• Asher Jacobs

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Report

round Round 1 (21): Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

The Philadelphia Eagles did not have a single 500 yard wide receiver last season, so it was no surprise to see them grab one with their first round pick. The Eagles made multiple attempts to trade up and get CeeDee Lamb when he was sliding, but teams wouldn't budge. Reagor was considered to be one of the best deep threats in all of college football last season, but that's not all he can do. Jalen is a seriously good athlete, who runs smooth routes, and is a home run threat whenever the ball is in his hands. Reagor only ran a 4.47 40 yard dash at the combine, which left many confused, and would definitely scare off a few teams, but it was evident from watching his tape that the man is faster than that. He answered to these doubts by running an unofficial 4.22 40 at his pro day. That's fast. Reagor had a serious dip in production from his sophomore to junior season, but many simply overlook that, and attribute it to poor quarterback play. Reagor will struggle against physical corners in the league, and had some bad drops in his TCU career. This pick is going to get docked for me, simply because I feel that Justin Jefferson was the better pick, as the Eagles want a volume receiver, and Jefferson proved he was exactly that, catching 111 passes last season, tied for the most in the country. Reagor should be able to thrive against off coverage, and less physical corners in the league.

Pick Grade: B+

Round 2 (53): Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma

This is a curious pick to say the least, but the one thing I can say, is that the Eagles have a history of having a great backup quarterback more often than not, and this dates all the way back to the Vick-McNabb days. This pick is not going to get the best grade from me, and it has nothing to do with Hurts as a prospect, because I feel he can be incredibly successful in the league, but more to do with the fact that the Eagles do not need Hurts, and there were still many great options on the board at wide receiver, and in the defensive secondary. Prospects such as Denzel Mims, and Kristian Fulton were still available, both of which had received first round grades from many scouts. The eagles may be able to utilize Hurts with Wentz, but it still won't have as much of an impact as a Denzel Mims pick, or even Kristian Fulton on the defensive side of the ball. Hurts is a competitor, in every sense of the word, he has had huge success at the college level, and he will do whatever it takes to win. This is something that we admire in prospects, and I think it will suit Hurts well. Jalen has a big arm, and has tons of talent, the issue lies within his processing abilities. He struggles working through progressions and making decisions. Hurts' will to win is going to make him successful on its own in the league, and I can't wait to watch the young man play.

Pick Grade: C+

Round 3 (103): Davion Taylor, LB, Colorado

Taylor is a freak athlete, who may be a bit raw, but has some incredibly intriguing aspects to his game. Over the last couple of off-seasons, the Eagles have lost lots of talent at the linebacker position, including Jordan Hicks, and Kamu Grugier-HIll. Taylor will likely grow into Grugier-Hill's replacement, and will be a key special teamer for the Eagles. Taylor has tons of range, and is very quick to get to the ball once he diagnoses the play. He is built to succeed in both the run and pass games, and should be able to flourish in the league under good coaching. Taylor flies to the ball once he diagnoses the ball, but his biggest weakness is play recognition. In other words, Davion is very slow to determine run or pass, but once he gets that down, he flies to the ball with intent. We can see this, as he produced 18 tackles for loss in two seasons with the Buffaloes. This is my favorite pick in the first three rounds for the Eagles, as they address a need, both on defense, and special teams, and essentially replace Grugier-Hill.

Pick Grade: A

Round 4 (127): K'Von Wallace, S, Clemson

Another great pick for the Eagles, as they draft a position of need, and get someone with serious championship pedigree in K'Von Wallace. Wallace is a versatile defensive back, which is exactly what the Eagles need, and he plays the game with immense physicality. Wallace isn't the best athlete, but he isn't afraid to step up and create contact. He plays with a serious competitive drive, and will do what he's asked to do by the team. Wallace has some great ball skills as well, totaling 21 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, and 5 interceptions in his time at Clemson. K'Von's weakness comes in his athleticism, as he lacks the ability to play off man coverage, due to tight hips, and a lack of downfield speed. The Eagles have put together some pieces of a secondary, acquiring Darius Slay, Nickell Robey-Coleman, and Will Parks. This is the perfect piece to add the puzzle, as K'Von can do so many different things in the secondary. The Eagles make two straight quality picks on defense, and give fans some hope, after what many believed to be an awful pick of Jalen Hurts.

Pick Grade: A-

Round 4 (145): Jack Driscoll, OT, Auburn

This feels like somewhat of an unnecessary pick by the Eagles. With Lane Johnson holding down the fort at the right tackle position, and last year's first round pick, Andre Dillard, who they love in Philly, slated to replace Jason Peters at left tackle, this feels like a pick to add depth to the line. Unless they plan to slide Driscoll inside to guard, that's exactly what this pick is intended to do, add depth. Driscoll is a good athlete, who thrives in the run game, finding his way to the second level with ease, and has incredible hand placement. Driscoll has experience blocking for NFL talent, as he was a starter with Kerryon Johnson, and Jarrett Stidham in 2018. Lane Johnson is getting up there in age, as he's 30 years old, but still has some quality play in him. Driscoll could very well be considered Johnson's replacement, but this seems a bit preemptive, as Johnson isn't done yet. The Eagles at this point still needed receivers, and with talent such as Quintez Cephus, and Colin Johnson still on the board, it's hard for me to condone adding depth to an offensive line that is already elite.

Pick Grade: C+

Round 5 (168): John Hightower, WR, Boise State

This is another pick I can get on board with. Hightower is an explosive athlete, running a 4.43 40 yard dash, posting a 38.5 inch vertical, and a 122 inch broad jump. This is no surprise as Hightower has a background in track and field, and the Eagles continue to add speed to their receiving core. I think this is a good pick, as Philly is addressing a need on their roster, but again, I don't know if continuing to add home run threat type receivers is the way to go. Hightower was a deep play threat, averaging almost 18 yards per reception at Boise State. He compiled 82 catches for 1,447 and 14 touchdowns in two seasons with the Broncos, not to mention 24 carries for 317 yards and 2 touchdowns. The man is an explosive athlete, and should be able to provide the Eagles with some versatility, and be able to fit into just about any scheme. Hightower is 6'2", and although he only weighs 190 pounds, he still has a height advantage over the average NFL corner. This is the right pick by position, but with limited tape on Hightower, and proven talent such as James Proche still available at the position, the pick could have been better.

Pick Grade: B

Round 6 (196): Shaun Bradley, LB, Temple

Shaun Bradley is another linebacker that is projected to be a high level special teamer in the league. This is something that intrigues the Eagles, as they are often able to turn these type of prospects into rotation based linebackers. Bradley isn't the biggest, longest, or most athletic, but he has plus linear speed, and good finishing abilities. Bradley is slow to diagnose plays and concepts, but is able to somewhat make up for it with this sideline to sideline speed. Bradley is not afraid of contact, and is able to finish plays with plus tackling ability, and good open field movement diagnosis. Bradley lacks the strength and size to become an every down linebacker in the league, but crazier things have happened, and if he's going to flourish in the league, Philadelphia is a perfect place for it to happen. The Eagles will get docked here, as many believe that Bradley isn't quite NFL ready, but will likely be able to attribute when it comes to special teams.

Pick Grade: C

Round 6 (200): Quez Watkins, WR, Southern Mississippi

Again, the Eagles go wide receiver with this pick, and again, it's a home run threat. Watkins ran a 4.35 40 yard dash at the NFL combine, which was the second fastest time by a receiver, behind only Henry Ruggs, the 12th pick of the draft. Watkins produced at Southern Miss, hauling in 159 catches, for 2,404 yards, and 17 touchdowns in 3 seasons. His strongest season was just this past fall, as he tallied 64 catches for 1,178 yards, and 6 touchdowns, averaging 18.4 yards per reception. Quez Watkins has been docked for being shut down by top competition, such as Alabama and Trevon Diggs. He doesn't possess the physicality to beat press coverage, or make contested catches. My biggest worry is that the Eagles are stacking too many receivers with this same set of weaknesses. The Cowboys will likely be the Eagles primary competition within their division in the near future, and the Cowboys corners like to come down and play press coverage. The Eagles lack of ability to beat press coverage is quite concerning. Other than Watkins' elite speed, he really doesn't have another way to win matchups.

Pick Grade: C+

Round 6 (210): Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn

You may know Tega Wanogho from his viral NFL Draft commercial. He grew up in Nigeria, and was recruited to come play high school basketball in America. He made the transition to football in his senior year of high school in America, and the rest is history for him. Prince is 6' 5", 310 pounds, and for a sixth round pick of his size, his athleticism is unparalleled. We could have guessed this, with his basketball background, but Tega Wanogho may have already set himself up for success in the league purely based off of his background, and athletic nature. Scouts from DraftWire.com say that if Prince had been able to participate in combine drills, his numbers may have sent him flying into first round conversation. In other words, the Eagles just got an absolute steal. His technical skills, such as hand placement, and timing, are not quite there yet, but he only started playing football in his senior year of high school, so with professional coaching, these will likely develop. As a Cowboy fan, it's very hard to say this, but I truly believe the Eagles outright robbed the league with this pick.

Pick Grade: A+

Round 7 (233): Casey Toohill, LB, Stanford

Toohill is a 3-4 standup outside linebacker, but the Eagles don't play a 3-4, so he'll likely have to play defensive end. Casey is 20 pounds lighter than the average rookie defensive end, so he's often moved off the ball in the run game, but he possesses impressive pass rushing traits, and was able to produce significant numbers in the Pac-12, so he's well worth a seventh round pick. Toohill is coming off of a breakout season at Stanford, in which he posted 57 total tackles, 11.5 of which were TFL's, and added on 8 sacks. He was able to play the run well at Stanford, from the outside linebacker position, but my fear is that he'll simply not be big enough to play the run from the defensive end position in the league. Toohill would have been a very intriguing prospect in a 3-4 system, but he simply doesn't have the size, or athletic ability that he needs in order to succeed as a defensive end in the league. But hey, as I always say in these articles, there is no such thing as a bad seventh round pick, and Toohill is definitely worth a shot.

Pick Grade: C

Draft Summary:

The Eagles drafted well on day 3 of the draft, and more than made up for a questionable second round pick of Jalen Hurts. This class includes 3 wide receivers, 3 linebackers, 2 offensive tackles, 1 safety, and 1 quarterback. Philly did a good job of drafting positionally, and were able to find some replacements for key losses in free agency. I actually love this draft for the Eagles. They balanced preparation for the future with putting themself in a position to win now. My biggest issue is them passing on Justin Jefferson in the first round, as I believe that decision will haunt them for years to come, but otherwise the Eagles hit on the majority of their picks. The additions of Prince Tega Wanogho, K'Von Wallace, and Davion Taylor will be looked back on as some great low price additions to the squad. This may not be a common opinion, but this is a top 10 draft class for me.

Overall Draft Grade: A-