More than a few folks believe a solid Draft could help put this team in a position to contend for an NFC East title run. I tend to agree. So here is my attempt to draft some very useful new blood.
Round1 Pick14 MARSHON LATTIMORE/CB OHIO STATE 6’0/193 PPR#15
Luckily, filling a big need happens to play into one of the positional strengths of this draft class. LATTIMORE is a very good athlete, with nice size and solid CB fundamentals. The only ? would be the brief resume’ he brings to the party. In his one season as a starter he had 4 INT and 9 PBU. Huge upside and should start right away.
Round2 Pick43 ZACH CUNNINGHAM/LB VANDERBILT 6’4/234 PPR#42
I see a long, lean athlete who does not shy away from contact. He had over 100 tackles each of the past two seasons. I don’t see any issues with him transitioning to OLB. Just give him plenty of pre-season playing time and good coaching. His length and ability to cover ground are exceptional. Could have a very high upside.
Round3 Pick99 JALEEL JOHNSON/DT IOWA 6’3/316 PPR#97
Right beside “hard worker” in the dictionary is a picture of Jaleel. Typical hard working Iowa player who has been coached to max out his potential by Hawkeyes staff. Has good strength and can hold the point of attack. Nice player to rotate with BEAU ALLEN as they replace BENNIE LOGAN.
Round4 Pick118 BRIAN HILL/RB WYOMING 6’1/219 PPR#113
A solid, though unspectacular runner. Never averaged below 5.0ypc in 3 years in college. Will have to work hard on his pass-pro technique for the NFL game. Should make a very valuable back-up option for the oft injured Ryan Mathews.
Round4 Pick139 AHKELLO WITHERSPOON/CB COLORADO 6’3/191 PPR#138
Long, lean cover Corner who really came on as a senior for the Buffalos. Led the nation in PBU. Might not be a starter, but should still see a lot of action in sub-packages, which consume a large percentage of playing time in the pass happy NFL.
Round5 Pick155 RYAN SWITZER/WR/RS NORTH CAROLINA 5’9/181 PPR#151
The team is rebuilding its receiving corps, and SWITZER could make a nice slot receiver candidate with his quickness and speed. Darren Sproles has indicated that this will be his last NFL season. SWITZER could be a replacement in waiting as the teams Return Specialist. Had almost 100 catches last season at UNC.
Round6 Pick194 KYLE KALIS/OG MICHIGAN 6’4/308 PPR#193
What this guy lacks in athleticism may be made up for in his passion for the game of football. He also has an above average FBI. May never start, but for injuries, but could likely handle multiple spots along the OL as a back-up. Tough, physical player, i.e. mauler. Has NFL genes in his family.
Round7 Pick230 XAVIER WOODS/S LOUISIANA TECH 5’11/200
A physical and reasonably athletic, if slightly undersized player. Had 14 INT in his college career, along with 277 tackles. Has the perfect temperament for Special Teams work. Will be a valuable bottom of the roster addition with versatility.
There you go for 2017 Eagles fans.