When the 2016 NFL Draft starts on April 28th, the Eagles will be starting off with the 2nd overall pick, as they traded up with the Cleveland Browns. Here’s how that trade breaks down
2nd overall pick
2017 4th round pick
8th overall pick
77th overall (3rd round)
100th overall (4th round)
2017 1st round pick
2018 2nd round pick
Back in March, the Eagles traded Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso to the Dolphins to move up from 13 to 8. So now after the trade the Eagles own the 2nd pick, 3rd Round 79th Overall, 5th Round 153rd Overall, 5th Round 164th Overall (from Pittsburgh), 6th Round 188th Overall, 7th Round 233rd Overall 7th Round, 251st Overall (from Arizona) Last year in our final mock draft we predicted Eric Rowe to the Eagles, a round early but it was still clear to us that the Eagles were targeting him. Here’s some prospects that you can get to know before your Philadelphia Eagles just may select them, broken down by their draft projection.
3rd Round (77th)
T.J. Green, S Clemson
What better way to start off the Doug Pederson era than taking their QB at 2, following it up with a Safety from Clemson that get this…idolizes Brian Dawkins (Eagles fan pre cum). The Eagles brought in the Tiger’s safety for a visit earlier this month. Green is a elite size/speed specimen, standing 6’2″ 209 pounds, and running a 4.34 at the combine. Green is extremely raw, having been only a 1 year starter at safety, and originally coming to Clemson as a wide receiver. But at 77, if he’s even there, why not continue the risky picks and take em.
Paul Perkins, RB UCLA
Perkins is one of our favorite players in this years draft. He’s got good size, quick feet and excellent vision. He may never become a full time starter but he instantly helps the Eagles.
Deion Jones, LB LSU
Jones is a phenomenal athlete, running at Combine best for Linebackers 4.58 40. The downside is he weighs 222 pounds and is only a one year starter for the Tigers. He’s your prototypical WILL in a 4-3, similar to Kendricks.
Yannick Ngakoue, DE Maryland
Most think that Ngakoue is a rush linebacker, but I like him as a weak side DE as well. He’s got a little bit of Trent Cole in him, not being the biggest (6’2″ 252) or the fastest (4.72 40), but he plays with leverage and has a motor that’s always running.
5th Round (153rd and 164th)
Nick Kwiatkoski, LB West Virginia
Kwiatkoski is the type of hard nose blue collar bring your lunch pail to work linebacker that Philly fans would fall in love with. This kid always knows where the ball is, holding blocks (completely tossing Gronk’s bitch of a brother) and seeing and reacting to developing plays (see Kansas State game). He led the Mountaineers in tackling for 3 years, playing all across their 3-3-5 formation. Kwiatkoski could contribute on special teams day one and work himself into the starting lineup at any 3 linebacker positions in a 4-3.
Demarcus Robinson, WR Florida
The Eagles brought in the Gators WR for a private workout earlier in the process. He’s got decent size (6’1 1/2, 203″ with long arms (33 inches) and NFL pedigree (nephew of Marcus Robinson). He doesn’t have the speed I’d think the Eagles are looking at, but he makes plays.
6th Round (188th)
Kolby Listenbee, WR TCU
Listenbee can flat out fly running in the low 4.3s. If the Eagles are going to take a WR, expect it to be a speed guy and likely in the late round. Listenbee played in TCU’s “Air Raid” offense, basically running go routes. So he will need a year or two to really get his feet wet.
7th Round (233rd and 251st)
Steve Daniels, LB Boston College
Daniels is a late round sound linebacker from BC. He’s not tall (5’11”) but he’s stout. Daniels takes on blockers with no fear. He’s not the fastest guy but he’s gonna bring effort you look for on special teams and as a backup LB.
Michael Thomas, WR Southern Miss
The nephew of Keyshawn Johnson looks the part at 6’3″ 212 with big hands. He’s strong, having benched 18 reps of 225 at the combine. He’s still a developmental player that needs time to become more polished as a receiver.
David Morgan II, TE Texas-San Antonio
Morgan is a very intriguing TE small school prospect. He’s got excellent size (6’4, 262) and excellent ball skills. He produced the fastest 20 yard shuttle and the 3rd fastest 3 come drill of all tight ends at this years combine. Total sleeper.