Although it was a very interesting day for the way the draft shaped up overall, the Eagles didn’t have anything too exciting happen to them in their camp. They were tied to Lane Johnson a lot recently and ended up taking him fourth overall. This isn’t to say it wasn’t a good pick, but there weren’t any surprises around it.
Come day two, the Eagles have a lot of different directions they could go. To review, the Eagles have the 35th overall pick (second round) and 67th overall (third overall). With drafting an offensive lineman in the first round, I’d think there would be more emphasis on defense in the second and third round for the Birds.
Although they’ve added some depth to the secondary, I still think there is a lot of room to upgrade there. In the second round, they could consider Phillip Thomas out of Fresno State or John Cyprien out of Florida International at safety. At corner, Jonthan Banks could be an option out of Mississippi State. They could potentially add some depth to the defensive line here as well.
One of the interesting things at 35th overall will be the quarterback position. I’m not very high on any of these quarterbacks but it is somewhat surprising that only one of them went in the first round. Maybe that’s not surprising. The surprising part is which of them went in the first round, EJ Manuel. With Geno Smith and Ryan Nassib still available, will the Eagles be more enticed to make a play for one of them? It’s possible, but I’d rather not see them take either of them.
One position I still think they need to address is the nose tackle position. They need a young player that can plug up the middle for a number of years. There should be a number of options that are available in both the second and third rounds. Some of those players include Johnathan Jenkins out of Georgia, Jesse Williams out of Alabama, and Johnathan Hankins out of Ohio State.
In terms of other plays who are still left on the board, the Eagles may consider a few guys who they may not have expected to be on the board. Some of these players include tight end Zach Ertz out of Stanford and wide receivers Justin Hunter (Tennessee) and Robert Woods (USC).
Overall, it was a very intriguing first round and there are a very large number of options on the board for the Eagles. They added a great player and will have the opportunity to add a few more great players in the second and third rounds.