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The Kist & Solak Show #88!

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The first time we tried a mock draft on The Kist & Solak Show, our consensus first round selection tore his ACL within 24 hours. Hopefully that’s not the case this time around.

We went seven rounds, using the Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine, to find the best fits for the Philadelphia Eagles. Here’s how the first two days of the draft started out:

1ST ROUND - 25TH OVERALL

CHRISTIAN WILKINS - DT, CLEMSON

Wilkins contributes immediately on all three downs, giving the Eagles’ even more depth after the key signing of Malik Jackson. Keep ‘em fresh and keep ‘em attacking!

From my pre-Combine top 5 defensive tackle piece:

“Wilkins just gets after it. Whatever he lacks in length, he more than makes up for with high quality traits. He understands how to use his hands and read his keys while possessing good balance and flexibility. He also has better movement skills than you would expect from a man his size. A dog in pursuit, Wilkins is a playmaker whether being run at or away from.”

Analytical Nugget: Ranked 5th of 24 defensive tackles with a 12.2% pressure rate (per the Sports Info Solutions 2019 Rookie Handbook).

2ND ROUND - 53RD OVERALL

DARNELL SAVAGE JR. - SAF, MARYLAND

We decided to pair the short-term solution of signing Andrew Sendejo with the long-term solution of drafting Savage. He has a bevy of high quality traits that any defensive back coach should be salivating over.

From my pre-Combine top 5 safeties piece:

“His career may start like a rollercoaster if pressed into deep zone coverages, but if the lightbulb clicks on it’s going to be special. He has the range to do it, but his mental processing needs to align better with the athletic profile.

The question is, how much are you willing to invest on a gamble? Savage has a cathedral ceiling, but is he religious?”

Analytical Nugget: Over three years as a starter, Savage has been targeted 105 times for 54 completions (51.4%) with 8 interceptions and 1 touchdown allowed. (Per Sports Info Solutions)

2ND ROUND - 57TH OVERALL

YODNY CAJUSTE - OT, WEST VIRGINIA

The Eagles’ land their heir apparent (hopefully) at left tackle and secure enough depth to allow them to immediately start shopping Halapoulivaati Vaitai.

Here’s a look at Cajuste taking on Eagles’ official visit, TCU EDGE LJ Collier:

Analytical Nugget: Allowed 12 pressures and 0 sacks in 394 pass blocking snaps (per Pro Football Focus’ 2019 Draft Guide).

You can hear more analysis on the aforementioned selections and the rest of the Day 3 picks by listening to The Kist & Solak Show #88! Tune in on the media player below or click here if the player doesn’t load. New to podcasts? Check out our guide on how to listen to BGN! FLY EAGLES FLY!