Eagles fans, are you okay? Have you taken a deep breath? If not, please do so now…….
Okay, now that we’re calm. The Eagles had a quietly excellent Draft.
Take everything you thought you knew heading into the 2020 NFL Draft and throw it out the window. Take everything you thought you knew about the 2020 Philadelphia Eagles and throw it out the window. General Manager Howie Roseman blew that up and has sent Eagles fans through a wide range of emotions over the past three days. But metaphorically, for every negative, there were three positives when it was all said and done.
After having a very controversial days one & two, there were quite a few fans that were legitimately calling for Roseman’s job. But he more than made up for it on day 3.
Things started off with an excellent value pick at 127 with the addition of Clemson Safety K’von Wallace. Wallace has as high as 50 in a lot of experts’ true talent big boards so this was an excellent pickup. With their second pick in the fourth round, the Eagles picked up Auburn Tackle Jack Driscoll who adds O-line depth which is always important, and was needed. The very next pick is where Howie began to show his genius. The Eagles used that pick to trade twice and essentially turned it into 3 picks in this year’s draft and a fifth round pick in next year’s draft.
In the last three rounds, the Eagles picked up five more players that can all make a very real contribution to the team. In round five, Boise State receiver John Hightower got his name called and he can play. Hightower will likely make an impact returning kicks, but he is also a dependable guy that can make the contested catch. The sixth round saw the Eagles take three players. Shaun Bradley, Quez Watkins, and and Prince Tega Wanogho. Watkins and Wanogho seem more like project players, but they both have great physical tools and a nice foundation to work with. Bradley seems like a steal. The linebacker from Temple looks comfortable tackling in open space and can lay the wood. In round seven the Eagles got amazing value in Stanford DE Casey Toohill. He posted excellent numbers at the combine and flashed great instincts on film.
However the main news of the last three rounds was not the great value picks they made, but again, a stroke of genius from Howie Roseman. The Eagles’ GM was able to make a trade for 49ers speedster Marquise Goodwin while only giving up 20 spots in the 6th round, as the two teams swapped picks. Goodwin is an extremely interesting pickup for the birds, as he’s not a true number 1 option, but he is a solid vet that has lightning speed. Him on the field with DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, Zach Ertz, and Miles Sanders should scare the living hell out of defensive coordinators. If Doug throws Jalen Hurts in the fold every now and then with those guys, you’re looking at a dangerously fast offense.
It started off rough, but the Eagles nailed this draft. Got Carson Wentz some pass catchers, speed, speed, and more speed, added bodies to the linebackers room, added a young talented safety that can play in the box, and beefed up the O-line depth, all while drafting a really good looking back up QB. May still not like where the Eagles got a QB, but it may just work out in their favor. They have used a backup at some point almost every year since 1995, so it’s fair to say that they take great value in backups.