A whirlwind first round set fans up for some shocks, some disappointments and left a lot of talent on the board for teams in the second round. Here are some options for the Eagles as they get set for the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
WR A.J. Brown – Mississippi
The Golden Tate trade didn’t exactly work out as the Eagles had hoped. Brown is an opportunity to start fresh. He’s a big-bodied slot in the mold of Tate and can learn the offense from scratch.
WR Parris Campbell – Ohio State
The Eagles jumped ahead of the Texans to grab OT Andre Dillard only to watch the Ravens take Marquise Brown with their original pick. Brown was thought to be a target for Philadelphia; one that could eventually replace Desean Jackson. Although a tad less explosive, Campbell has the speed and run after the catch ability that made Brown an enticing option.
WR Deebo Samuel – South Carolina
A mix of the two receivers above, Samuel may be the best route runner in the class. He’s got some speed, but has a bigger frame than “Hollywood” Brown. He also adds some special teams value as a returner.
WR Kelvin Harmon – NC State
If the Eagles would rather look for a big bodied receiver to compliment Alshon Jeffrey, Harmon would be the best option for them in the mid second round. He has more speed than people give him credit for, but makes his money as a jump ball receiver.
RB Miles Sanders – Penn State
Philadelphia is rumored to love the Penn State running back, and he may be one of the players the team considers trading up for. Sanders has shown flashes of an all-round back at the next level and could make for a fantastic compliment to Jordan Howard in his rookie season.
OT Cody Ford – Oklahoma
Despite the fact the Eagles spent their first rounder addressing their offensive line, it’s not outside of the realm of possibilities they double down in that area. Ford projects as a guard for Philly and with Brandon Brooks’ injury still looming large on the 2020 season, the team could use a versatile lineman to add to the lineup.
OT Dalton Risner – Kansas State
It may not be pretty, but there is no denying that championships are won in the trenches. Much like Ford, Risner is a college tackle that projects best as an NFL guard. He has fantastic college production and would be a boon for the run game at left guard.
Edge Jaylon Ferguson – Louisiana Tech
A talented pass rusher, Ferguson has dealt with some off-field issues in his career. More of a technical player than an athletic marvel, he’s the type of player the Eagles would be willing to develop behind Brandon Graham.
Edge Chase Winovich – Michigan
Winovich is lightning quick with a hot motor, two traits that fit right in with the Eagles defense. For some — myself included — he has first-round talent, but had a large shadow cast over him by Rashan Gary.
Edge Jachai Polite – Florida
A speed demon off the edge, Polite is a tad slight in the frame. He will also have to work on his run defending. Still, he would add a fantastic change of pace to the Eagles pass rush rotation.
LB Mack Wilson – Alabama
A smooth mover with good processing, Wilson would be a fantastic replacement for Jordan Hicks. His consistency will have to improve, but second-day selections can’t be perfect.
LB Vosean Joseph – Florida
Another speedy defender, Joseph has sideline to sideline presence. His pension for contact will have to improve, but he would fit well next to Nigel Bradham, who has no issue doing the dirty work.
CB Greedy Williams – LSU/ Byron Murphy – Washington
Williams and Murphy will almost definitely come off the board early in the second round. However, the Eagles do have the necessary ammo left to put themselves near the top of the round if the mood strikes. Both would make great additions to the secondary.
CB Rock Ya-Sin – Temple
A physical corner who plays with a chip on his shoulder, Ya-Sin has been a steady draft climber from the get-go. He would instantly be a fan favorite and may remind you a lot of Jalen Mills. He could eventually take over for Mills if the Eagles decide to move on from the former LSU star.
CB Justin Layne – Michigan State
A converted receiver who excels in press, Layne is still a work in progress. Nevertheless, he’s someone the Eagles could add to the roster for a reasonable price that could put the heat on the other young corners on the roster.
CB Joejuan Williams – Vanderbilt
Long and lanky, Williams is a difficult man to deal with in press coverage. He’s physical and willing to play the run — something that is essential for Jim Schwartz’ defense.
S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson – Florida
Thought of as a lock in the first round, the Eagles may have to trade up to secure CGJ. He does everything Philadelphia requires at the safety position and Howie won’t hesitate to call his name if he does fall.
S Nassir Adderly – Delaware
The two safeties are essentially interchangeable in terms of fit and value. I see CGJ a bit ahead of Adderly, but both would make great second day selections.