NFL Draft Needs: Eagles

Evan Silva

Evan Silva (@EvanSilva) is the Senior Football Editor for Rotoworld's NFL Page, and Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) leads Rotoworld's college football and NFL draft coverage. Together, they're breaking down every team's biggest needs and offering potential draft-day solutions.

For a breakdown on every team, check out the team-by-team draft preview schedule.

Eagles No. 1 Team Need: Cornerback

Silva’s Analysis

It’s a weak draft class for wide receivers but an outstanding one for cornerbacks, a fact of which the Eagles’ free-agency moves suggests they are well aware. They signed Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith and should be able to find a starting corner with one of their three top-75 picks. It should not surprise anyone if they draft two. Philly needs help on the boundaries and in the slot.

Eagles No. 2 Team Need: Running Back

Silva’s Analysis

Darren Sproles turns 34 before the season. Ryan Mathews is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck. Sophomore Wendell Smallwood didn’t show much as a rookie. Coach Doug Pederson hails from the Andy Reid school, so passing-game ability will be a focus when the Eagles evaluate this year’s running back class.

Eagles No. 3 Team Need: Defensive Line

Silva’s Analysis

The Eagles’ entire defense is painfully short on depth, particularly up front after the departures of NT Bennie Logan and DE Connor Barwin. Timmy Jernigan was a quality addition from Baltimore, but Jernigan is in a contract year and there is nothing behind him and three-technique pass rusher Fletcher Cox. 32-year-old Chris Long is a short-term fix at best as a third end behind Brandon Graham and career situational player Vinny Curry.

Other Considerations: Wide Receiver, Outside Linebacker, Offensive Tackle

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Norris’ Mock Draft

Round 1 (14): CB Gareon Conley, Ohio State - Conley has a legitimate shot at becoming the best corner in this draft. He plays at a high level from the left side, right side and in the slot. This should be the absolute latest he remains on the board.

Round 2 (43): RB Alvin Kamara, Tennessee - The Eagles need a running back who can create big plays, and Kamara fits the bill. Kamara can work as an explosive runner and receiver in a timeshare role.

Round 3 (99): WR Chad Hansen, Cal - The Eagles acquired band-aids at receiver in free agency, and all three starters might not be on the roster in 2018. Hansen is a developing outside receiver who flashes a tremendous catch radius.

Round 4 (118): DL Charles Walker, Oklahoma - This interior defensive line class is thin. A misunderstanding led to an odd exit from Oklahoma for Walker, but he was an animal in 2015 and has been cleared medically.

Round 4 (139): WR Shelton Gibson, West Virginia - I reported a few weeks ago that Gibson is on the Eagles' radar, along with a number of other receivers. Gibson offers pure vertical ability, something the team severely lacked last year.

Round 5 (155): LB Dylan Cole, Missouri State - One of the most athletic linebackers in this class.

Round 6 (194): CB Aarion Penton, Missouri - Slot corner who participated in the East-West Shrine Game, then earned an invite to the Senior Bowl.

Round 7 (230): EDGE Fadol Brown, Ole Miss - Late round edge help ... a difficult ask.

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