Round 1 (Pick 14)-Dalvin Cook, RB-Florida State
In a deep running back class, the argument will be made that the Eagles could wait on a three down running back, but Cook is exactly the type of explosive play-maker needed for this offense. He has the vision and big play potential that would flourish as both a runner and receiver. The Eagles proved by bolstering their offensive line and wide receivers during free agency that they want to improve around their franchise quarterback. By adding a Cook, the Eagles will have a true three down back, something they have been missing since McCoy was traded to the Bills. Mel Kiper does not believe Cook is worthy of the 14th overall pick and the Eagles have not drafted a running back in the first round since 1986, but Kiper is often wrong and 1986 was a long time ago.
Round 2 (Pick 42)-Gareon Conley, CB-Ohio State
Disciplined, intuitive and has good size for cornerback, traits that would translate well for a cornerback in the kind of scheme Jim Schwartz likes to play. Conley has plenty of experience playing on the big stage against some of the best competition on the collegiate level. Conley had the luxury of playing with teammates slated to be first round selections in safety Malik Hooker and fellow cornerback Marshon Lattimore, but there is enough tape on him that says he can be a true number one cornerback at the NFL level.
Round 3 (Pick 75)-Carroll Phillips, DE-Illinois
Phillips is an interesting player, he has the talent and tape to be a mid-second round pick, but could fall to the fourth round due to some off the field questions. Phillips reminds me of former Eagle Trent Cole, but has the athleticism to also play linebacker and assist in coverage. Mentored by a former NFL coach in Lovie Smith, Phillips is NFL ready, and has the motor and work ethic that could have him starting week one of the 2017 season.
Round 4 (Pick 119)-KD Gannon, WR-Baylor
Gannon was one of the first receiver names on my draft board, his ability to stretch the field reminds me of the impact Mike Wallace had for the Steelers during his rookie season. Gannon at the very worst is Kenny Stills, a player who the Eagles expressed interest in this off-season. Baylor has produced some notable wide receivers in recent memory in Kendall Wright, Terrance Williams, Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman.
Round 4 (Pick 139)-Damontae Kazee, CB-San Diego State
A ball hawking corner that has hands like a wide receiver, infused with a read and react like play-making style. Kazee reminds me of Sam Shields, and would likely see time in dime packages and passing situations during his rookie season, but could certainly earn more playing time if able to replicate some of the interception totals from his college days.
Round 5 (Pick 154)- Ryan Glaskow,DT-Michigan
Think Kyle Williams of the Buffalo Bills, a defensive tackle that has athleticism that doesn’t necessarily math his appearance. Glaskow has a terrific motor, is physical at the line of scrimmage and likes to get his hands on people. Glaskow won’t replace Bennie Logan, but he could command double teams and allow more space for Fletcher Cox to get after the quarterback.
Round 6 (Pick 197)–Shaquill Griffin, CB-Central Florida
A.J. Bouye 2.0, bold statement, but I firmly believe it’s more than the size and same school that Griffin shares with the now Jacksonville Jaguar. Griffin is a smart player with terrific athleticism but needs to be coached up at the next level. He is a perfect candidate for Cory Undlin to mentor, if Undlin finally lives up to the hype from when he arrived from the Denver Broncos.
Round 7 (Pick 232)-John Johnson, S-Boston College
Chris Maragos won’t be around forever, but he could certainly hand off his special team abilities to Johnson, a similar style of player who gets more out of his instincts then his overall athleticism.