In The News Cycle
Daniel Jones to the Giants
Earlier this week, Charles Robinson — who has proved relatively plugged in over the last few years — shared this:
There is a team with Daniel Jones as their No. 1 QB on their board. And y’all know exactly who that team is.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) April 19, 2019
That team is the New York Giants.
Daniel Jones was not a very good college quarterback, in a very QB-friendly offense at Duke. As is perennially the case, he has been touted by the NFL for his intangibles (that do not signal successful NFL play, physical traits (which aren’t even that exciting), and something to do with his pedigree — in this case, playing for Manning-connected David Cutcliffe.
While Jones makes sense in a Shurmur offense and stylistically is similar to Eli, it is important to note: he is not very good. As a potential Round 1 pick, he’s a significant reach; and as a developmental prospect, he’s relatively low-ceiling. This would be a no good, very bad pick for the Giants.
It is also the best case scenario for the Eagles, as the only thing worse than not having the young QB of the future, is getting the young QB of the future wrong.
The ideal New York Round 1 is Rashan Gary at 6 and Daniel Jones at 17 (or vice versa). Cross your fingers, sports fans.
Donovan McNabb’s thoughts on Carson Wentz
Couldn’t care less about McNabb’s thoughts on Wentz. Has he shown himself to be a respected analyst of play since retirement? Or even an even-keeled, unbiased opinion? No.
Here are a few things I know about Carson Wentz:
1) Barring another season-ending injury, the Eagles are going to extend Carson Wentz to a second deal. You don’t find QB talent like him — MVP-caliber season in Year 2, folks! — in every five drafts, let alone in every one.
2) No matter how loved Nick Foles was, nobody’s upset to have Carson Wentz as their starting QB in 2019. He’s a well-liked guy and talented player. Even if he was upset by the whole Foles situation — which he likes was to a small degree, that was subsequently ballooned beyond proportion — not liking how a guy handled a tricky work situation doesn’t mean you hate him indiscriminately and never want to work with him again. There are shades of gray here, team.
3) Character-wise, he profiles as a player who will respond to and recover from challenges. You don’t go from HS nothing to FCS champion to Number 2 draft pick without having some mettle, gang.
Seven Round Mock Draft
Let’s fire up the ol’ Mock Draft Machine at The Draft Network and see what we can do for this team.
I wanted to take a look at a mock with Hollywood Brown at 25 overall, to get a feel for how the Eagles might handle their needs later in the class. Of course, Marquise Brown is currently the clubhouse leader (among mock drafts) for the Eagles’ selection, but it’s unclear just how much of that is smoke.
If the Eagles go for the speed demon WR in Round 1, it doesn’t affect much of their Day 2 plans: 53 and 57 are both great spots to capitalize on strong classes at SAF and OT, as Top-40 players will trickle down into range at those selections. Thornhill remains my favorite fit for the Eagles (outside of Chauncey Gardner-Johnson) and Cajuste is a great tackle option on Day 2.
The suffering comes on the DL, which doesn’t get the infusion of young, starting-caliber talent that frequently comes in mocks that don’t address WR early. Joe Jackson flashed during his time at Miami, but he’s easily slotted behind Josh Sweat on the depth chart given draft slotting and overall talent— remember, Sweat fell due to health concerns.
The interior doesn’t get help until Round 6, where the Eagles invest in high-upside Cortez Broughton. Uber-productive and boasting an explosive first-step, Broughton’s a penetration player who can add to the pass-rush on Day 1 while working on his hand technique and run defense to become a long-term staple on the line.
Rodney Anderson is a bit of a risk at running back, given his injury history — the Eagles labored under RB injuries last season, and may look for a healthier option. But as a committee player, you can manage Anderson’s touches and hopefully keep him fresh. His film is reminiscent of Jay Ajayi’s, which is exciting news for this offense.
Ty Summers? Good athlete, bad tape. Stash and develop.
This class would get a B from me, but that may be the reality if Hollywood is indeed the selection. More on that player below, in our scouting report.
Marquise Brown, man. When you have an elite trait — and I don’t use elite lightly — it automatically makes you a high-floor prospect. When you get added to an offense that knows how to use you — and Doug Pederson and Mike Groh know how to use a guy like Marquise Brown — you become that much more reliable.
I wouldn’t love Brown as the pick at 25 at all. But I have little to no doubt he’d be productive here in Philadelphia.
There is reason to be concerned with the depth chart ahead of him — assuming Nelson Agholor isn’t traded (at least to start the season), Brown will be the WR4 on a team that loves to run 12 personnel. But Brown’s ability to house constraint plays, like the tunnel screen, will make him an immediate contributor on a subpackage of plays.
Here’s a nice little pick play that Baker gets caught up in, and Brown takes the screen for a chunk play. Hollywood is a fast dude. Wouldn’t shock if @Browns took him early. pic.twitter.com/N19w7yqosw— Steel Legends (@Steel_Legends) January 24, 2019
Designed touch; game-breaking speed. The floor on Brown isn’t so much because of his ability as a deep threat, but because of his angle-breaking explosiveness and suddenness with the ball in his hands. There’s a reason teams keep kick the tires on Tavon Austin: guys who can take bubble screens and shallow crossers the distance are rare and valuable.
The deep game does get the highlight coverage with Brown, and with good reason. With his long speed, Brown gobbled up the off-coverage cushions he was afforded in Big 12 play, exposing teams who neglected to leave a safety on top of him.
I love this route from Marquise Brown. Inside stem to start, threatens space beneath the CB to widen his path, seamlessly snap back inside: pic.twitter.com/wcRXWoz5D5— Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17) November 24, 2018
Brown gets a little too much credit for his route running ability, in my opinion — it’s not hard to create separation when you’re afforded the respect that he is for his deep speed — but this exactly what you want to see from a player you expect to regularly target on deep crossers, posts, and nines. Brown knows that if he can just get Washington’s (No. 28) weight back on his heels ever so slightly, he’ll be able to hit the nos into the open area opposite, and Washington won’t have the burst to recover.
Great marriage of traits and skills there.
My primary concerns with Brown are his contested catch ability and general catch technique, which stem from his lack of size. Brown regularly looks to basket-catch and run under passes deep down the field, and lacks the ability to elevate and attack the football in the air. This allows defenders to more easily play the catch point and disrupt Brown’s stride, and Brown certainly seems to lose focus when contact arrives.
Brown’s role in the slot is an interesting matter to discuss, as that’s likely where his Year 1 snaps would come from (again, assuming an Agholor trade). For more on that, you should check out Kisty’s article.
What round would you be comfortable drafting Jachai Politte?— Fine Oak Things (@89tremaine) April 21, 2019
If Eagles bring back Sproles, do you even draft a RB?— Coop (@King_Coop1) April 21, 2019
See this post.
How would you compare Marquise Brown to Agholor? Who's better or has a higher floor/ceiling?— Dick Twitner (@dan_leyden) April 21, 2019
If we look at the 9 traits I grade for receivers:
Route Running: Agholor
Catch Radius: Agholor
Functional Athleticism: Push (unknown for Brown)
Brown has the elite blue-chip trait in speed that kinda confounds this approach, but Agholor’s the better three level/traditional threat. Brown is certainly higher-ceiling at this point.
with enough teams looking to trade back in the 1st round, would that prompt Howie to being more aggressive trying to trade up since it might not cost as much?— D ️ (@_DVMI) April 21, 2019
There are always teams looking to trade back. I don’t think it affects the price that much.
I do think Howie will be aggressive trading up if a Top-10, Year 1 contributor falls who they like. Two names to watch for are D.K. Metcalf, Christian Wilkins, and Brian Burns.
if Josh Jacobs is available, you pull the trigger?— Jack Margolin #HARPERSZN (@JDM5335) April 21, 2019
If Derrick Barnett were in this years stage where would he rank among edge rushers?— Michael Lacey (@ez2963) April 21, 2019
Ooh, good question. He’d be my EDGE7, behind Nick Bosa, Brian Burns, Montez Sweat, Josh Allen, Clelin Ferrell, and Jachai Polite.