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.
Round 2 (43) – Alvin Kamara | RB | Tennessee | 5’10” | 214
NFL Comp: Brian Westbrook
Due to a series of unfortunate events, Kamara never really handled a full workload in college; however, his size and skill set lend themselves to being an every-down back in the NFL. Kamara creates matchup problems in the passing game, and can line up all over the field. In the running game, Kamara has adequate vision and is explosive when he decides which way he wants to go. Kamara’s explosiveness are explained by his 39.5 inch vertical leap, and 10’11” broad jump. Kamara possesses everything evaluators look for in a feature back in the NFL. Although Kamara can sometimes bounce runs to the outside to often, but that is often the case with young running backs. The Eagles have also showed interest in Kamara meeting with him at the NFL Combine.
Round 3 (74) – Ahkello Witherspoon | CB | Colorado | 6’3” | 198
NFL Comp: Bobby Taylor
Witherspoon is another long-rangey corner, who had an absolute stellar combine. Witherspoon was extremely productive at Colorado this season with 19 passes defensed and 1 interception. Most people agree that Witherspoon’s ball skills are much better then his interception production would indicate. Ahkello has an extremely high ceiling and is still learning how to play corner. Witherspoon has size and athleticism you can’t teach with a 4.45 40-yard dash and a 40.5 inch vertical leap. On tape, Witherspoon has excellent hip fluidity and usually takes good angles to the football. Run support is lacking, but hopefully the coaches would be able to get more out of him. With the litany of big cornerbacks in the NFC East, Witherspoon would be a welcome addition to a terrible secondary.
Round 4 (118) – Trey Hendrickson | DE | Florida Atlantic | 6’4” | 266
NFL Comp: Jared Allen
Hendrickson was highly productive at FAU, but was considered by many to be a late-round pick until he went to the East-West Shrine game and dominated. Hendrickson continued his rise at the combine where he posted a 4.65 40-yard dash and a 7.03 three-cone drill. Hendrickson has the best motor in the entire draft and is relentless when both rushing the passer and chasing down running backs. FAU even dropped Hendrickson into coverage on occasion and asked him to spy opposing quarterbacks. Hendrickson had 23 sacks over the last two seasons and 30 tackles-for-loss. With the disappointment of Vinny Curry last season and the departure of Connor Barwin, the Eagles will need depth at defensive end. Hendrickson could provide that much needed depth and could provide much needed help in pass rush.
Round 4 (139) – Taywan Taylor | WR | Western Kentucky | 5’11” | 203
NFL Comp: Justin Hardy
After a disappointing combine, it looks like Taylor will fall in this upcoming draft. Taylor was a top performer in the three-cone drill with a 6.57, which makes him best suited to play the slot at the next level. Taylor put up astronomical numbers at Western Kentucky; however, he played in an offense with a limited route tree. There is upside in picking Taylor at this point in the draft; for much of the season he was thought to be a 3rd-round pick. Taylor looked more explosive on tape than he measured at the combine and could boost his stock, if he tests better at his pro day. Taylor tends to let the ball into his body when catching, which could create issues at the next level. You can’t ignore the production, and without an immediate need at the position, Taylor could pay off if the team doesn’t resign Jordan Matthews.
Round 5 (155) – Jalen Reeves-Maybin | LB | Tennessee | 6’0” | 230
NFL Comp: Sean Weatherspoon
Going into this season, Reevis-Maybin was considered by most to be a borderline first-round pick; however, a shoulder injury really caused his stock to drop. Reeves-Maybin has good position versatility playing both the weak side and in the middle. Probably best suited for the weakside in the NFL, Reeves-Maybin is a fluid athlete and good in coverage of tight ends and running backs. At Tennesee, Reeves-Maybin was extremely productive. During his junior year, Reeves-Maybin had 105 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and six sacks. If the medical checks out, Reeves-Maybin would be a value pick at this point in the draft, who could replace Mychal Kendricks and contribute on special teams.
Round 6 (194) – Brendan Langely | CB | Lamar | 6’0” | 201
NFL Comp: Antoine Bathea
Langely was recruited to Georgia as a receiver, and after transferring to Lamar is learning how to play cornerback. At this point, Langely is extremely raw and a coaching staff mold in to anything they want. Langely has great size and athleticism. At the combine, Langely ran a 4.43 40-yard dash and bench pressed 22 reps. Langely’s best atribute is his ball skills, having six interceptions last season. Langely could probably also move to safety if he doesn’t work out at cornerback. Langely could immediately contribute on special teams, which is crucial for a 6th round pick.
Round 7 (230) – Prescott Line | FB | Michigan State | 5’11” | 253
NFL Comp: Anthony Sherman
Line started his career at SMU, where he showed his ability to catch and run the ball from their spread attack. After transferring to Michigan State as a graduate transfer, Line showed his ability to operate in a more traditional fullback role. As a blocker, Line does a very good job of clearing space for the lead back to operate and is athletic enough to occasionally catch passes and run in short yardage situations. Doug Pederson has said he would like to utilize a fullback in his offense, so I would expect them to draft one at some point. Line makes sense for the Eagles late.