Eagles Draft Needs Ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft
Despite finishing atop the NFC East, the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2019 campaign was still one filled with frustration for Eagles fans. While the Eagles’ core group of star players, led by Carson Wentz, remains intact, that group is in desperate need of support from the rest of the team. Here is a look at the Eagles draft needs that will be necessary for the team remain a threat to win it all.
2020 Draft Picks
Round 1, pick 21 (No. 21 overall)
Round 2, pick 21 (No. 53 overall)
Round 3, pick 39 (No. 103 overall)
Round 4, pick 21 (No. 127 overall)
Round 4, pick 39 (No. 145 overall)
Round 4, pick 40 (No. 146 overall)
Round 5, pick 22 (No. 168 overall)
Round 6, pick 11 (No. 190 overall)
Early Rounds (1st-3rd)
Wide receiver. Wide receiver. Wide receiver. I say, knowing the Eagles will likely draft a defensive lineman in the first round. But seriously, if ever there was a year for Howie Roseman to stray from his “you win in the trenches” mindset, it is this one. The Eagles receiving corps was atrocious towards the end of last season, and with the current starters projecting to be Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson, with Greg Ward in the slot, the Eagles are on a fast track to facing the same issues, and leaving Wentz helpless yet again.Embed from Getty Images
There is perhaps no player more widely mock drafted to any single team than Justin Jefferson is to the Eagles, including in Lockdown Coverage’s own Beat Writer Mock Draft. There are three elite wide receiver talents in this year’s class, and Jefferson sits just outside of that group, and will be a solid consolation prize if those three go before the Eagles draft at 21. I am so serious about this teams need for a receiver that I would love to see them go back to back and take a WR in the second as well, especially if Tee Higgens or Leviska Shenault fall far enough.
If the Eagles opt out of taking a second receiver in the first three rounds, you can almost guarantee it will be in favor of a linebacker. Howie brought in Latavis Brown in free agency, who projects as a solid starting option for them, however the room is still extremely thin, and in need of a top talent to plug the holes and protect the middle of the field. I like Logan Wilson out of Wyoming because of his ability to contribute instantly on special teams as well as on the defensive side of the ball.
Late Rounds (4th-7th)
Should the Eagles draft for need in the early rounds, attempting to solve their glaring weaknesses at linebacker and receiver, they will find themselves in a good position late in the draft. With 3 picks in the fourth round, the Eagles will be able to add depth at pretty much any position they choose.
After the decision to move Jalen Mills to safety, the Eagles need for that position became clear. I am always hesitant to trust players after a position change, and Jalen Mills alongside Rodney McLeod is not exactly a combo to love. There are more pressing needs for the Eagles to confront early in the draft, so they will have to hope they can find a contributor later on.
Jason Kelce gave Eagles fans a scare when he teased retirement on Instagram earlier this week. While the Eagles will be lucky to have their All-Pro center, and leader back, it is clear his career is winding down. It is always better to address a need preemptively than when it is too late, and I feel this is where Howie will do that.
I know I already suggested wide receiver early, but the Eagles may need to pick some up late as well. If the Eagles walk away from the draft with three or four receivers drafted, I will be totally okay with that, because in only increases the chances we avoid a fiasco like the one we saw in 2019.
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