NFL Draft 2017: 6 winners, losers from Philadelphia Eagles’ roster
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The Philadelphia Eagles added eight players in the NFL draft this week, which will infuse more talent and youth onto the roster when training camp opens this summer.
Some veterans on the Eagles are in line to benefit from the crop of rookies, because Philly found complimentary pieces or decided not to bring in direct competition. Others, though, might feel less secure in their jobs after taking a peek at the draft class.
With that in mind, here are the Eagles’ winners and losers from the draft.
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Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, 35, is nearing the end of his career, but the Eagles didn’t add an offensive tackle through the draft to compete for a spot as an eventual replacement. That might mean the team is comfortable with Vaitai, who started six games as a fifth-round rookie last season.
Eagles fourth-rounder Donnel Pumphrey, because of his slim 5-foot-8 frame, is likely to slide into a role as a change-of-pace running back in the NFL. While the Birds wanted to find a three-down back in this draft class, they never nabbed one, which could give Smallwood an open avenue to a heftier role in 2017.
Cornerback probably stood as the Eagles’ weakest position group entering the draft, and while the team did address that need in the second and third round, there’s still good news for Mills. Sidney Jones, the second-round pick, is recovering from an Achilles tear that could keep him sidelined until October. That means Mills probably won’t have stiff competition for a starting spot early on in 2017, and Jones might one day emerge as a capable partner in the secondary.