Many questions surround the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles this offseason. Underlying many cap related questions is what the Eagles plan to do with the No. 32 overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Philadelphia doesn’t have many resources, only having a pair of fourth and fifth round picks, and a sixth round pick.
With that, there’s a possibility the Eagles could trade out of the first round to gain more picks.
As the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine begins this weekend, here’s a look at what to look out for as this year’s prospects work out in Indianapolis.
Day 1 Friday, March 2: RB, OL, ST
First thing that comes to mind is who makes a name for themselves on special teams. Head Coach Doug Pederson was first to mention during his Wednesday press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium special teams was a must upgrade this offseason. The Eagles picked up a solid special teams contributor in wide receiver Mack Hollins in last year’s draft, and look as though they’ll hold that to a high standard when evaluating prospects this draft.
Running back could also be a position addressed, though it’s not the top position of need. LeGarrette Blount is a free agent, leaving Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement in the backfield. Kenjon Barner is most likely not back next season either. It’s also unclear if the Eagles will bring back Darren Sproles after tearing his ACL early in the season. Reports say LSU’s Derrius Guice could be available. Georgia’s Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, and USC’s Ronald Jones II are also among the top backs in this year’s class.
Offensive line could also be addressed this draft for depth purposes, especially at tackle with Jason Peters’ future uncertain. Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey and Oklahoma’s Orlando Brown will most likely go early, leaving Texas’ Connor Williams, Oregon’s Tyrell Crosby, Mississippi State’s Martinas Rankin, and UCLA’s Kolton Miller all as possibilities of being available at No. 32.
Day 2 Saturday, March 3: QB, WR, TE
While everyone will want a good look at another hyped quarterback class, the Eagles will be heavily be interested in the tight ends. Trey Burton is a pending free agent and is likely to go elsewhere, and Brent Celek could be a cap-causality. One name that pops up who could be available is Penn State’s Mike Gesicki, Oklahoma’s Mark Andrews, and Washington’s Will Dissly.
Day 3 Sunday, March 4: DL, LB
This will be a big day for the Eagles as they look to address a thin linebacking core. Trade rumors continue to surround Mychal Kendricks, Nigel Bradham’s a free agent (though he’ll be a top priority for the Eagles) and Jordan Hicks is coming off a ruptured Achilles. Its possible two to three linebackers could be gone by the time the Eagles are on the clock, but guys like Boise State’s Leighton Vander Esch, Alabama’s Rashan Evans, and USC’s Uchenna Nwosu are all viable candidates to be available.
Looking for another interior defensive lineman isn’t out of the question for the Eagles either despite having that potent rotation that was key in a championship year. Beau Allen is unlikely to return, leaving the door for a No. 3 defensive tackle. Three to four interior defensive linemen could be taken in round one as well, but one guy who could be available is Stanford’s Harrison Phillips.
Day 4 Monday, March 5: DB
Cornerback and safety will be interesting to see what kind of direction the Eagles go in. The biggest need that stands out is the need of a No. 3 safety, which could come in the later rounds. Cornerback will also be looked at, especially with Patrick Robinson’s uncertain future.
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Matt Catrillo is a Philadelphia Eagles Writer for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter @MCatrillo. For more coverage on the Eagles and the NFL from Matt, tune in to the Next Game New Game Podcast.