1 key obstacle each Philadelphia Eagles 2017 NFL draft pick will aim to overcome
The Philadelphia Eagles’ eight-member NFL draft class includes intriguing talent, players with unique backstories and the potential to alter the course of the franchise.
But all eight players also have deficiencies in their games and challenges in front of them. So, here is a look at one key obstacle each draft pick faces as they aim to find their footing in the NFL.
Obstacle: Lack of blazing speed
Buzz: The only defensive ends to go before Barnett in the draft — Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett (No. 1 to the Browns) and Stanford’s Solomon Thomas (No. 3 to the 49ers) — are both about 13 pounds heavier than the Eagles’ pick and outdid Barnett’s numbers on speed and explosion drills at the combine.
That’s nothing to be ashamed of. Garrett and Thomas were top five picks with jaw-dropping skill sets. Nonetheless, Barnett will aim to match the production of his more athletic counterparts, and he said his habit of studying film will help him compensate. In the NFL, though, every player watches game tape and has a full week to prepare — so Barnett might have to elevate his routine to keep up.
Obstacle: Achilles tear
Buzz: This one is obvious. Jones tore his Achilles in March at Washington’s Pro Day and likely won’t return to the field until at least October. He might wind up missing the 2017 season entirely.
Whenever Jones does return to the field, he’ll have to find a way to remain healthy, while also recapturing his tenacity in the wake of a serious injury.