The second day of the 2017 NFL Draft is over and the Philadelphia Eagles have made three picks so far. First it was Derek Barnett in the first round. Then the Eagles addressed the cornerback position by drafting Sidney Jones in the second and Rasul Douglas in the third.
Eagles fans seem to mostly be on board with the picks so far. I’m not sure the majority is raving about these choices, but Philadelphia’s picks are viewed more favorably than not.
I’ve graded each Eagles pick as a “B” rating so far. So it only makes sense that I’d give them that rating for their overall grade through the first two days.
See below for more hot takes and reviews from “experts” around the web.
As long as Jones is healthy he’s a great choice for the Eagles. Before he got hurt at his pro day he was expected to be a top 20 pick. The Eagles came into draft weekend desperately in need to talent at cornerback and Jones provides it. That, of course, is assuming he can get on the field early in his career.
Taking Douglas in the next round was a savvy move. Both could develop into starters for the Eagles in a hurry. Douglas has good measurables and knows how to use his size and strength advantage on the outside. Sometimes he can get too aggressive, but if he can refine his game he’ll outplay his draft slot.
There is risk coming off the torn Achilles tendon, but [Jones] could be a steal if it works out. And it is a big-time need.
Douglas is a big corner at 6-2 who impressed at West Virginia. They need help there, and he can play man coverage at his size.
Jones has first-round talent, but he's injured and unlikely to play until October. The Eagles need a cornerback that can hit the field and make an impact right away. There were other options available here; the Eagles opted for the long con.
Douglas: The Eagles land a top 50 prospect at No. 99 and get the cornerback they needed from the first two days.
In the second round, Philly got a first-round value in Sidney Jones, who might have to half-redshirt the year as he recovers from injury but will be a good corner down the road. Rasul Douglas is another long corner who will be on the field right away. The team hasn't helped its offense yet, however -- they have to do so early on Saturday. Even though the Eagles gave up their 2017 first-rounder for quarterback Carson Wentz, they were a beneficiary of Minnesota's need for a quarterback, as they got back into the first round by trading Sam Bradford last eyar. The way Wentz played this year showed they didn't really miss Bradford. They got the second-best pure edge rusher in the draft in Barnett at No. 14.
Sidney Jones’s Achilles injury would have made him a significant gamble in the first round. In Round 2, though, he’s a value pick. He was considered to be a potential top-10 pick before that setback at his pro day. He’s a tall, physical cornerback who can lock down on the outside. When he gets healthy again, the Eagles could have a star.
Definitely do not mind the Eagles doubling down on cornerback Friday night—it was a trouble spot on their depth chart, and Sidney Jones (their Round 2 pick) likely won’t be available until at least October. Douglas doesn’t have a ton of speed, but he has size, length and a knack for getting in front of receivers.
Barnett can develop into a production machine, and Jones is a first-round value who fell to the second round because of his injury.