The Eagles did a hell of a job during this year’s NFL Draft, and have a bevy of new options for playing time in 2019. And, while trades resulted in just five draft picks for the team, the players selected are talented enough that most can be utilized pretty much right away.
2019 Eagles Draft Picks
|Andre Dillard||OT||Round 1, Pick 22||Washington State|
|Miles Sanders||RB||Round 2, Pick 53||Penn State|
|JJ Arcega-Whiteside||WR||Round 2, Pick 57||Stanford|
|Shareef Miller||EDGE||Round 4, Pick 138||Penn State|
|Clayton Thorson||QB||Round 5, Pick 167||Northwestern|
Dilliard is going to be beast down the road, especially under the tutelage of Jason Peters, but probably won’t see a starting role immediately. Should Peters get injured — again — Dilliard may end up with the most snaps his rookie season, but that’s just the nature of his position, and snap counts don’t always equal production.
So, for the purpose of today’s question, I’m going to say that wideout JJ Arcega-Whiteside ends up being the standout among the group and contributes most to the success of the team his rookie season. He’s gotten a lot of praise so far this offseason from Doug Pederson, seems to excel at making contested catches, and provides a bit of a different skill set than most of the other receivers on the roster — plus, dude is BIG.
Miles Sanders has a chance to get involved right away, but with the running back by committee approach of the team, and Sanders already dealing with injuries, I don’t see him being as big of a factor as he may be in Year 2 or 3. Similarly with Shareef Miller, who has a bit of depth ahead of him on the roster and some development needed before he’s taking a majority of snaps in the defensive rotation.
And, then there’s Clayton Thorson, which... sure...
Of the 5 draft picks, which rookie will contribute the most in 2019?
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