The second and third rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft are in the books.
With the 43rd pick, the Eagles took cornerback Sidney Jones. Jones was a lock to be a top-15 pick before tearing his Achilles during his Pro Day. Doctors say that he has a chance to be ready to play by mid-October, while others believe that he may end up sitting out the entire season.
If Jones is able to come back from the injury to what he was, the pick is a home run. But Achilles injuries are tough to come back from, and in many cases it takes multiple seasons before they’re completely back to 100%.
It’s tough to swallow that the 43rd overall pick probably won’t make much of an impact this year. Corner is a need, and there were still guys on the board that were worthy of the 43rd pick that could have come in and started this season. The Eagles are gambling on Jones’ upside, hoping that he’ll be the best choice for the long run.
I’m not in love with the pick. I don’t like taking chances on guys who have a long, challenging road just to get themselves back to 100%.
In the third round, the Eagles grabbed another corner, and a healthy one at that. Rasul Douglas was the 99th pick, and he’s my favorite selection of the draft so far.
Douglas came away with eight interceptions last season. He’s developed a reputation for being a playmaker, and a guy who creates turnovers. He has good size and athleticism. The only knock on him seems to be that he’s only had one season as a starter.
I think at the 99th pick, Douglas is a tremendous value that can come in and compete for a starting role right away.
I’m glad the Eagles have addressed corner in a big way, but I’m very disappointed that running back has yet to be addressed. I know that corner is a huge need for this team, but right now I think the priority has to be to put Carson Wentz in the best possible position to succeed.
With Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, and other prospects like Alvin Kamara off of the board, I’m not sure that the Eagles get their featured back in this draft. They may only be able to pick up another Wendell Smallwood-type complimentary back at this point.
We’ll see how the final day of the draft plays out.