NFL Draft 2017: 12 potential Philadelphia Eagles targets on Day 3
South Florida’s Marlon Mack at the NFL combine. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
On Day 3 of the NFL Draft, predictions grown more difficult to nail down and names become more challenging to recognize.
The fourth through seventh rounds are set for Saturday in Philadelphia, and while the glamor of the draft’s opening evening has faded, the Eagles enter Saturday afternoon with goals to accomplish (and five picks at their disposal).
After using its first three selections on defensive players. Philadelphia might like to add some offensive firepower on Day 3. Coach Doug Pederson and executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman mentioned Friday that quality running backs remain on the board for the Birds to consider, and the team has also talked a big game about adding weapons on the outside for quarterback Carson Wentz.
So, with all that in mind, we compiled a list of 12 prospects for Eagles fans to keep an eye on Saturday, sorted by position:
While his college teammate, Joe Mixon, attracted more attention during the rup-up to the draft, Perine stands as a potential option for the Eagles in the fourth or fifth round. Pederson said Philly is looking for a “three-down guy” at running back, and the 5-foot-11, 233-pound Perine seems to fit that mold better than anyone available.
Mack racked up 3,609 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns over three seasons with the Bulls, so he’s proven himself in a workhorse role, too. The Eagles might need to scoop him in the fourth round if they want him.
At 6-feet and 212 pounds, Williams is another ball-carrier who can shoulder a heavy load. He broke BYU’s school record with 3,901 career rushing yards.
Clement, like the other backs on this list, is available in Day 3 despite an accomplished college career. He’s not an especially sturdy blocker or electric pass-catcher, though, which might make him less appealing — but also means he could wind up slipping into the fifth or sixth round.