Possible Philadelphia Eagles NFL draft targets for each of their six picks
Alabama defensive back Ronnie Harrison, center, waits to run drills during an NCAA college football practice in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
The Philadelphia Eagles don’t own one of the first few selections in next week’s NFL draft and they’d like a few more picks than they have at the moment.
But that doesn’t mean the NFL’s biggest offseason event lacks significance for the Birds.
Rather, Philadelphia knows that if it wants to defend its Super Bowl title and capture the sustained success it desires, drafting well is paramount. The Eagles need an influx of young and — most importantly — cheap talent to keep the roster balanced while key players like Carson Wentz approach massive paydays.
So when the draft begins in Arlington, Texas, on April 26, the Eagles will aim to add a strong group of contributors rather than one or two stars.
And we worked to identify players who could make up the Birds’ draft class by choosing prospects who are projected to come off the board near each of Philly’s six selections and would fit with with the team. This is like our seven-round mock draft — but with several options listed at each spot instead of one.
Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
This is what Philly is working with as of now:
- 1st round: 32nd overall
- 4th round: 130th overall (from Vikings)
- 4th round: 132nd overall
- 5th round: 169th overall
- 6th round: 206th overall
- 7th round: 250th overall
Keep in mind the Eagles have expressed interest in making trades, so this collection of picks could look different by the time the draft is finished. For this exercise, though, we’ll let the team stay put and note four possibilities at each spot.
The Eagles traded their third-round pick to acquire Ronald Darby from the Bills last offseason and dealt their second-round selection as part of a package to move up in the 2016 draft order and take Wentz No. 2 overall.
All right, let’s move onto our list of potential targets.