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NFL Draft Results: Philadelphia Eagles welcome eight new rookies for the 2016 season

The Philadelphia Eagles 2016 NFL Draft class is now complete. Meet all eight of the new Eagles players.

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The Philadelphia Eagles 2016 NFL Draft class started with the selection of Carson Wentz and ended with Joe Walker. The Eagles entered the draft with seven picks but traded down once and ended up drafting eight players. The final results can be found below.

First Round - Carson Wentz

The Eagles traded a total of five draft picks, including a 2017 first,  in order to move up from No. 8 to No. 2 this year to draft Wentz. The team clearly believes in him as their next franchise quarterback. It remains to be seen when Wentz will actually take over as the team's starter, however. The Eagles are seemingly committed to Sam Bradford as their starter in the short-term. The problem is that Bradford has demanded a trade and is skipping voluntary workouts. It's only a matter of time until Wentz gets his chance to prove he's the real deal.

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Second Round - No pick

The Eagles traded their 2016 second round pick last offseason in order to get Sam Bradford.

Third Round - Isaac Seumalo

Seumalo is the first offensive lineman the Eagles have drafted since 2013. He might be able to make up for all the other blockers the Eagles have missed out in past years due to his versatility. Seumalo can play all five offensive line positions. The Eagles have said Seumalo will start out at guard. He'll compete for a starting job on the left side of the offensive line.

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Fourth Round - No pick

The Eagles traded their No. 113 pick and DeMarco Murray to the Titans for No. 100 overall. Then the Eagles sent that pick to the Browns in order to get up to No. 2.

Fifth Round - Wendell Smallwood and Halapoulivaati Vaitai

The first of the Eagles' two fifth round selections was a running back. Philadelphia drafted the West Virginia rusher after there was a run on running backs right before their pick. It's easy to wonder if he was really their preferred option. In any case, Smallwood is with the Eagles now. He's a good pass catcher, which makes sense given Pederson is a Andy Reid offense disciple. There are some character concerns with Smallwood. To his credit, he owned up to his past mistakes in a press conference in Philadelphia on Saturday evening. Smallwood joins a committee of running backs that currently features Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, and Kenjon Barner.

Vaitai is nicknamed "Big V" and that's good because there's no way I'm ever going to learn how to spell his first name. He's a big and athletic guy that makes sense for the Eagles because he can play tackle. He can be a backup for the Birds for now while eventually getting a chance to start at right tackle in place of Lane Johnson, who will be moving over to the left side of the offensive line in the future.

Sixth Round - Blake Countess

Philadelphia traded down in this round to pick up an extra seventh round pick (No. 240).

The Eagles met with Countess on a pre-draft visit right before the deadline ended one week before the draft. The Auburn defensive back is versatile as he has experience at both cornerback and safety. The Eagles have a lot of cornerbacks on the roster so he'll have to stick out on special teams to earn a job.

Seventh Round - Jalen Mills, Alex McCalister, and Joe Walker

Mills has character concerns and injury concerns, which is why he fell lower than people expected him to go. CBS Sports projected Mills to be taken in the third round. He's their No. 91 overall ranked prospect. He has the versatility to play cornerback and safety. Add him into the mix of the many defensive backs competing for a roster spot in Philadelphia.

McCalister is big and athletic. He'll need to add some more weight to play defensive end on a regular basis. In the meantime he fits in as a depth guy and maybe a situational pass rusher. Jim Schwartz is probably looking forward to working with him and seeing if he can mold his raw talent.

The Eagles needed some depth at linebacker so Walker will have the chance to come in and compete for a depth spot on the team. Excelling on special teams will be key to him making the team or the practice squad even.


Here are your 2016 Eagles draft picks. Click on the link for more detailed write-ups.

1st (2) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State - [READ MORE]
3rd (79) - Isaac Seumalo, OL, Oregon State - [READ MORE]
5th (153) - Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia - [READ MORE]
5th (164) - Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OL, TCU - [READ MORE]
6th (196) - Blake Countess, DB, Auburn - [READ MORE]
7th (233) - Jalen Mills, S, LSU - [READ MORE]
7th (240) - Alex McCalister, DE, Florida - [READ MORE]
7th  (251) - Joe Walker, LB, Oregon - [READ MORE]

Stay tuned for undrafted free agency.

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