Pro comparisons for the Philadelphia Eagles’ draft picks
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The Philadelphia Eagles’ eight draft picks will get a chance to begin carving their NFL identities when rookie minicamp opens Friday. But what should we expect? What type of players will those newcomers mature into?
With those questions in mind, we peeked back at pre-draft analysis posts to find player comparison for each of the Birds’ draft picks. Take a look.
Barnett was a pass-rushing specialist at Tennessee, where he broke Reggie White’s school sacks record. The Eagles will likely count on him to contribute as an edge rusher this season.
Barnett will play 4-3 defensive end for the Eagles, while Perry lines up as a 3-4 outside linebacker in Green Bay. Still, the comparison makes sense. Perry, who finished last season with a career-best 11 sacks, is a tough and technically efficient pass-rusher, much like Barnett proved to be at Tennessee.
Both Lawson and Barnett stand 6 feet, 3 inches, and while Lawson is a few pounds heavier, neither player dominates with great size. Lawson, a first-round pick in 2016, totaled two sacks as a rookie.
Jones was an all-Pac 12 performer at Washington and was in position to land in the first round until tore his Achilles in March.