By: Steve Johnson
Last night, as CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy, the Eagles stayed put. Letting the board unfold, and having a glaring need at Wide Receiver, the Eagles selected Jalen Reagor, out of TCU, with the 21st pick. A lot of Eagles fans, were hoping for Justin Jefferson, the LSU Receiver that has been mocked to the birds for the past two months. While I didn’t have first round grades on either player, i did have Reagor ranked higher, and with the options they had, I do think it’s a good selection. You can read my full scouting report on Reagor here. Reagor’s production dropped in 2019, but it was mostly due to an inept offense, and inexperience at the Quarterback position. What Eagles fans need to know, is Reagor has tremendous upside. I saw a lot of people (probably those that didn’t watch the tape) say that Reagor wasn’t that fast, or that Jefferson ran a faster 40. While that may be true, anyone that watched the two, know who the faster player is. And that’s no knock on Jefferson, a great prospect in his own right. But what really stands out to me, is Reagor’s explosiveness. His 1.52 10 yard split in the 40 grades in the 93 percentile, his 42″ vertical is in the 98th, and his 138″ broad jump is in the 99th. All of those, are evidence of an explosive player. Anyone that understands football knows that the first 10 yards is more important than the next 30, and that explosiveness is key in this game. With the consensus big 3 WRs gone, and the board full of positions the Eagles don’t need, upside is the way to go. I’ve heard the comparison to Nelson Agholor, which couldn’t be less true. Reagor is faster, has a better build, and is a flat out strong kid. As a sophomore he was power cleaning 380, benching 380, and squatting 620. For comparison sake, Saquon Barkley as a sophomore was 405/390/600 respectfully. If that wasn’t enough to sell you, in the 2017 Alamo Bowl vs Stanford, Reagor was clocked at a max speed of 22.6 mph on a TD reception. How many NFL ball carriers were clocked faster than this in 2019? ZERO. Pretty fast for a guy that ran a slow 4.47.
Are the Eagles done drafting WRs? Not necessarily. There’s still a lot of guys on the board, as it’s the deepest WR draft in recent memory. I’m not sure if they’ll take another one tonight, but here’s some names to keep an eye on. The birds own pick 53 and 103.
Wide Receiver. Denzel Mims/K.J. Hamler
Drafting another WR might not be ideal in some fans minds, but it’s still a need. Alshon Jeffery’s roster spot is still up in the air after having a drop-off in production, and being rumored to be behind the locker room turmoil. Desean Jackson isn’t getting any younger, and can’t be counted on to play an entire season. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, looked lost last year, and Greg Ward, despite coming along down the stretch, still has limited upside. Both Mims and Hamler are different players than Reagor, and both should go in the 2nd round. I had Mims ranked as my WR6, and Hamler as WR9. It’s been reported that they’re very interested in both.
Interior Offensive Line. Lloyd Cushenberry/Matt Hennessey
Both are interior linemen, that have started primarily at center. Cushenberry, the LSU product, is probably going to go somewhere in the 40s/50s. Hennessey should go a little later, but is still expected to be drafted in Day Two. The temple product, has been compared by some, to Jason Kelce. The Eagles have shown interest in both players.
Secondary. Cameron Dantzler/Darnay Holmes, Amik Roberston
The Eagles made the trade for Slay, but are still lacking a talented secondary. Reports are they’ve looked to move Rasul Douglas, and Sidney Jones may be on his last shot to contribute. All three are corner backs that the Eagles have reportedly had interest in during the pre-draft process. Dantzler, is a bigger press man corner, from Mississippi St. Holmes and Robertson are both on on the smaller side, but make up for it with quickness. Robertson seems to fit the new hybrid nickel position, he’s a tough player.
Defensive Line. James Lynch/Justin Madubuike/Leki Fotu
The Eagles are deep here, but you can never have enough depth on the D-Line. Lynch and Fotu, both seem like late day two/early day three players, but the Eagles have met with both. Lynch played on the edge at Baylor, but projects better as a 3-Technique defensive tackle that can shoot the gaps. Fotu, is the opposite, a mammoth of a man, he projects as a 1-Technique that can clog the gaps in the run game. Madubuike, is probably a mid day two player, that probably has front offices with grades all over the place. Like Lynch, he’s a gap shooting defensive tackle, that played out of position at Texas A&M.
Linebacker. Logan Wilson
Wilson, is a former defensive back, that is fluid and fast. He is a future three-down linebacker, that has been climbing up boards the past month. He is somewhat the Eagles have been linked to over the draft process, and rightfully so. Their linebacker group is young and in-experienced after cutting Nigel Bradham. Wilson would be able to step in day one and contribute.