Mike Mayock recently released his top five players at each position in the 2018 NFL Draft, as he does around this time every year. This is his pre-Combine list, so things are bound to change a little once that’s over. Note that the 2018 NFL Combine will take place from Tuesday, February 27 through Monday, March 5. Less than two weeks away!
Let’s take a look at the biggest draft needs for the Eagles.
1. Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame
2. Orlando Brown, Oklahoma
3. Connor Williams, Texas
4. Tyrell Crosby, Oregon
T-5. Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State
T-5. Kolton Miller, UCLA
The Eagles prefer to build through the trenches. We just saw how that method paid off with a Super Bowl victory.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Eagles go with an offensive tackle at No. 32. Lane Johnson is an absolute stud at right tackle but he’s also still one failed drug test away from being suspended for two years. Jason Peters will likely be the Eagles’ left tackle in 2018 but he turned 36 years old last month. The Eagles could feel good about Halapoulivaati Vaitai as a replacement but it wouldn’t hurt to hedge their bet at a crucial position. You really can’t have too many good offensive linemen.
With the Eagles picking at No. 32, it remains to be seen if one of their tackle preferences falls to them. Maybe they get lucky in that regard.
1. Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech
2. Roquan Smith, Georgia
3. Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State
4. Rashaan Evans, Alabama
5. Uchenna Nwosu, USC
The Eagles have a big need at linebacker, especially if they can’t retain impending free agent Nigel Bradham. Even if they do re-sign Bradham, it’d be great to have more depth and insurance at this position given Jordan Hicks’ injury history.
Roquan Smith is a beast and would be a great addition for the Eagles but I doubt he makes it to No. 32.
1. Hayden Hurst, South Carolina
2. Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State
3. Mike Gesicki, Penn State
4. Mark Andrews, Oklahoma
5. Will Dissly, Washington
I don’t know that the Eagles would go tight end at No. 32 but they’re going to have to do something to seriously address the position, especially if Brent Celek and Trey Burton aren’t returning in 2018. The Eagles heavily utilize multiple tight ends so it would be a shock if they didn’t draft at least one this year.
Once again, you can check out Mayock’s entire rankings by CLICKING HERE. It’s only mid-February so these rankings will be in flux until the time late April gets here.