Eagles Can Still Land Playmaker in Round 2

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Matt Finocchio - Head Writer

With the Eagles trading the No. 32 overall pick to the Ravens, they now have a second-round pick to work with on the second night of the draft (No. 52 overall).

If you read my first piece of draft analysis, you know that some players who the Eagles might have been targeting for their first-round selection are still on the board for round 2.

My initial list now looks like this:

  • Derrius Guice- Running Back, LSU (5’11”, 218): North/south runner, finishes runs with power
  • Sony Michel- Running Back, Georgia (5’11, 214): Shifty, with a quick burst after cuts. Good speed: DRAFTED BY NEW ENGLAND
  • Ronald Jones II- Running Back, USC (5’11”, 205): Good first cut. Leaner frame for a running back (think Jamaal Charles)
  • Dallas Goedert- Tight End, SDSU (6’5”, 256): Great ball skills & body control. Concerns about blocking at NFL level
  • Cortland Sutton- Wide Receiver, SMU (6’3”, 218): Big/physical (consistently wins on contested catches). Good runner after the catch
  • Connor Williams- Offensive Tackle, Texas (6’5”, 296): Nasty run blocker, concerns about short arm length (might switch to interior line in NFL)
  • Jaire Alexander- CB, Louisville (5'10', 196): Fast and instinctive, closes quickly as ball is thrown: DRAFTED BY GREEN BAY

With Sony Michel and Jaire Alexander off the board, I’ll add the following players to the list:

  • Nick Chubb- Running Back, Georgia (5’11”, 227): Sony Michel’s counterpart at Georgia, Chubb is a solid, powerful runner. A knee injury in 2015 left him a bit less explosive, but he still has NFL starter potential.
  • Mike Gesicki- Tight End, Penn State (6’6”, 247): Amazing multi-sport athlete. If you watched Penn State this year, Gesicki always stood out as a match-up nightmare for opposing teams with his 41.5” vertical along with his 6’6” frame.

Though most of these players will be gone by pick 52, I bet one of them will slip through the cracks, in which case I hope Howie Roseman and staff pull the trigger.

Sidenote: I’m honestly surprised that Cortland Sutton wasn’t grabbed at the end of night one, but if last night tells us anything, it’s that the draft is impossible to predict (I’m lookin’ at you, Cleveland).

Go Birds!