We did not have a talk this week, but I asked for questions and comments from Twitter and via email so we could still have our weekly postpose. Let’s just get straight to it.
Question by Obed Torres: List your 3 favorite non-first-rounders this draft.
1) Cam Taylor-Britt, CB, Nebraska: He is a versatile player who has had success both in safety and cornerback. For example, in 2019, where he played (mostly) safety, he had four forced fumbles and three INTs (including a pick-6). As a corner kick in 2021, he had 51 tackles and 11 passing fouls. He is a smart player who is particularly good in zone coverage and therefore fits well into this defense, but he comes on this list because he is a physical player who is an aggressive percussionist in running support and he is super competitive. I loved watching him at the Senior Bowl, for things like this:
2) Marcus Jones, CB / KR / PR, Houston: Jones’ 2022 season: 47 tackles, 5 INTs, 13 pass breakups, 4 kick-point returns for touchdowns (9 for his career) and 10 receptions on offense in 109 yards and a TD. Super fun highlight wheel:
3) Jelani Woods, TE, Virginia: He is huge and extremely athletic. Just a very fun player to watch.
There’s also just something about No. 0 that I like about the type of player he is for some stupid reason.
Question by Andrew Stevens: Would you switch 15 to Detroit for 32 and 34?
As for the trade the Eagles made with the Saints this year, or even the one they did last year with the Dolphins, they were too sweet to risk losing by saying, “Well, maybe when we’re on the clock.”
But in a trading scenario like this with the Lions, you would never do it before the draft begins, because for all we know, a player who has nothing to fall for can fall. There are certain players I would rather have than a few picks in the low 30s. But if those guys are all gone when they’re 15, then it’s definitely not a bad opportunity to swap back.
Question by Nick Becker: There’s a hopeful but realistic dream scenario where the Eagles get Kyle Hamilton and Jordan Davis in the first. If he (or two other good defenders) gets selected in the first one, who are your favorite WR goals of 51 or later? (I like the X profile of Alec Pierce)?
It would be hard for me to see Hamilton get past Washington in Election No. 11, but you never know. I think Davis is more likely to be available as a 15-year-old.
As for recipients of the second round, I think you’re looking at guys like George Pickens, Christian Watson, Jalen Tolbert and Skyy Moore. And of course Pierce is 6’3 and he runs a 4.41 so he could sneak into that group too.
I think Pickens is the guy who offers the most upside but is a gamble because of his injury history. While Nick Sirianni would rightly argue that X receivers can come in all different shapes and sizes, Pickens would fit the classic X receiver description.
Question by Joshua Murray: Which of the LBs on the second row do you prefer for the Eagles? If we assume Devin Lloyd and Nakobe Dean are tier 1, I think Troy Andersen, Christian Harris, Chad Muma and Quay Walker would be tier 2. If all four of the other tier guys are there at 51, who would you so choose?
Your “tier 2” is probably pretty true. Some may have Walker in “tier 1”, and some may add Wisconsin’s Leo Chenal to “tier 2”.
Of your four, I would take Walker for his mix of size, athleticism and ability to do a little of each. He is a linebacker with three down. The group as a whole is really impressive in terms of measurable. Links to Spider Charts:
- Quay Walker
- Christian Harris
- Chad Muma
- Troy Andersen
I think there are good values to be found in linebackers in rounds 2 and 3.
Question by Todd Bailey: Of the approx. 27 other CBs they currently have on the list, and provided they do not draft yet another early, who is most likely to start facing Slay?
Of the players currently on the list, it is Zech McPhearson. We took a deep dive into his 2021 season here. The team’s reported interest in Stephon Gilmore is interesting. If that reporting was correct, it means they had some interest in adding a one-year patch, although my guess is that it would have been after the draft if they did not take one with an early choice.
Question by Braman: I know you’re not thrilled about Drake London (neither am I). That’s why I want to trust your answer to this question: If the Eagles draft him, then what needs to happen for this to actually turn into a brilliant addition to our offensive?
I actually think he would fit well. He played a lot on the pitch at USC, and one of the best things he does is work the open areas of the field against zone coverage. That type of player could be effective in an offensive led by a mobile quarterback who is likely to see a lot of zone coverage from the opponents defense. And with a wide catch radius, London’s presence would help a quarterback who does not always have precision. London could definitely succeed in the Eagles’ attack.
So I like him to some degree, just not in the top half of the first round (or in the first round at all, really).
Question by Jack Fogarty: Should the Eagles trade for Kadarius Toney?
If any of you missed it, the Giants are looking to trade Toney, according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.
As a rookie last year, Toney skipped OTAs. Which, I mean, really? According to Dan Duggan of The Athletic, this was because he had not yet signed his rookie contract, even though rookies routinely participate in offseason activities without contracts because they are covered by rookie participation agreements.
This year, he skips them over again, despite the team having picked up a new coaching staff. Toney is talented and he showed exciting glimpses as a rookie, but I can not imagine Nick Sirianni not wanting that guy near his team.
Question by Jan Mellon: Greater chance of being swapped during the draft, Andre Dillard or Jalen Reagor?
Dillard should have value for other teams in the league. Reagor probably does not. So I would say Dillard, followed by Gardner Minshew. However, I do not think any players already on the list will be dealt with next weekend.
Question by Zach Teutsch: What is Milton Williams’ best plausible result? What do you think the most likely outcome is?
Williams’ mix of power and speed was evident in the preseason, but he was quiet to start the season. In his first 7 games he had 0 sacks, 0 tackles for losses, 0 slaughtered passes and 0 QB hits in 180 snaps. During his last 10 games he became more active and collected 2 sacks, 6 tackles for losses, 2 slaughtered passes and 6 QB hits.
The unproductive early part of the season was enough to be expected of a late bloomer from a smaller school who had somehow jumped around in a few different positions. I think he’s projecting like a rotating guy in 2022, just like he was like a rookie, but I think you’ll see a whole year of production instead of having to wait a while for the light to come on. He has a chance to become a good starter in the NFL, but he will have to wait for Fletcher Cox to clear the way.
One of the things that stood out to me last season when I watched Jordan Mailata’s 2020 season was how he seemed to punish defensive linemen as his confidence grew. He was bigger and stronger than everyone, and once he started honing his technique, he could become a bully on the court. I think the Eagles would like to see Williams start to realize that he is stronger and more athletic than almost everyone who tries to block him (we’re all seen his spider cards, right?), And as he gets older more comfortable with how to play on the professional level it would be nice to see something ugly.
Question by DawkinsJersey: How urgent is it to draft Jason Kelce’s replacement? Cam Jurgens seems like an exciting choice in the third round.
If you get a good value for a guy like Jurgens or Zach Tom (Wake Forest), then these types of very athletic players would be in a good position to learn under Kelce and Jeff Stoutland for a year or so before they finally take over kl. center. But I do not think it’s something they need to do urgently.
Because they already have some G / C versatile starters on the team of Landon Dickerson and Isaac Seumalo, the Eagles have some flexibility in what their offensive line will look like every time Kelce hangs his cleats up. They should not rush into finding an apple-to-apple substitute like Jurgens, Tom or Tyler Linderbaum, for example, unless the value is really there.
Question by Steve Bond: Do you think “the center of the future” is on the list right now, or will he be drafted?
I think he’s appointed, in 2023. As a disclaimer, I can not claim that I know what the center position will look like in the 2023 draft.
Question by Kev O’Content Jr .: Just as much as we dog Lurie for keeping Howie in the long run, it’s not nice to have a GM who does not want to save his job by only making short-term focused moves out of desperation ? I love the “accumulate high draft long term” kick he’s been on since moving Wentz.
Though it was so obvious a fleecing, the trade Howie made with the Saints is not one that many other GMs around the league would be willing to make because they feel they have to win now. So yes, one of Howie’s strengths is his immortality, which allows him to make moves that are beneficial in the long run.
Question by Ezekiel Quasar: Mike Florio (PFT) wrote an article about Howie Roseman’s comments that the Eagles should be different from other teams in order to escape mediocrity. He thought that meant you settle for a quarterback in the second row and build a leviathan around him. Given the crazy money given to quarterbacks and wide receivers, does that make any sense?
I respect Mike for thinking out of the box, but no, the Eagles tried to swap for Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson out of season. They are very interested in adding a top-tier quarterback and if they find the right one, they will be more than willing to compensate the player rich.
I also had to google leviathan.
Question by JR Willis: If Andy Weidl is hired for the Steelers’ GM job, then who do you see as Howie’s next lieutenant? Mike Mayock?
The Eagles have been proclaiming for years that they truly value their ability to develop future general managers in their Boy Scouts department. In fact, it was something Jeffrey Lurie pointed to as one of Howie’s strengths after the 2020 season at a time when he really needed to reach deep for something.
My bid is that they would promote someone from within.
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