1 (20) Nelson Agholor, WR, USC: 83 percent
The first night of the draft felt a little deflating for those who believed the team had a legitimate chance to get Marcus Mariota. The reality of Sam Bradford being the Eagles quarterback wasn't (and still isn't) easy for some to accept. But if you can get past that, you can see that the Agholor pick was one that made sense for the Eagles at No. 20. The team is thin at wide receiver and he should be a great addition. Agholor is a very impressive player both on and off the field. He's versatile and can contribute right away. He's also a really good punt returner, which is important due to Darren Sproles getting up there in age. The Agholor pick kind of sums up the Eagles 2015 draft class for me: good and above average but not quite elite.
2 (47) Eric Rowe, DB, Utah: 97 percent
The Eagles made a very fair deal to move up five spots to grab Eric Rowe. The Eagles showed a ton of interest in Rowe leading up to the draft so everyone saw this pick coming. Rowe really fits what Philadelphia values in their defensive backs in terms of size, athleticism, and versatility. It seems like he'll start out playing as a cornerback, which is definitely a big position of need moving forward. Walter Thurmond, Nolan Carroll, and Brandon Boykin are set to enter the 2015 season on the last year of their current deals.
3 (84) Jordan Hicks, LB, Texas: 55 percent
The Jordan Hicks pick came as a surprise and was easily the Eagles' least popular selection. Why are the Eagles taking another inside linebacker when they already have a logjam at the position? If the Eagles are moving on from Mychal Kendricks, which doesn't seem to make a lot of sense, it makes sense that Hicks fills a need. It seems like Hicks is being groomed to eventually take over for DeMeco Ryans while serving as a backup and special teams player in the meantime. Along with his size and athleticism, the Eagles seem to value Hicks' leadership and ability to line up the defense. That quality is a big reason why the team re-signed Ryans.
6 (191) JaCorey Shepherd, CB, Kansas: 97 percent
It was a long wait to get to this pick but the time was well worth it for Philadelphia. JaCorey Shepherd is a player who many draft analysts felt was a good value pick for the Eagles. Mike Mayock said he had a fourth round grade on him. Former WVU quarterback Clint Trickett called Shepherd "the steal of the draft." ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. had him as his best player available for a significant part of Day 3 until he was finally picked. Shepherd had a whopping 28 passes defensed to go with five interceptions in his final two years with the Jayhawks. Shepherd won't need to contribute right away but he can be a nice depth player to have.
6 (196) Randall Evans, CB, Kansas State: 89 percent
It was a little surprising to see the Eagles double dip at cornerback. Well, it's really a triple dip if you include Rowe as a cornerback, which seems like a safe assumption. Evans has some experience at outside cornerback, nickel cornerback, and safety but he saw most of his action in the slot. The Eagles already have Walter Thurmond and Brandon Boykin for the slot position but the former is on a one-year deal and the latter could be traded away.
7 (237) Brian Mihalik, DE, BC: 83 percent
Mihalik is one of those "big people" Chip Kelly likes to add to the team's offseason roster. Not only is he big but he's a pretty good athlete as well. Mihalik is raw and the Eagles are deep on the defensive line so he'll have to stand out to earn a spot. Maybe he makes it to the practice squad in 2015. Vinny Curry, and Cedric Thornton are both scheduled to be free agents in 2016 so it doesn't hurt to add a piece here.