The Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles may not have a lot to work with for this week’s 2018 NFL Draft, but thanks to another productive offseason from the wiz that is Executive VP of Football Operations Howie Roseman, the team has some good options.
Finding someone behind Zach Ertz at tight end is probably the top need. But the Eagles also have option to add to running back with Jay Ajyai’s future uncertain after next season, along with cornerback, offensive line and safety.
Trading out of the first round also remains an option and a fairly strong possibility as well, still without any day two picks.
But for now, here’s a look at some prospects, who are listed with height and weight and other notable measurements and combine numbers, that could benefit Philadelphia at No. 32.
Leighton Vander Esch ILB Boise State (6-4, 256 lbs; 4.65 40-time, 33 7/8 in. arms)
I like this guy a lot. He’s quick and fast, and really tackles well. Never stops, and Vander Esch has some strength and is good in short yardage. I would like to see him get bigger a little bit, but it’s a good, solid first and second down linebacker. Pass coverage is ok, not great. He’s got the speed but still needs some improvement. But Vander Esch would still be a solid late first-round pick.
Connor Williams OL Texas (6-5, 290 lbs. 33 in. arms, 10 1/2 in. hands)
There’s a lot to like about Williams. He’s pretty quick off the ball and has good size. Has pretty good technique overall is his kick-slide. Ability to show some power and take his man out of the play. Lots of key blocks in the run game. Does have a tendency to get stood up, which forces him to grab. Overall though, I like what I see. Definitely works as a late day one pick.
Mike Gesicki Penn State (4.54 40, 6-5 247 lbs; 10 1/8 in. hands)
This guy is the complete package you want in a tight end. A guy that has great hands, sharp rout runner and can get separation and athletic. He can also block very well too. Really good keeping hands inside. Love his 40-time as well and do see it displayed at times when he catches the ball out of the backfield. Definitely see a mid-late first round pick.
Dallas Goedert South Dakota St (6-5, 255 lbs., 10 ¼ in. hands)
There’s definite intrigue here, however only games from 2016 were available to view. You definitely notice the size and athleticism right away. You also see the Zach Ertz comparisons, but I actually think he’s a better block than what most people think. Didn’t seem him get grabby and nice job getting his hands inside and driving guys away. Not bad in pass protection from one snap I saw. But great hands, though will have occasional drop, and he can accelerate a little bit off screen passes. Very versatile in where you can put him on the field. Route running could be a little sharper to gain better separation. Depending on how the board falls, Goedert could be available early in round two if the Eagles work a deal to fall in that spot.
Derrius Guice LSU (5-10, 212 lbs., 30 ¾ in. arms, 9 ¾ in. hands)
He may be small, but you wouldn’t know it by his unbelievable strength. Many times where he just shakes off and drags tacklers. Accelerates pretty well out of the backfield and shows some good vision. Not bad pass catching, but not smooth sometimes. Pass protection does need work however. Solid late first rounder.