The 2019 NFL Draft is coming up, which means that The Game Haus will be doing draft profiles for every team. Each NFL team will be looked at heading into this year’s draft including what their needs are and who they could be targeting. The Philadelphia Eagles will be the 23rd team evaluated.
The Eagles finished last season with a 9-7 record one season after winning their first Super Bowl in franchise history. They earned a wild card berth and won a playoff game but were eliminated in the divisional round by the New Orleans Saints.
Philadelphia had the number 18 offense in the NFL, scoring just 22.9 points per game. They ranked number seven in the league in passing yards per game. However, they had a bottom five rushing attack, with less than 100 rush yards per game. At quarterback, Carson Wentz started 11 games and Nick Foles started seven including the playoffs. Contrary to popular opinion, Wentz actually was solid last year. In those 11 games, he completed 69.6% of his passes for over 3000 yards, with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions with a passer rating of 102.2. Foles led multiple game winning drives in his games, including the playoff game against the Bears. Wentz is returning as starter next year while Sudfeld will be the backup quarterback with Foles gone. Rushing wise, the Eagles had a rotating stable of running backs throughout the season. Jay Ajayi tore his ACL early in the year, so Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams, Corey Clement and Darren Sproles all got starts throughout the season. They traded for Jordan Howard to shore up the backfield and may look at adding someone like Duke Johnson as well. The receiving corps was solid, especially Zach Ertz who broke the tight end reception record with 116 catches. They recently traded for Desean Jackson, a great deep threat to complement Ertz, Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Dallas Goedert.
The Philadelphia Eagles defense was middle of the pack, ranking 12th with 21.8 points per game. In terms of yards, they ranked 23rd. The front seven, in their 4-3 scheme, was solid but took a big step down from their dominance of the 2017 season. Fletcher Cox was dominant on the interior, including finishing with ten sacks. They traded Michael Bennett, who was the most productive defensive end and had nine sacks, to the Patriots. However, Derek Barnett will return from his season-ending injury and Pro-Bowl defensive tackle Malik Jackson is joining the team. In addition, they re-signed All-Pro D-end Brandon Graham and brought back rotational pass rusher Vinny Curry. The pass rushing situation is in a good place. The linebacking corps, on the other hand, needs to improve. Their only set-in-stone starter is Nigel Bradham after middle linebacker Jordan Hicks left in free agency. They still need to upgrade the linebacking corps. The secondary is in a fairly good position, especially at safety. Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod are productive starters while recently signed Andrew Sendejo is a reliable third safety. They have a bunch of young cornerbacks, including Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Avonte Maddox and Rasul Douglas.
2019 NFL Draft Picks
The Eagles have seven draft picks this year to continue building their team.
First round (one pick): No. 25
Second round (two picks): No. 53, No. 57
Fourth round (two picks): No. 127, No. 138
Fifth round (one pick): No. 163
Sixth round (one pick): No. 197
Defensive Tackle- The Philadelphia Eagles like to use a rotation on the defensive line. They have Cox and Malik Jackson as starters, but need a third tackle in the rotation.
Offensive Tackle- Jason Peters is returning for one more season at left tackle, but after that, the Eagles need to find his replacement.
Linebacker- Either a pass rushing or coverage linebacker would benefit the team.
Running Back- Jordan Howard is a good addition, but HC Doug Pederson likes to use a committee and it would help to add a change of pace back.
Interior Offensive Lineman- Pro-Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks is recovering from an achilles tear and they need someone to fill in. While the team believes in Isaac Seumalo at left guard, they need depth behind him after letting Stefan Wisnewski go.
2019 NFL Draft Targets
Pick No. 25: Chris Lindstrom, Offensive Guard, Boston College
There are rumors that the Philadelphia Eagles might very well trade out of this pick, either up or down. If they stay here, adding Lindstrom on the interior defensive line would fill a need and bring versatility. He can play many positions on the offensive line, including both guard spots. Lindstrom could fill in at right guard while Brooks misses time and be an option at left guard if Seumalo doesn’t pan out. He also has the athleticism necessary to play center and could eventually take over once Jason Kelce retires.
Pick No. 53: Jeffrey Simmons, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi St.
Simmons was projected to be a first round pick before tearing his ACL in February. He does have off-the-field concerns, as there is a video of him hitting a woman while in high school. However, he seems to have learned from his mistake and has taken counseling. General manager Howie Roseman has taken highly talented players in the past who slipped due to injury or physical condition, such as Sidney Jones and Josh Sweat. Simmons could come back in time for the home stretch of the season and playoffs.
Pick No. 57: David Montgomery, Running Back, Iowa St.
While the Eagles have been reluctant to draft running backs high in recent years, they could add a powerful, patient runner in Montgomery. In addition to having good field vision and tackle-breaking ability, he takes care of the football and is a good pass protector. He would be a good addition alongside Jordan Howard.
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