NFL Draft 2017: Philadelphia Eagles select Derek Barnett out of Tennessee with 14th pick
PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles added a young edge rusher during the NFL draft’s first round Thursday by picking defensive end Derek Barnett out of Tennessee with the 14th overall selection.
Barnett broke Reggie White’s record at Tennessee with 33 sacks and emerged as a force in the SEC.
Here are two blurbs from CBS Sports’ scouting report on Barnett:
STRENGTHS: Stout body type with broad shoulders and well-distributed mass. Natural flexibility to dip, stay low and get underneath blockers. Great snap anticipation to time up his get-off. Not an elite speed rusher, but controls his momentum well in short spaces to make stops. Flashes violence in his hands to free himself from blocks.
WEAKNESSES: Can bend off the edge with his flexibility, but lacks explosive twitch to win the corner on athleticism alone. Initial quickness based more on timing than burst, leading to offsides penalties or late movements out of his stance when he misreads the snap. Pass rush repertoire lacks variety and hand usage mid-rush still a work-in-progress.
The Eagles have seven picks remaining in the draft:
Round 2: 43rd overall
Round 3: 99th overall
Round 4: 118th overall
Round 4: 139th overall
Round 5: 155th overall
Round 6: 194th overall
Round 7: 230th overall