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Will the Eagles pick one of the 22 players attending the 2018 NFL Draft?

It’d be nice if they did.

NCAA Football: Florida State at Louisville Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

One of the really cool things about the last two NFL Drafts is that the Philadelphia Eagles came away with some really good first-round picks.

2016’s Carson Wentz is a franchise quarterback and was a legitimate MVP candidate last season. 2017’s Derek Barnett, who is only 21 years old, showed that he has a bright future as an NFL edge rusher.

Another cool part about these picks (to me, at least) is how these guys were first introduced to Philadelphia. Both players physically attended the draft and held up an Eagles jersey as they posed on stage with Roger Goodell after officially being selected.

I realize some (or most) probably don’t care about this aspect of the draft. It doesn’t matter if the player is there or not. It matters if the player is actually good. Often times the two of those things are connected, but it’s not always the case.

Still, there’s just something about the visual that I like. I appreciate getting to see the person that the Eagles pick live on the draft stage. I think it endears the player to his new fan base. It’s kind of lame when the name is called and all the broadcast shows is a highlights package.

Anyway, I bring this topic up because the NFL recently announced the 22 invitees to the 2018 NFL Draft. Here’s the complete list in alphabetical order.

CB Jaire Alexander

QB Josh Allen

RB Saquon Barkley

DT Taven Bryan

DE Bradley Chubb

QB Sam Darnold

DE Marcus Davenport

LB Tremaine Edmunds

LB Rashaan Evans

DB Minkah Fitzpatrick

LB Shaquem Griffin

RB Derrius Guice

CB Josh Jackson

QB Lamar Jackson

S Derwin James

OT Kolton Miller

QB Josh Rosen

LB Leighton Vander Esch

DT Vita Vea

CB Denzel Ward

OT Connor Williams

My question to you is: Will the Eagles pick one of these players?

I sure hope so. And not just because I usually like to see the Eagles pick a player at the draft. The fact that this year’s draft is being held in Dallas ups the ante. It’d just be so great for Cowboys fans to have to watch the Super Bowl Champion Eagles pick the stud who is going to torment them for years to come at No. 32.

And while all of these 22 names certainly won’t be in play, a number of them will. I’d say those realistically include: Alexander, Bryan, Evans, Guice, Miller, LVE, and Williams. (The Eagles could conceivably draft Griffin on Day 3 but obviously not at No. 32.) For the most part, I’d be happy with one of those picks.

Just for fun, let’s play a game with the attendees. Rank the players in order of which you think it’s likely the Eagles have them on their board. If you think the Eagles won’t draft one of the players attending this year’s draft, you’re a terrible person and I hate you. Just kidding. You can include those players as well, if you want.

For me, I’m going ...


What say you?


Who will the Eagles pick with their first selection in the 2018 NFL Draft?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Jaire Alexander
    (25 votes)
  • 1%
    Taven Bryan
    (10 votes)
  • 3%
    Rashaan Evans
    (25 votes)
  • 45%
    Derrius Guice
    (312 votes)
  • 3%
    Kolton Miller
    (24 votes)
  • 17%
    Leighton Vander Esch
    (120 votes)
  • 7%
    Connor Williams
    (49 votes)
  • 17%
    Someone else not listed here
    (120 votes)
685 votes total Vote Now

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