2018 NFL Draft Grades: Philadelphia Eagles Focus on Position Stability
The Philadelphia Eagles entered the 2018 NFL Draft having come off their first ever Super Bowl Championship. What a great feeling for a team that many did not expect to be in the playoffs. Also, they lost their starting QB with four weeks remaining in the season. So what does a team like this do in the draft? Well, you guessed it, trade back and build more picks. That is what the Eagles did in the first round. They did, however, draft some players. Here is a look at their selections and how the team grades out.
Round 2 – Dallas Goedert, TE – South Dakota State
Many felt that Goedert was the best at his position in this draft. The Eagles lost Trey Burton in free agency and needed a replacement. Goedert fits the bill and should become an ideal replacement. Thus becoming a big target for Carson Wentz.
Round 4 – Avonte Maddox, CB – Pittsburgh
Maddox has great athletic ability, work ethic, and attitude. However, his ability to stay locked on coverage has been an issue in his career at Pit. With the right coaching, Maddox could find his way into a secondary role. Until then, he may have to make an impact on special teams.
Round 4 – Josh Sweat, Edge – Florida State
Sweat has a ton of potential to become an NFL starter. He has the ability to play standing up or with his hand in the dirt. Also, Sweat is a great edge setter when lineup against the TE. Sweat finished his junior season with 56 tackles, 12.5 TFLs, and 5.5 sacks. The Philadelphia Eagles add a potential stud pass rusher to an already scary pass rush.
Round 6 – Matt Pryor, OT – TCU
Pryor is a massive player who can play both guard and tackle. In fact, he did just that during his senior season with the Horned Frogs. Although there could be some weight concerns moving forward. Pryor was almost 400lbs as a freshman. He has since cut 70 lbs off his frame. Nonetheless, it is something to keep an eye on.
Round 7 – Jordan Mailata, OT – Australia
Mailata is a former rugby player in Australia. He came over to the United States to try his hand at American football. He is 6’8” 345lbs. He has never played a down of American Football. Hence it will be interesting to see how he transitions. He makes an ideal practice squad candidate.
With a limited selection of picks, the Philadelphia Eagles did a fine job of growing their team. Unless they suffer multiple major injuries, I could see this draft being very solid in continuing the Eagles success.
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