It’s only been one week since the 2018 NFL Draft began so naturally it’s already time to look ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft. Earlier this week, we looked at SB Nation’s 2019 first round pick for the Eagles. Now it’s time for Todd McShay’s version via ESPN In$ider.
28. Philadelphia Eagles - Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina. The talent is there, but injuries (18 games played over three seasons) have slowed Samuel’s progress.
Samuel, 22, is a redshirt junior who measures in at 6-1, 215 pounds. In a mere 18 games played, he’s racked up 86 receptions for 1,194 yards (13.9 average) and five touchdowns. He also has 17 carries for 128 yards (7.5 average) and seven scores. As a returner, Samuel has taken 19 kick returns for three touchdowns and a strong average of 34.2 yards.
The Eagles could very well use some help at receiver next offseason with Mike Wallace scheduled to be a free agent. But to give you an idea of just how useless this mock could end up being, consider that last year at this time McShay had the Eagles taking Bo Scarborough in the first round. The Alabama running back ended up being selected in the seventh round by the Dallas Cowboys last weekend.
The most interesting part of this mock arguably has nothing to do with the picks themselves. Rather, it’s the order in which they’re made. McShay doesn’t come up with the draft order himself. He uses the early win projection totals from Football Projection. Those won’t be fully revealed until later this offseason but for now we now the projections don’t favor the Eagles as repeat Super Bowl champions. The Saints, Steelers, Packers, and Patriots project to go further than the Eagles this season.
Underdogs once again.