NFL Draft 2017: 7 prospects who make sense for the Philadelphia Eagles on Day 2
Washington defensive back Kevin King (20) before an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
The Philadelphia Eagles addressed one of their needs on Day 1 of the NFL draft when they tabbed Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett with the No. 14 overall pick. But there are still some glaring needs on the roster, most notably at cornerback and running back. So who’s left on the board that could make an instant impact for the Eagles? Here are seven prospects that could be tantalizing picks in the second or third round Friday.
Michigan safety Delano Hill (44) attempts to stop Florida State running back Dalvin Cook (4, during the first half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Ohio State running back Curtis Samuel celebrates his touchdown against Michigan during the second overtime of an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
McCaffrey would have filled the playmaker need for Philadelphia. Curtis Samuel could do the same. He played H-back for Ohio State, but for Urban Meyer, that means more of a hybrid of wide receiver and running back. Darren Sproles will retire soon, so Samuel could fill in as a do-it-all player who is also a home-run threat.
Washington’s Kevin King arrives for the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
The Eagles picked Barnett even though Ohio State’s Malik Hooker, Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey, USC’s Adoree’ Jackson, Ohio State’s Gareon Conley and LSU’s Tre’Davious White were still on the board. The team needs a cornerback, so Kevin King — or injured teammate Sidney Jones (Achilles’) — seems to be a likely possibility at this spot. Philadelphia needs to add a starting caliber cornerback at some point this offseason, and time is running out.
Cam Robinson of Alabama walks the red carpet at the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia, Pa. Sean Simmers PennLive.com. April 27, 2017
The defensive line pick in the first round wasn’t a complete surprise, but it wasn’t as glaring of a need as some other positions on the roster. The offensive line is in the same situation. The Eagles appear to be fine there, but Jason Peters is getting older and could be nearing the twilight of his career. Cam Robinson could be his heir apparent. But like Cook: Will he be there at No. 43?