The draft is finally over and the Eagles definitely had an interesting one. Some picks were not surprising and some were worth saying, “is Howie okay?” Overall I did like the draft. It filled a lot of glaring holes and it made me very excited to see the upcoming 2020 season. From the great words of Lightning McQueen himself, “Speed, I am speed” is going to be the topic and style of play that the Eagles will perform this season. Here is in-depth analysis of each pick.
1st Round: WR Jalen Reagor
At the time of the selection I was very frustrated. Justin Jefferson was still on the board and the Eagles went with the speedster from TCU. After I cooled off for a good 10 minutes, I looked at his tape. His speed is unmatchable and he is great in the open field. Reagor has dealt with inconsistent quarterback play and if you pair him up with one of the most accurate deep throwers in the league by the name of Carson Wentz, then that duo can be terrifying for many years.
2019 Stats: 43 Receptions, 611 Receiving Yards, 5 Touchdowns and 14.2 Average
2nd Round: QB Jalen Hurts
Before I totally lose all of your respect for me, I want you to know that, I too at the moment did not know what was going on. Now, I like the pick. There, I said it. The selection of Jalen Hurts was very interesting and confusing for the Eagles fanbase at the time. Now that there was time to break it down , some sides of the argument are starting to settle. Carson Wentz is injury prone so the Eagles decided to draft a very talented backup in the 2nd round. The Eagles can use him similarly to Taysom Hill in New Orleans, which could be exciting to see as fans.
2019 Stats: 3851 Passing Yards, 32 Touchdowns, 8 Interceptions, 1298 Rushing Yards and 20 Touchdowns
3rd Round: LB Davion Taylor
This guy is one of fastest linebackers I have ever seen. I was watching a film on him, and this athletic beast caught up to a receiver who everyone thought was long out of reach. Not only does a chasee down tackle show great speed and will, it also shows the amount of effort a player puts into each and every play. Davion Taylor started his athletic career as a track star but found football and boy was that a good choice. Great versatile player for the Eagles who find himself starting this fall.
2019 Stats: 72 Total Tackles, 57 Solo Tackles, 8 Tackles for Loss, 1 Sack
4th Round: S K’Von Wallace
In my totally unbiased opinion, this is definitely the steal of the draft. The Eagles’ need at safety was strong. The Eagles have met with K’Von and made sure that they got him. The team has some luck at drafting safeties from Clemson, cough, cough, Brian Dawkins. They play the same, the same drive to hit the hardest and the same drive to make the play and the next one. Awesome pick up by the Eagles here.
2019 Stats: 72 Total Tackles, 47 Solo Tackles, 2 Sacks, 2 Interceptions, 10 Pass Deflections
4th Round: OL Jack Driscoll
I really like this pick, not only for his position and his size, but for his ability to switch and move around the offensive line at the college level. When you ask for a player to switch positions it may be a challenge for them but, he welcomed it with open arms. The Eagles needed a guy like this who can play anywhere because of their loss of Big V, and they filled the hole greatly in the early rounds.
Good Stuff to Know: 45 Consecutive Starts, 2019 All-Academic Team, 6’5, 296lbs
5th Round: WR John Hightower
This pick caught me by surprise. There was still plenty of cornerback talent on the board, but the Eagles went with another wide receiver. When I was looking at his stats and his highlights, I was very happy all of the sudden. He is a 6’2 beast out of Boise State, and boy can this man jump. His vertical jump is 38.5 which was one of the top at the combine this year. He is very explosive and could be JJ Arcega-Whiteside’s nightmare.
2019 Stats: 51 Receptions, 943 Yards, 8 Touchdowns, 18.5 Average
6th Round: LB Shaun Bradley
This was a steal for the Eagles. I would love that Bradley would go in the 3rd Round, but he somehow fell right to the Eagles. The local kid who played his ball at Temple would not have to move at all. The Eagles loved him and showed a substantial amount of interest in him. I can’t find anything that I hate about this pick, he is athletic and was a star at Temple. Him and Taylor might battle it out for the starting job.
2019 Stats: 86 Tackles, 61 Solo Tackles, 8 Tackles for Loss, 1 Forced Fumble
6th Round: WR Quez Watkins
Yes, the Eagles took another wide receiver and yes, he is very fast. Quez Watkins recorded 4.35 40 times. He can literally fly down the field and make catches for Carson Wentz. Him and Reagor are very fast and both share that ability to make moves in the open field. I think the Eagles should’ve waited on him and kept him close, but taking him in the 6th was fine with me. He ripped up the CUSA conference every week.
2019 Stats: 64 Receptions, 1,178 Receiving Yards, 6 Touchdowns, 18.4 Average
6th Round: OT Prince Tega Wanogho
I know I said that K’Von Wallace was the steal of the draft, but Prince might be up there with him. According to many NFL scouts and analysts, Prince was definitely a Top 10 Offensive Tackle. Prince was even on Mel Kiper’s Best Available board for a long time and when we selected him I was very pumped up. A Lot of scouts had him lower on their board for his lack of motivation, but he told Doug Pederson that he won’t regret this decision, so that made me warm and fuzzy about him.
Good Stuff to Know: 6’5 and 307lbs, very athletic and he is royalty in Nigeria!
7th Round: LB Casey Toohill
This pick was really weird for the Eagles. I really wish they drafted a defensive lineman like Kenny Willekes from Michigan State. But, Casey Toohill is a very smart and very athletic tackler that can be moved everywhere on the field. After making multiple All-Academic teams at Stanford, the Eagles could be getting a dude that can read the offense.
2019 Stats: 57 Total Tackles, 37 Solo Tackles, 11.5 Tackles for Loss, 8 Sacks, Forced Fumble