How will the Eagles use their picks in the 2017 NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
Coming off a 7–9 campaign, the Eagles are continuing to retool going into the 2017 season. How will they use their picks in the NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
Here's the full list of picks the Eagles hold in the 2017 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Round 1, Pick 14 (No. 14 overall)
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee: This is a good pick. It’s a relatively safe pick. It does not address the Eagles’ biggest need, which is at cornerback, and it also ignores a couple players who slipped down the board. The real positive is in pairing Barnett’s skill off the edge with Jim Schwartz’s scheme. Barnett can line up wide and worry about little else beyond penetrating into the backfield, which is exactly the type of role that should play to his strengths as a pass rusher. Brandon Graham, Chris Long and Barnett make for a talented DE trio from which Schwartz should be able to find a lot of sacks. GRADE: B
Round 2, Pick 11 (No. 43)
Sidney Jones, CB, Washington: Sidney Jones’s Achilles injury would have made him a significant gamble in the first round. In Round 2, though, he’s a value. Remember, he was thought of as a potential top-10 pick before that setback at his pro day. He’s a tall, physical cornerback who can lock down on the outside. When he gets healthy again, the Eagles could have a star. GRADE: A
Round 3, Pick 35 (No. 99)
Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia: Definitely do not mind the Eagles doubling down on cornerback Friday night—it was a trouble spot on their depth chart, and Sidney Jones (their Round 2 pick) likely won’t be available until at least October. Douglas doesn’t have a ton of speed, but he has size, length and a knack for getting in front of receivers. GRADE: A–
Round 4, Pick 12 (No. 118) Mack Hollins, WR, UNC
Round 4, Pick 26 (No. 132) (From Vikings) Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State
Round 5, Pick 22 (No. 166) Shelton Gibson, WR, West Virginia
Round 5, Pick 41 (No. 184) (Compensatory pick, from Dolphins) Nate Gerry, S, Nebraska
Round 6, Pick 31 (No. 214) Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington