I think most Eagles fans can agree that wide receiver Nelson Agholor was a very good first round pick by the Eagles brass mainly Chip. While we missed out on Mariota we still have Fletcher Cox which is a good thing. Day 2 brings new holes to fill for our Birds. I’m looking for the offensive line to be addressed in either round 2 or round 3 along with the secondary as well. Many of the higher rated cornerbacks were selected in the first round including Byron Jones to Dallas which I hate to admit was another solid first round pick by Jerry Jones. Draft pundits have said the drop off at the cornerback position after the top guys is steep, but the Eagles still need to address the need. The same goes for the offensive line with the future of Evan Mathis very much up in the air and the hole at right guard as well following the release of Todd Herremans. Personally, I like the options that are available in this draft to be able to step in and start from day one. I’m not thrilled with the idea of either Allen Barbre, Matt Tobin, or Andrew Gardner being the week 1 starter against Atlanta. I’ve seen what those guys bring to the table and I’d prefer to go in another direction. It should be another fun day in Eagles Nation here’s a few names to keep an eye on for the second day of the draft.
Jeremiah Poutasi– Guard (Utah)
Poutasi played tackle at Utah, but many scouts believe his best move will be inside to guard which is perfect for the Eagles. Listening on 97.5 the Fanatic yesterday Adam Caplan mentioned the Eagles were very interested in Poutasi and could see him being the 3rd round selection. The former Utah Ute has a wide frame and would probably benefit to the move inside especially playing next to Jason Kelce. Scouts mentioned the improve footwork from 2013 to 2014 for Poutasi which bodes well. Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland is very underrated and I’d be excited to see what he could do with this kid.
AJ Cann– Guard (South Carolina)
Cann was a four year starter as a Gamecock and is the type of guy you can plug in right away as rookie at either guard spot. Most scouts believe he is best suited for left guard which ironically Evan Mathis currently plays. Cann will not jump out at you with his athleticism which doesn’t seem to fit the mold of some of the other offensive linemen Chip likes and has. However, his experience at the college level and power run blocking traits makes him a good fit. He is projected as a 2ndround pick and has a similar style of play to current NFL linemen Ben Grubbs with the Chiefs. If Cann is on the board at 52 that is a value pick for Chip and I think he would fit in well.
Darryl Williams- Guard/Tackle (Oklahoma)
Williams was rumored to be one of the many pre draft visits and workouts the Eagles had scheduled. He played mostly right tackle during his time as a Sooner and is projected best as a guard in the NFL. Lane Johnson would probably welcome his former college teammate. He is a very physical player who can dominate at the point of attack. Williams is a very tough player who leads by example on the field which Chip will eat right up. Scouts have praised him for his overall character and work ethic which fits right into the culture talk. The lack of pure athleticism for Williams will ultimately force him inside to guard unless there is a need that arises at either tackle position. Chip could target Williams in the 3rd round today or possibly 4thround on Saturday.
Eric Rowe- Defensive Back (Utah)
Rowe is still undecided whether he’ll be a safety or cornerback in the NFL. That is the type of versatility that Chip Kelly likes to have in his players. He would most likely need to be taken in the 2nd round due to the lack of depth in the overall class. Rowe started three years at free safety before making the switch to corner this past year. He is a tall corner who likes to press receivers, but can struggle to stay with receivers down the field. His ball skills have been praised as well which might make him more of a fit to play in the back end rather than outside.
Alex Carter- Cornerback (Stanford)
Carter has good size for a corner and also plays with a physical style as well. He is a willing contributor in the run game which adds to his value considering his position. The Stanford product is also comfortable playing zone as well which some man corners struggle to adjust to. He does tend to struggle with deep coverage and can lack the confidence according to some scouts. Carter also needs to improve with his back to the ball which all Eagles fans cringe when hearing due to Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams. Carter might be better suited for safety at the next level since he’s better when he sees the play develop in front of him.
Josh Shaw- Cornerback (USC)
Shaw played various positions while at Southern Cal. He was featured at outside corner, slot corner and played safety as well. This is the type of versatility that Chip loves in his players especially the secondary it’s a big part of what they look for in their defensive backs. Shaw does not have elite speed, but does possess good size for a corner. He also had a strange off the field issue in 2014 when he made up a lie about saving his drowning nephew when in reality he hurt his ankle evading the police. Nonetheless those character issues don’t seem to be a concern anymore after NFL teams met with Shaw. He might be a reach in the 3rd round but his versatility makes him a name to watch.