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Weekly Eagles Draft Simulation: New name in the first round

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Previewing options in the 2020 NFL Draft.

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Welcome to week eight of our Weekly Eagles Draft Simulation! All has been quiet on the football front for Philadelphia recently and the only moves of note are the lack thereof. The team still has clear needs at wide receiver and linebacker, so I am using The Draft Network’s simulator to fix some of those problems.

Round 1, Pick 21: Denzel Mims, Wide Receiver, Baylor

Other Players Available:

  • Justin Jefferson, Wide Receiver, LSU
  • Kristian Fulton, Cornerback, LSU
  • Zack Baun, Linebacker, Wisconsin

With a few very good players on the board, this was a hard decision. However, I am increasingly intrigued by Denzel Mims’ fit in Philly. Mims is incredibly athletic with great size. He can burn down the field and dominate the catch point. He is a true playmaker, partially evident in the fact that he accounted for 50% (!!!) of Baylor’s receiving touchdowns last year. Wouldn’t be so bad to have that in the Eagles offense.

Round 2, Pick 53: Kyle Dugger, Safety, Lenoir-Rhyne

Other Players Available:

  • KJ Hamler, Wide Receiver, Penn State
  • AJ Terrell, Cornerback, Clemson
  • Jeremy Chin, Safety, Southern Illinois

Getting their new star wideout in the first, going defense made sense here. Kyle Dugger is a day one starter at strong safety and would make for a great Malcolm Jenkins replacement.

Round 3, Pick 103: Chase Claypool, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame

Other Players Available:

  • Amik Robertson, Cornerback, Louisiana Tech
  • Hunter Bryant, Tight End, Washington
  • Van Jefferson, Wide Receiver, Florida

You know what is better than one massive, athletic and highly productive receiver? Two of them. Much debate will be made about Claypool’s fit at wide receiver or if he should be a tight end. The reality is that Claypool is not a good blocker so he is functionally a big slot receiver at least and could develop into an outside pass catcher. Can you imagine a red zone offense with Chase Claypool (6’4”), Denzel Mims (6’3”), Dallas Goedert (6’5”) and Zach Ertz (6’5”)?

Round 4, Pick 127: Markus Bailey, Linebacker, Purdue

Other Players Available:

  • Gabriel Davis, Wide Receiver, UCF
  • Brandon Jones, Safety, Texas
  • Alton Robinson, Edge, Syracuse

Bailey is a high upside pick and taking him in the fourth round garners little risk. If Bailey can stay healthy he is a playmaking and versatile linebacker who would massively upgrade the current group.

Round 4, Pick 145: Devin Duvernay, Wide Receiver, Texas

Other Players Available:

  • Geno Stone, Safety, Iowa
  • Jason Strowbridge, Defensive Tackle, North Carolina
  • Harrison Hand, Cornerback, Temple

Given the current roster, drafting three wide receivers isn’t so ridiculous. Duvernay is a unique prospect who is built like a running back but tracks the ball like a wide receiver. He has great speed and is dynamic with the ball in his hands. He could turn into a gadget player at least and potentially develop into a deep threat.

Round 4, Pick 146: Harrison Hand, Cornerback, Temple

Other Players Available:

  • Geno Stone, Safety, Iowa
  • Jason Strowbridge, Defensive Tackle, North Carolina
  • Trajan Brandy, Cornerback, Miami

Another week picking Harrison Hand. The local defender makes a lot of sense for the Eagles as an outside cornerback prospect. Hand is highly athletic and very physical. With the current depth chart, the Eagles don’t have a surefire starter next to Darius Slay. Hand might not be able to step in immediately, but he could develop into a nice starter down the line.

Round 5, Pick 168: Jack Driscoll, Offensive Lineman, Auburn

Other Players Available:

  • Bravvion Roy, Defensive Tackle, Baylor
  • Harrison Bryant, Tight End, FAU
  • Myles Bryant, Cornerback, Washington

You can never have enough young, talented offensive linemen. Jack Driscoll is a phenomenal athlete but his size might limit him to being a guard in the NFL. Having him as a developmental interior blocker would be great for the Eagles long term outlook for offensive line depth.

Round 6, Pick 190: Jonathan Garvin, Edge, Miami

Other Players Available:

  • Isaiah Coulter, Wide Receiver, Rhode Island
  • Michael Divinity Jr, Linebacker, LSU
  • Tyler Clark, Defensive Tackle, Georgia

Jonathan Garvin is a project player, but those are the sorts of chances you take late in the draft. Garvin has great size and athleticism and could be developed into a rotational pass rusher and run defender.