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Eagles 7 Round Draft Simulation: Playing the GM

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Mere days separate us and the NFL draft and as it closes in, the rumors and excitement swirl relentlessly. To have a little fun and get a feel for how the draft could shake out for the Eagles, I dipped my toes into one of the best draft simulators on the web!

Here are the “rules” for this simulation. For a board, I am using The Athletic writer Arif Hasan’s Consensus Board. This board is a compilation of dozens of media boards that theoretically gives the most accurate picture of a player’s draft value. Team needs are defined by Steve Shoup’s (Fanspeak’s co-founder) team needs determination in order to shape how other teams in the simulator draft. I will not be doing trades because otherwise that turns into a deus ex machina where I can get whomever I want.

Lets draft!

Round 1: 25

Top 5 Players Available (per consensus board):

Jeffery Simmons, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi State

Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

Andre Dillard, Offensive Tackle, Washington State

Josh Jacobs, Running Back, Alabama

Deandre Baker, Cornerback, Georgia

My Pick: Despite the pressing need of offensive line help, I have a hard time letting Christian Wilkins fall past the Eagles. Wilkins checks every box in terms of athleticism, great tape, college production and outstanding character. No team can have enough pass rushers and putting Wilkins into the rotation would make the defensive line group even more dangerous.

Round 2: 21

Top 5 Players Available (per consensus board):

Erik McCoy, Center, Texas A&M

Johnathan Abram, Safety, Mississippi State

Darnell Savage, Safety, Maryland

Greg Little, Offensive Tackle, Ole Miss

Elgton Jenkins, Center, Mississippi State

My Pick: With a couple impressive linemen available, I gotta take Greg Little for what I see as a steal in the second round. Little is as talented as offensive tackle prospects get and he could be the long term replacement for Jason Peters. Easy pick.

Round 2: 25

Top 5 Players Available (per consensus board):

Erik McCoy, Center, Texas A&M

Darnell Savage, Safety, Maryland

Elgton Jenkins, Center, Mississippi State

JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Wide Receiver, Stanford

Amani Oruwariye, Cornerback, Penn State

My Pick: This is a tough choice given that these players are all very good and would address various needs, however the team should stay local and draft Amani Oruwariye. With a lot of question marks in the cornerback group, Oruwariye would add another young playmaker in the defensive backfield to give the team depth and a potential impact starter.

Round 4: 25

Top 5 Players Available (per consensus board):

Rodney Anderson, Running Back, Oklahoma

Trayveon Williams, Running Back, Texas A&M

Kaden Smith, Tight End, Stanford

Jalen Hurd, Wide Receiver, Baylor

Bryce Love, Running Back, Stanford

My Pick: I wouldn’t be able to stomach passing on Bryce Love at this value. The former 2,000 yard rusher has true home run speed and would be an excellent addition to the backfield and a lightning to the thunder of Jordan Howard.

Round 4: 36

Top 5 Players Available (per consensus board):

Duke Tranquill, Linebacker, Notre Dame

Mike Edwards, Safety, Kentucky

Anthony Johnson, Wide Receiver, Buffalo

David Long Jr., Linebacker, West Virginia

Terrill Hanks, Linebacker, New Mexico State

My Pick: The choice for me here is between Mike Edwards and Anthony Johnson. Despite Edwards’ presence as a hard hitting and versatile safety, I have such a strong feeling Anthony Johnson will massively outplay his draft position. Johnson has to be the pick because as Nelson Agholor heads into his contract year, Johnson’s great hands and route running ability make him a logical heir to the slot receiver position.

Round 5: Pick 25

Top 5 Players Available (per consensus board):

Marvell Tell III, Safety, USC

Damarkus Lodge, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss

Devine Ozigbo, Running Back, Nebraska

Preston Williams, Wide Receiver, Colorado State

Ryquell Armstead, Running Back, Temple

My Pick: No brainer pick to draft Marvell Tell III. The junior safety tested out of this world and it is hard to let an athletic safety prospect slide any further. There is concern with him being a lighter safety prospect, but the upside is considerable and he could even be a potential cornerback conversion with his long frame.

Round 6: Pick 24

Top 5 Players Available (per consensus board):

Mitch Hyatt, Offensive Lineman, Clemson

Carl Granderson, EDGE, Wyoming

Ugo Amadi, Safety, Oregon

Mark Fields, Cornerback, Clemson

Clayton Thorson, Quarterback, Safety

My Pick: At one point in his career, people talked about Mitch Hyatt like he was a future first round pick. The highly decorated four year starter played several positions along the offensive line to great success. Hyatt is a below average athlete and doesn’t have prototypical size, but he is a highly intelligent, technical player who is credited as a leader in the locker room. At worst, Hyatt is very solid offensive line depth. At best, he could get stronger and develop into a future starter. Hard to find upside like that on day three of the draft.


1 - DT Christian Wilkins
2 - OT Greg Little
2 - CB Amani Oruwariye
4 - RB Bryce Love
4 - WR Anthony Johnson
5 - S Marvell Tell III
6 - OL Mitch Hyatt

Be sure to try your hand at draft simulating and post your draft in the comments!