Despite the Flyers beating the Wild Thursday night, I don’t hold out much hope that the team will push into the playoffs. They’re wildly inconsistent and truthfully don’t have the scoring depth to make it. So, since I can’t get my Stanley Cup hopes up, I decided to take a look at some prospects the Flyers may have a chance to draft.
Round 1 (14) – Gareon Conley | CB | Ohio State | 6’0” | 195
NFL Comp: Darius Slay
As of Friday, I was almost certain that the Eagles were going to draft Sidney Jones from Washington; however, at his pro day Jones tore his Achilles tendon, so there is no way Jones gets drafted in the first round. The next-best corner on my draft board is Gareon Conley from Ohio State, who excelled during the combine. Conley posted a 4.44 40-yard dash, 37-inch vertical, and was a top performer with a 6.68-second three-cone drill. Conley is an extremely long defender with 33-inch arms, but doesn’t lose quickness or fluidity. Conley also played various coverages at Ohio State showing competency at press, off-man, and zone coverages. Conley possess instincts required for the position and ball skills to create turnovers at the next level with 4 interceptions and 8 passes defensed last season. He fits the Eagles’ system and would be a good matchup against Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall for the foreseeable future. Continue reading
1 – Markelle Fultz (PG – 6’4” 195 lbs, Washington – FR)
(previous rank: 1)
I’ll be the first to admit that I watched far less Washington games than I should have, but I couldn’t do it. I wasn’t going to stay up until 11 just to watch a sorry excuse for basketball. The Huskies were awful. They had a group of guys and Markelle Fultz. Fultz put on a show night-in and night-out, carrying the team on his back on a slash line of 23/6/6. I can’t tell you how many times Fultz split a double-team, moved into the lane and delivered a perfect pass only for it to be mishandled out of bounds. Had he been on a good team, maybe the numbers aren’t as good, but don’t let that distract you from the talent. It’s obvious he still has a lot to learn about running the point, but what he was able to do while learning on the job and without any semblance of a supporting cast showed poise beyond his years. His pull-up game has been most impressive to me. Typically players will pad their numbers with open looks off screens – not Fultz. Fultz has no problem stopping his dribble and shooting (on or off balance) from anywhere on the court, yet he still did it efficiently. Looking for a negative? His free-throw percentage was less than stellar (65%) and his defense was lacking to say the least. His physical tools and raw ability will be enough to make him a competent defender, so I’m not worried in the least. Fultz is a superstar in waiting.
What grade would you give the Eagles’ free agent moves?
Dan – I give them an A. We all know the wide receivers were terrible last year. Howie knew it too. He went out and fixed it. I’m a fan of the talent he brought in. I don’t think Torey Smith is done. I think he was in a bad spot on a bad team. I expect a bounce back year. Taking a chance on Chance Warmack (see what I did there?) was a good move. A change of scenery could be very beneficial for him. Continue reading
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that John Ross broke the combine 40-yard dash record with a 4.22; however, he didn’t work out after that run because of cramps, so I did not include him in winners and losers. Continue reading
Evan Engram | TE | Mississippi | 6’3” | 234
Evan Engram not only proved that he was possibly the best athlete in the draft, but that he’s a complete prospect at the position. Engram had Day 2 buzz already but his smallish size gave people their doubts. Engram silenced them Saturday afternoon running a 4.42 40 that would have placed him as the fourth fastest wideout. He added in a 36” vertical and 125” broad jump to make it even more impressive. In the blocking and receiving drills, Engram looked comfortable. He showed sound technique with his blocks and showed some of the best hands at the position in the gauntlet and route tree drills. Engram has worked himself towards a possible Day 1 trip up to the podium.