By: Steve Johnson
Last night, with the 14th overall pick the Eagles selected Derek Barnett DE out of Tennessee. Barnett is a motor guy, that will bring hard work and toughness to the Eagles defense from day one. What he lacks in elite length and athleticism, he makes up with a strong bull rush and good use of his hands.
Here’s a look at some of the best players still on the board, and what the Eagles could and should be targeting at 43.
RBs Dalvin Cook/Joe Mixon/Alvin Kamara
Cook, who many had as their top ranked RB has some character concerns that pushed him out of the first round. Cook is an explosive RB with great vision and good size. He plays faster than his combine tests show, and probably has the best tape of any back out there. The Eagles would probably need to move up to get Cook, but with his red flags who knows what his value is. Keep in mind, Dalvin was brought in for a visit and his grandmother has been touting him to the Eagles
Everyone is well aware of Joe Mixon’s character concerns, but he has the potential to be the most talented runner in this draft. Big, strong, fast and quick Mixon has it all. He’s not the type of player the Eagles tend to target, so don’t get your hopes up.
Again with the character concerns and running backs, Kamara apparently didn’t interview well. Kamara is dangerous when he gets in space, what he lacks in top end speed, he makes up for with elite explosion. He can be a weapon as a receiver and returner as well. Eagles brought him in for a visit as well.
Cam Robinson, OT Alabama
Like Cook, a lot had Robinson as the top rated offensive linemen in the draft but he fell due to character concerns. Robinson is big (6’6′ 322), long (35 1/2″ arms) and agile for his size (1.77 10 yard split). The penalities he’s committed during his career at Alabama is a question mark, and may have turned some teams off. Keep in mind, the Eagles OL coach Jeff Stoutland coached at Alabama before joining the Eagles.
Sidney Jones, CB Washington
Jones, was projected as a first round pick until he ruptured his Achilles tendon before the draft process. Jones, will at minimum have to begin the season on the PUP list, and will likely miss the entire year. He’s a long press corner that has a knack for creating turnovers (9 int, 6 FF in 3 years). He can’t tackle a lick and he’s soft but he’s the type of risk you’d have to debate if you’re the Eagles. The Eagles visited with Jones.
Chidobe Awuzie, CB Colorado
The Eagles have shown a lot of interest in the corner out of Colorado. He’s got good size (6’0″ 202) and runs well (4.46), but his best attributes is his aggressiveness. He’s tough and can play in the slot or could be moved to safety at some point.