It seems a forgone conclusion that the Eagles will draft a defensive lineman in the first round. Notice I said “in the first round,” not “with the 25th pick.” The history of Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas suggests that they’ll trade up in the first to get the DL they want. If we look at the drafts the Eagles have had with Roseman as GM (even though he had varying degrees of control for them) and that Douglas was a part of with the Ravens, it’s pretty clear.
Brandon Graham (traded up)
Fletcher Cox (traded up)
Derek Barnett (traded for)
Terrell Suggs (stayed put)
Haloti Ngata (traded up)
Marcus Smith (traded back)
If you’re Roseman and Douglas, your history tells you that being aggressive pays off. Graham, Cox, and Ngata were huge hits. The Ravens stayed put and landed Suggs, but he was the 10th overall pick and the first edge defender drafted. And Derek Barnett was the end result of being aggressive and trading Sam Bradford on the eve of the season starting, which catapulted Carson Wentz to starting. Meanwhile the one time they moved back and took a DL, he sucked.
So when the Eagles move up to take a defensive end or tackle, I not only won’t be surprised, I’ll be expecting it.
Fascinating question from @greggrosenthal on the latest @AroundTheNFL pod-— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) April 12, 2019
If Jason Garrett was the coach of the current Patriots roster, so Tom Brady is still QB, how many wins would they have in 2019? @ChrisWesseling set the over/under at 8.5
I agree with Wesseling, Jason Garrett could not get Tom Brady to improve his team.
Receiver wide, roster deep
The Eagles hosted a WR prospect this week. And another. And another. They’re wisely planning for moving on from Nelson Agholor (not that I’m saying they should get rid of Agholor, but because WRs take time to develop, getting his replacement now, not later is a sound plan). And if they do take a WR, they’re going to have a pretty strong depth chart. Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins, and a drafted rookie is a good place to be. And maybe to the point where if an injury somewhere else happens and a team is desperate enough, Agholor could be flipped for something.
Timing is everything
The Eagles converted $7.195M of TE Zach Ertz’ contract into a bonus, creating $5.756M of cap space in 2019, per source. Philly is in a healthy cap spot to maneuver if need be this offseason.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 13, 2019
Note the timestamp. Doesn’t everyone have something better to be doing on a Friday night?
Mocking some mocks
Biggest need: Linebacker.
Linebacker is closer to the the bottom of the Eagles draft needs than it is to the top.