Philadelphia Eagles NFL Draft Recap/Grade – 2018
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Philadelphia Eagless Draft Picks (2018)
Key Positional Needs Entering Draft
- Offensive Tackle
The Philadelphia Eagles were one of those teams who didn’t really have a glaring need at any one position and that’s reflected in their 2018 draft class. With their first pick, which came in the second round they selected my top tight end prospect in the class from South Dakota State, Dallas Goedert. Said to be a Zach Ertz clone!!! This is the rich getting richer. Goedert has an excellent blend of hands, speed, size, athletic ability and knows how to get open. He does leave just a little to be desired in his blocking game but if what you are getting is in fact another Zach Ertz, look out!!! Ertz is the main cog that makes that Eagles pass game go and having two on the field or one at all times is problematic for opposing defenses. In the fourth round Eagles went cornerback Avonte Maddox who may fit the mold of the old school Nickel, measuring in at a diminutive 5’9 185 pounds. Maddox makes up what he lacks in size with his speed, quickness and willingness to stick his head in there to make a tackle. The former Pitt Panther has some technical flaws, but I believe they can be corrected with good coaching. With their 2nd fourth rounder the Philadelphia Eagles selected FSU defensive end Josh Sweat. This is an ideal situation for Sweat who is on a team that is stacked at defensive line. Sweat doesn’t have the numbers that you’d like due to him being injured quite a bit along with the fact that he was usually the last person off the ball at the snap. However, he is freakishly athletic as you saw at the combine and flashed in-game albeit sporadically. With no fifth rounder to speak of the Eagles drafted Matt Pryor out TCU in the sixth. Pryor can play guard and tackle adding depth and flexibility at another position group of strength. Finally the Eagles added Australian rugby player Jordan Mailata with their last pick in the seventh round. Mailata has never played a down of American Football but worked out at the IMG academy in Florida in hopes of finding his way onto an NFL roster as an offensive tackle. He impressed during his Pro Day demonstrating impressive athleticism for man standing 6’8” and nearly 350 lbs. The Eagles have the luxury of rolling the dice on Mailata and like I always say… in the last couple of rounds go get cornerstone position players at offensive tackle, cornerback and defensive end. You might catch lightning in a bottle.
Of course I’m gonna root for Jordan Mailata. I gotta imagine he’s going to be one of the biggest stories going into training camp. Obviously the offensive line in Philadelphia is solid and so this is long term roll of the dice. Playing behind the likes of Jason Peters is a helluva a player to learn from!!!
Fantasy Football Implications
The Philadelphia Eagles no longer have LeGarrette Blount and none of the 6 other backs on the roster have a legitimate shot at taking significant snaps from Jay Ajayi outside of Corey Clement. Just keep in mind there is an inherent injury concern with Ajayi so tread lightly. Goedert could potentially offer 2017 Trey Burton type fantasy upside in his rookie season but should generally go undrafted in redraft leagues.