to walk away with this after day one of the draft I would be ecstatic. The point Dante brings up at the end is something Eagles fans have come to realize in the last couple of months. I would be highly surprised if the Eagles actually made three selections in the first round of the draft. Howie has talked about this being a process and not going all in this year. It seems like the writing is on the wall for the Eagles to move one of their picks for another first in 2023. It gives the Eagles ammo for next year if they do not believe Jalen Hurts can be the future of the team.
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