How will the Eagles use their picks in the 2019 NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
The Philadelphia Eagles finished the 2018 season at 9–7 after a rocky start and went on to upset the third-seeded Chicago Bears in the Wild Card round to advance to the divisional round of the playoffs, where they fell to the Saints, 14–20 and ended their quest to defend the team's 2017 Super Bowl title.
Philadelphia took TE Dallas Goedert out of South Dakota State in the second round with their first selection in last year's draft but after letting backup quarterback Nick Foles go this offseason, all eyes are on who the Eagles might take this year to bolster their offense and give Carson Wentz some more options on the field.
We're breaking down each of the Eagles' selections in this year's NFL draft, as well as providing a full list of Philadelphia's picks, which will be updated as the draft continues.
Round 1, Pick 22 (No. 22 overall):
Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
Andy Benoit's grade: B
The book on Dillard is he’s a raw talent whom offensive line coaches would love to get their hands on. Philadelphia’s Jeff Stoutland won the draw. And Stoutland will have time; aging future Hall of Famer Jason Peters is expected back on the left side for 2019 and Lane Johnson remains a Pro Bowl—if not All-Pro-caliber—specimen on the right side. Dillard, who should be the future left tackle, can learn from the bench as a rookie. The focus will be on his run-blocking, as Dillard’s Washington State Cougars did not employ many NFL-style run concepts, while the Eagles have one of football’s most expansive rushing schemes.
Round 2, Pick 21 (No. 53 overall) Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State
Andy Benoit's grade: A
In 2017 Philly had a deep backfield and the NFL’s most expansive ground game. That changed last year, and now we’re seeing the correction. Jordan Howard, an excellent all-around zone runner, was acquired for a conditional sixth round pick that can rise to a fifth. And he’ll eventually take a back seat to Sanders, a smooth, patient three-down back who has the lateral agility to create his own space.
Round 2, Pick 25 (No. 57 overall): JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford, WR
Andy Benoit's grade: B
A steady possession target is just the thing for an Eagles offense that found its much-needed speed in free agent signing DeSean Jackson but was looking for receiver depth and a possible replacement for Nelson Agholor, who has long been rumored to be on the trading block (and whose contract expires after this year).
Round 4, Pick 36 (No. 138 overall): Shareef Miller, DE, Penn St.
Round 5, Pick 29 (No. 167 overall): Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern
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